Doris Chan says it best: The biggest advantage of the Tulip ETIMO hook is the elastomeric comfort grip. It is revolutionary, supremely comfortable, functional, and durable. It has a soft, smooth, cushy feel and fits perfectly in my hand. She never wants to be without hers. Plus Etimo hooks are made from durable superior quality aluminum with a polished finish that does not flake or chip. Even better, the handle's length, and depth of the hook itself make stitching easier. The result is a crocheter's dream that allows for longer stitching with more accuracy and greater comfort.