Ditto for me. I have mostly Boye, I guess because they were most widely available where I shopped, but I prefer the hook on my metal Bates. Can't stand plastic hooks, yuck. :ick: I have a few of those ergonomic handle Clover ones, Soft Touch maybe they're called, but the handle is too short for me. I have one bamboo one from Crystal Palace. It's okay, but because of the drag and my great sensitivity to the sounds certain things make when rubbing together, I can only use it on wool. But yeah, Bates metal hooks are my favorites.