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I dont have any wooden hooks.  I also avoid plastic.  Most of my hooks are Boye from the 70's and just have the letter system for sizing on them.  I have some of their old steel hooks also.  I have purchased a few other brands and styles and even newer Boye hooks but always go back to my old ones.  I have some of my aunts old small steel hooks and many of them are bent----- I guess from crocheting very tight.

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I have the combo bates bamboo that give you the wooden handles and the metal heads.  Sadly the line is starting to be phased out.  I'm looking for new steel thread hooks as I've lost some and they need to be replaced.  I purchased extras of the Bates Bamboo in the standard hook sizes to store for the future because I know over time I'll lose some and they really have been my favorite hooks over the years.

I did break a few wooden hooks when I was learning as I tend to be rough on my hooks.

I have a couple of the larger wood hooks that I like for afghans when I can find them.  I tend to box and put away stuff I don't use on a regular basis and I haven't seen the wood hooks in a while. I liked the way they rolled through my hand.

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I have a nice set “rainbow” wood hooks I bought from knit picks several years ago. I’ve been using them more lately because they are lightweight, non reflective when using a light in the pm. Smallest is an E and k the largest. I added cushions on them and more cozy to use for hours of crocheting. I have Larger wood ? Bamboo hooks I rarely use. Love my Susan Bates with soft cushion on them 

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Some years ago DH gave me a 5 piece set of L Brittany wood crochet hooks he found at the local yarn shop. I used them a few times and had difficulty with the yarn not gliding off easily. DH polished all of them with wood polish paste, then they worked fine. I was trying one the other day and have difficulty with them now due to arthritis and cannot find "hook cushions" anymore for comfort. 

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I have some really nice wooden hooks and I prefer my Bates hooks.  I on occasion try my pretty wooden ones but it’s just more comfortable for me to use the good ole metal ones. I do like the bamboo handled Bates hooks they are my favorite by far. 

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I like the feel of wood in my hand but hooking yarn or thread proves to be a bit difficult.  I tend to crochet fast so I like a hook that allows the yarn to "flow" across the head.  I've tried micro sanding and even using paste wax yet often the yarn simply slows down on a wooden hook.....at least for me.  Most of my hook collection is either Bates or Boye.  I do have a rather extensive cache of old steel hooks from Germany, England and Japan that I used for intricate thread work.   However, especially with yarn of all kinds, I always end up going back to my standard Boye/Bates hooks, they are like old friends.  Barbara

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OK.  Here I go (again).  I know I've said this all before. 

The Bates bamboo handled hook is fine for those using the knife hold.  For those of us who have no ability to learn this (we are knows  as pencil holders), the placement of the wood part is all wrong.  It is too high up the shaft.  

I was lucky to discover the Addi bamboo hooks.  Some have no handle as such, it's just wood from top to bottom so all you have to do is slide a rubber (plastic) pencil-gripping thingy on.  You can get them at the stationery store.  If the shaft is too thin for one of those, you put a few rounds of white tape on first.  My Addi 4.50mm & 5.00mm bamboo-only are in that category. 

Other Addis of all sizes do have a nice wooden handle placed ergonomically so that both pencil- and knife-holders can use them.  I own a few of those and like them a lot. 

There ya go.  I love reading everyone's comments on hooks! 

Re the Boye hook mentioned by commenter BGS.  I  have one (5.5; grey plastic) and it has the weirdest business-end I have ever seen.  The shaft narrows suddenly into a really thin part before the head itself. Not a gradual sloping as in other hooks.  I am surprised it hasn't shapped off yet.  

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I only have one plastic hook size N and it came in a kit.  Dont know who made it as its not marked.  I only used it working the kit project.  After that I purchased aluminum Boye in the large sizes.

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I do not use wooden hooks. I really HATE plastic hooks because after a while they do not want to glide. I almost damaged my hand for good crocheting Amigurumi (very tight) with all those cheap metal hooks (NO cushions on handles). I was crocheting my Amigurumi in pain :(.

Until about 5 years ago I bought a SET of CLOVER hooks and another SET of AMORE hooks. Since I bought those hooks with those "special" handles I could crochet my Amigurumi with NO PAIN at all. They are great!, glide very easy :).

Krys

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I have used pencil or pen grips that I found in the office supply for larger aluminum hooks

I have the same issues with my hands and use wood because its light and the weight of aluminum causes me problems at times

I also use plastic if its not a tight stitch and gauge doesn't matter

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