Since I started crocheting (about 5/6 years ago) I've acquired a small collection of hooks. I've been on a search for the perfect hook for a while now and I've almost found it.
Here's my review of the crochet hooks I own...
From bottom to top:
1. My mum's grey vintage aluminium Disc crochet hook, my first hook - I only use this occassionally, it's not the most comfortable to use, but it was my mum's and I love it.
2. A Knit Pro Symfonie double ended wooden crochet hook - after initally buying some cheap coloured aluminium hooks from ebay, I moved onto these, double ended seemed like better value for money than some - 2 hooks for 1! I like them but sometimes the other end of the hook, kind of catches in your palm.
3. Brittany birchwood hook - I took a liking to Artesano alpaca wool quite early on in my crocheting life. They had an offer I used to obtain these hooks, collect the labels from their wool to receive a free hook. I enjoyed using the wool and the hooks. They are beautifully made and a great length if you like a longer hook.
4. Knit Pro Spectra interchangeable acrylic hook - I haven't really used this yet, but if I ever decide to try Tunisian crochet, this hook and some cables are ready to go...
5. Clover Amour hook- My 2nd favourite hook, comfortable to hold with a flat thumb rest and colourful handles. They have a slightly dry feel to the handle, which I'm not so keen on.
6. My fimo/polymer handle hook - my own attempt at making a crochet hook handle, one YouTube video, a bit of baking in the oven and voila. I picked the 2.00mm hook up cheaply, so I didn't mind risking ruining it. I was fun to try, but my handle seems to be quite heavy, which makes the hook a bit unbalanced to use. When it comes to Fimo handles, less just might be more.
7. A Knit Pro Waves hook- I find these hooks a little flat when you hold them and a bit short, not a favourite.
8. A Fleabubs by Lala polymer hook - A coloured aluminium hook encased in a very pretty polymer/Fimo handle. It's swirly, has flowers, a bit of contouring on the handle and quite comfortable to use. What's not to like.
9. A Tulip Etimo Rose hook - I had heard other crocheters mentioning this brand of hooks, but hadn't seen any locally. People seemed to really like them, so I purchased a couple to see whether they really were that different. So far it's my new favourite, it has a smoother handle (smoother than the Clover Amour hooks), with a perfectly shaped thumb rest. The handle could be a lttle longer and if it was, it would be perfect.
My hookroll is by Ellabella on Folksy, if you are interested.