Hook sharpening?

Discussion in 'Terminal Tackle Review' started by GMC FishHauler, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    how do ya'll sharpen ur hooks and how often?
    i do not know how to sharpen them so i just put all hooks that seem dull into tupperware when i think that they are getting too dull to use.
     
  2. waterwalker

    waterwalker New Member

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    I carry small diamond files, any time I use a new hook I sharpen it, better safe than sorry.
     

  3. Jay Jay

    Jay Jay New Member

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    You can buy a hook sharpener most any sporting place ,I touch them up after every catch or snag , or first use .
     
  4. allworknofish

    allworknofish New Member

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    diamond files are the way to go...just remember, its not just the point that needs to be sharp...sharpen the sides of the hook to make a 3 side cutting edge...top and sides...some hook packages show a magnified close up of the hooks cutting surface and could probobly show you what i mean easier than i can say it...good luck
     
  5. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    James,
    As mentioned, diamond files are the thing to use. Use the thumb nail test to see if the hook is sharp enough. Drag the point across your thumb nail. Most likely it will slide. When sharp the point will dig into the nail and not slide. ALWAYS check your hooks, even when fresh from the box...W
     
  6. rich-online

    rich-online New Member

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    Metalman's test for sharpness is the same one I use.

    You should be able to find hook sharpeners at any place that specializes in fishing supplies. I have a small (2") coarse file sharpener, and a diamond file with a groove.

    -- Rich.
     
  7. dano40

    dano40 New Member

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    A diamond file works the best, and as most everyone has mentioned it is very important to even sharpen new hooks. New hooks are really not very sharp even though they are right out of the box.
     
  8. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    I got the el cheapo supremeo from k- mart or who knows where ive used it for years and i sharpen or at least check my hooks religously when it needs replacing it will be with a diomond sharpener
     
  9. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    I just picked up 3 more diamond sharpeners from walmart clearance section for $1.50 each :big_smile:

    First Two things to put in a tackle bag: Sharpener and Fingernail clippers imho....