The Tulip Etimo Soft Grip Crochet hook is considered one of the best crochet hooks available. The pink soft grip has an ergonomically flattened thumb rest. This makes it easier to control the hook for both pencil- and knifegrips. The soft grip is big enough to provide some ‘substance’ in your hand, meaning that you do not have to grip the crochet hook as tightly as you would for a normal metal hook. This is especially beneficial for smaller hooks to help you relax your grip. This all benefits your crochet, as it helps you to obtain an even tension and more uniform stitches.
The head of the crochet hook is very smooth so the yarn doesn’t snag (or squeak!) and semi-blunt, to help you get into stitches easier and to prevent splitting of the yarn. The shaft is tapered, and the matte red colour catches the light gently, not reflecting harshly. The soft grip measures 10cm (4in), and the hook portion measures 4.5cm (1.75in), giving you a total length of 14.5cm (5.75in). Hooks are available from size 1.80mm to size 6.5mm.
We can tell you from personal experience that after over two years of intensive use, the hooks still look like new. The coating of the shaft and head is durable and the size indication is still very clear. All in all, The Japanese Tulips hooks are what we consider one of the best brands out there.