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Comparison with Clover Soft Touch and Tulip Etimo
on November 23, 2012
I'm comparing this hook to the two mentioned above because they are some of the most ergonomic and available hooks and seem most similar to this one.
compared to soft touch: the grip is soft and rubbery, not hard plastic. The handle is longer than the one on soft touch. The handle is also shaped quite differently from soft touch to my surprise. It is somewhat roundish and has a rounded back, as opposed to the soft touch which is kinda like a butter knife handle. I was hoping for a completely smooth steel finish on the hook, but it feels like the exact same hook that is on the soft touch, except that instead of the matte gold spray painted looking surface on soft touch, it instead has silver paint. The hook part does work well and I have had no trouble switching back and forth with other hooks.
Compared to tulip etimo: the rubbery material on the handle is labelled the same stuff as on the tulip (I believe it's called elastomer?), but on the amour hook, it is just slightly harder and more porous than the tulip, which is a tad softer as well as smoother. I love the different colored handles. The handle is shaped even more rounded than tulip etimo's handle and has a bit of a bump on the back. It doesn't bother me but It did feel different. Very comfortable though, as comfortable as the tulip in my book. The hook part --- tulip is a bit smoother, however the amour hook has a slightly pointier head and somehow pokes into stitches more a tad more easily than the tulip.
I like the amour hook well enough that I will probably eventually get them all. It is a nice second option to have to my tulip etimos and seems to force me to use slightly different pressure or muscles in my hand, so I am thinking it is good to switch up once in awhile. I do hope Clover comes out with a nice looking case that holds all the amour hooks neatly.