Hello everyone and a very happy Saturday to you!
Today I am popping in to share my thoughts with you, on the Furls Odyssey Crochet Hooks.
Okay, so first impressions were a nice surprise. I didn’t expect each hook to be in it’s own individual box. And I have to admit to having a little play around with the boxes so that they spelt out the word Odyssey.
And I liked that each box was marked, to show the corresponding size hook that was inside. A nice (thoughtful) touch.
Not all of the boxes were closed properly, and a couple of the hooks had started to slide out. But they were packaged well enough in paper and put into quite a small box for posting, so they were perfectly secure. And to be fair, they did have a rather long journey to this little Southwest corner of the UK.
I will add here though, that for those of you thinking of ordering from the UK, I took advantage of Furls’ very generous 20% off offer while it was available, so I saved around $100 on my purchase. And I’m very thankful that I did, because on an approximate spend of £296 (GBP) the Customs Import Duty and VAT and Royal Mail Handling fee cost me altogether, a further £105.61.
I was expecting to pay around £70 (ish) so this was an unpleasant surprise. But of course, something which is completely out of Furls’ control. And when you consider the fact that Wool Warehouse in the UK start their pricing at a whopping £62.10 per Odyssey hook, then the Import Duty & VAT and handling fee, suddenly doesn’t seem so harsh at all in comparison.
The only truly disappointment with these, is the base of the Odyssey hooks. Or rather, the cheap little label stuck on the bottom.
These crochet hooks cost $33 each at full price. For the cost of them, I had expected the sizes to be engraved on the hooks somewhere. What I had not expected however, was a cheap little label stuck to the base of the hook. This is a huge disappointment, and not expected from a company that prides themselves on being the “world’s premier provider of luxury crochet hooks and other fiberarts tools” (quote taken directly from the Furls Website.)
I’m sure I’m not alone in this disappointment and expectation of something a little better. It might not have felt such a let down, if Furls had actually supplied a spare label sheet within the order. A thought for the future perhaps?
However, that said, I can go on to confidently tell you, that this is the only disappointment with these Furls Odyssey Hooks.
For years (and I do mean years) I have been a loyal user of Clover Crochet Hooks. I have liked the feel of them in my hands, and the fact that they don’t snag the yarn as badly as some other hooks do.
But, as good as the Clover hooks are, and as much as I have liked them, I have still suffered with hand fatigue, and I have still found them to be a bit snaggy at times too. They have, for me, been the best out of what was available to me at the time. (And I have tried out lots of various hooks over the years.)
The Furls Odyssey hooks however, are a whole world apart. And there is no exaggeration here at all.
In the picture above, there are two test swatches. They are both done with a 4mm hook. And both done with a cheaper acrylic yarn which has a tendency to split and snag.
(Swatches above are not blocked, and were worked quickly over 10 sts. I used [UK] Double Crochet, Half Treble Crochet, Treble & Double Treble Crochet stitches. I didn’t try to be neat I just wanted to let each hook do it’s thing – and see the end result on each one.)
I have to say here, that I was blown away with the differences between the two swatches. I showed each of them to my husband, and to my children, and each of them, in turn, guessed correctly which one was created using my new Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook.
Yes, you’ve probably guessed too that the swatch on the left is the Furls swatch, and the one on the right is the Clover Swatch.
To me, there simply is no comparison.
And let’s be honest here, the fact that they are so aesthetically pleasing doesn’t hurt either. Smiles.
I was first drawn to the beauty of these hooks, the utter smoothness and sparkle and elegance of them. That was what intrigued me enough to find out more about them. And of course, when I read about the $500 hand-health guarantee (plus a lifetime warranty) and saw crafter after crafter raving about them, there was no question that I had to try these hooks myself.
And then Furls brought them out in this utterly gorgeous purple colour, and the deal was sealed.
I sold my artist pens and used some of the proceeds to place my order with Furls.
(Just look at that shine!)
I am currently using my new hooks to work the edging on my brand new Tulip Sweater which I’m designing.
They do take some getting used to, as they are much heavier and bulkier than my Clover hooks. But it’s all good. I’m adjusting to their uniqueness quickly and I LOVE THEM. Just saying this simply does not seem to be enough. I think that plain words cannot do these Odyssey hooks justice.
They are amazing quality. They are super smooth. They are perfect to hold in the hand. They maintain an even stitch tension throughout. (I was very sceptical about this last point. I had read all about the Furls signature Fusion Tip, that combines both inline and tapered styles, but I did not think that it would make such a difference.) Looking at my test swatches, and seeing the uniform stitches I have since created, it truly does.
This is the Tulip Sweater which I am working on. It will be in my store on Ravelry and in my Etsy store within the week.
However, if my modest little crochet group on Facebook (For The Love Of Crochet And Yarn) reaches the magic 500 on members, I will be offering this pattern for FREE! So get sharing, and watch this space! Smiles.
Before I go, I just want to add that I am not receiving any commission for this review. I am not earning anything from any of the Furls links within this post. And all opinions written here are purely my own.
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