So, I tried my new felting tool and I wasn't too impressed. After two stabs, all three needles broke! I wonder if they skimp on the quality of needles that come with the tool. I replaced the needles with ones I already owned. They did just fine.
After all of this I am still using my one needle sans tool. By holding the needle on its own I have more control and the force of stabbing is much greater.
Oh well! Lesson learned.
Ciao for now,