You're not wrong, I was speaking of modern mass manufacturing with wire. Bone circle (style) hooks we're, I believe, some of the earliest examples of hook technology found. It's rather interesting that something reminiscent of the earliest design has enjoyed a resurgence of late, the mighty circ is once again catching fish. Simple, yet highly effective design.I think in the evolution of hooks. The hook came first. Then the barb. I could be wrong.