10-01-2009, 12:42 PM
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Boye vs. Bates
Well, different manufacturers apply the standard US sizes with different tolerance. What Wheat Wrote is a blog by Wheat Carr and she has at least one post lamenting the loose measurement tolerances used by different manufacturers.
Aside from that there is also a difference in style between Bates and Boye. Boye hooks tend to have a smaller, more pointed head of the hook with a tapered neck and longer barrel (to the thumb tab). Bates maintains barrel size all the way to the head of the hook which is less pointed and the slot that is cut into full diameter neck of the hook.
Here is a link to a site http://www.crochetcabana.com/hooks.htm that discusses hooks and their differences by manufacturer.
Here is an image that shows a side by side view of Bates and Boye hooks of the "same size."
The size of a hook is determined by the diameter of the shaft and not the head of the hook.
I personally prefer the longer shaft of the Boye hooks and feel that Susan Bates is trying to give me the short shaft.
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