silentkilla I only know of 2 sickle hook makers. They are Matzuo and Eagle Claw. Eagle Claw just
came out with a sickle hook called Lil Nastys. I just got my first batch of the Eagle Claw and I
am pretty sure I won't be buying anymore, they are no where near as sharp as the Matzuo's. As for
having problems with the hooks that seems to be something you put up with on sickle style hooks.
I now only use the gold Matzuo sickles because I have less problems with them than any of the colors.
I have witnessed 2 catfish between 18 and 20lbs caught while crappie fishing and neither of the hooks
suffered any bending or breaking. Both of the brands are made in China and I wouldn't be surprised
if they came from the same factory. If you buy from here http://www.captainhookswarehouse.com/
from here http://www.grandpabobscustomjigs.com/
you will usually find the best prices.