Mike Clifford Posted September 9, 2009 Report Share Posted September 9, 2009 Started searching around for who, other than Gamakatsu makes a "chemically sharpened" hook, and came upon an interesting quote online- Books and articles written just two or three years ago usually contained encouragement to sharpen hooks before fishing with them. 'No hook is sharp enough to fish straight out of the packet' was the advice. If you use 'laser' or 'chemically' sharpened hooks, this advice is bad. In most cases trying to sharpen chemically or laser sharpened hooks will actually blunt them. Chemically sharpened and laser sharpened hooks are made in much the same way. Once the hook is formed, the points are treated with a chemical and then introduced to a laser beam, or other control source, which wears away the metal leaving a very sharp point. However hooks may need sharpening after use. Fly fishermen especially should regularly check their flies - hooks bouncing onto stones and rocks can get blunt, and may need sharpening. If you do sharpen hooks there are a number of factors to bear in mind. All sharpening produces heat. Too much heat will reduce the temper of the hook that can soften the point. This can lead to points bending over, or breaking off. It is important when sharpening hooks to use a slow stroke with the file or stone. Becareful not to remove too much metal from the point. There is a fineline between a sharp point and a weak point. It is too easy to think ofa hook point as always being pulled into a fish in a straight-linepull. However, this is not always true. Many times the pull is at anangle to the point. If there is not enough metal in the point it canbreak off or bend over. I think it is safe to say the Weighted Keeper hook by Mister Twister can be sharpened right out of the bag....and after every other cast. So....which hooks are a good bet "right out of the bag", and which require repeated sharpening? Or do you just generally go by looks and feel... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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