Mittens - CA is spin cast heads and also bronze hooks only.
The last time I placed an order with GB, it took the better part of FIVE months
to arrive and that was only after opening a PayPal dispute.
It looks like Butch Moon deals in red, gold, and bronze sickle hooks, though I will be calling him today to see about bulk ordering black sickle.
Simply Crappie is using Eagle Claw, not Matzuo (forged point and not a needle point). Any EC (Lil Nasty) larger than #8 in size is about half as sharp as the Matzuo.
I hate to sound like a snob - so maybe the pictures will help explain a little better the issues with high production/spin cast heads....
These were the best out of 3,000 "8th" oz spin cast heads I have on hand:
None of them weigh a true 8th of an oz, either.... not even close. The best weight in the group of these = 1/10th of an oz and some of them have lead completely covering the hook eye or going down the shank as far as 3/8".
Notice how the shape of the cleanest spin cast heads I have are OVAL ??
They also still have to be cleaned/filed at the seam and weigh as little as 13th of an oz
..... and... what beats all is - the smaller the heads get, the WORSE the flaws become:
These heads weigh LESS than 1/20th of an oz and are supposed to be 16th oz! I can't understand these heads being sold to me! I am so unhappy with the quality of these heads, I won't sell them to anyone else and refuse to use them in my jigs as they're not the weight they're supposed to be.
If the spin cast heads were even 80% acceptable, I'd be happy to buy them.
As it stands, I've yet to find a spin cast bulk supplier that has CLEAN heads. I can paint 200+ heads (by hand) in an hour, if the heads are nice quality. If they're the type of heads I've taken pictures of, I can paint ~50 per hour, if that (and even then, the heads don't weigh the correct weight).
Moving forward, I've just private messaged Ron and I'm hopeful his bulk pricing is competitive enough to use his company. (Thank you very much for replying so quickly, Ron.) .......... and thank you for trying to help, Mittens.