Features, Pros and Cons:
I tested the size "K" (6.5 mm) and was fairly happy with the results. The Takumi crochet hook is light and moderately comfortable in the hand. I did find it slightly heavier than other hooks I use on a regular basis. I was able to move the hook through different types of yarn quickly and efficiently, so I was ultimately able to work up to my typical crochet rhythm without much trouble. The Takumi is an inline hook, which is my preferred type of crochet hook. Overall, there were only some minor adjustments required to use this hook.
What did take time to adjust to was the lack of a thumb grip or finger rest on this hook. This is a small feature on crochet hooks I dearly miss when they are not present. Without the thumb and finger rests, the hook feels slightly wider in circumference. Ultimately, I didn't feel comfortable using this crochet hook for an extended period of time and the knuckle on my thumb began to hurt.
The Takumi crochet hook from Clover is a very pleasing, esthetically. You can see the grain of the bamboo, but that grain doesn't cause the yarn to catch or the hook to splinter into your fingers. It is a very sturdy-feeling hook and is well-sanded and sealed for a smooth finish.
One thing I did not appreciate actually had nothing to do with the use of the hook itself. It is something printed on the hook's packaging. Under the "features" on the back of the package, the following is printed: "Precise standards promise the uniform knitting gauge and a beautiful finish." I am guessing this is a translation issue, as Clover hooks are manufactured in Japan; however, they should really make sure to reference crochet and not knitting on their packaging for their crochet hooks. Call it a pet peeve of mine, but it bothered me nonetheless.
The cost of the hook was slightly over $5 US; a bit higher than the average price of plastic or metal hooks, but less than wooden hooks. Overall, this is on the lower-end of the price range for bamboo hooks.
Takumi Bamboo Crochet Hook: Overall Rating
Overall, I would have to give this bamboo crochet hook three stars out of five, with the main detractors for me being the lack of the thumb and finger rests and the misprint on the packaging. If you use this hook regularly, I would love to hear your thoughts!