My favorite crochet hook is Amour by Clover! The soft grip handles are just what I need to pick up my crochet after a long hard day of hand abuse at work.
My second favorite is Soft Grip also by Clover, third is Susan Bates and in forth would be Boye. Funny to think that 12 years ago when I started crocheting I was a staunch Boye user!
I started using other hooks in 2011 when I was crocheting octopi for Youmacon and had a problem with the Boye “C” hook. Something about the casting kept snagging and tearing my yarn so I switched to a Susan Bates hook for that size. Once I started using it though, I realized how much easier crocheting was with that style of head and switched. When calluses started forming, I bought grips for my crochet hooks – then shelled out for a Clover Soft Grip. Major improvement! But I managed to lose it in the peak of con prep. D’oh! And… I bought my first Amour hook this past November before I had a bad carpal tunnel flare up. Although I don’t have the same issue that I did then, I still need to be kind and show a little amour to my hands. 😉