I've been using VMC short shank hooks since I started making lures but I've ended up with broken hooks nearly every fishing trip. Never while reeling in a fish but when I popped the hook out of a fish's mouth. I got pretty tired of replacing the hooks so I thought I'd try a different kind. I bought some KVD treble hooks believing that Mr. VanDam wouldn't put his name on an inferior product and I was right. My first time using these, I hooked in to a small bass, about 12", but it fought like a 10 pounder. Once I got the fish to the boat, I grabbed it around the belly, not wanting to put my thumb near the rear hook that was stuck in its mouth. The little bass still had a lot of fight left in it and it slid down my hand, sliding the front hook deep in to my left index finger. It was like a hot knife in to butter. I've been poked by the VMC's many times, and it hurt but this just slid in with no resistance and little pain. My friend and I were in his small, 2 seater plastic fishing boat when this happened and it was a long ride in this trolling motor propelled watercraft to the ramp, then the long ride to his house (10 minutes). Once we arrived to his house, we tried the fishing line tied around the hook trick to pull it out but it didn't work and I was close to passing out after the first attempt. I texted my wife to drive to my friend's house to lend a hand. She refused to try to help pull it out and drove me to the ER, laughing at my traumatic experience most of the way. 2 hours later, I went home with a bandaid and 10 days supply of antibiotics. The good news is that I am now up to date on my tetanus shot.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that the KVD treble hooks are sharp and strong. Hopefully none of you have to go through the same ordeal that I have but if you do, hopefully your significant other won't laugh so much.