Mechanical vs. chemically sharpened hooks

What are chemically sharpened hooks?

Traditional fishing hooks are shaped through a process known as mechanical sharpening.  This process is very similar to sharpening a knife on a stone.  While it is generally effective, the mechanical sharpening of the hook also leaves it with minor ruts and imperfections.  Chemical sharpening, on the other hand, involves the mechanically sharpened hook being submerged into a certain type of acid, or chemical.  This makes the hook much more smooth and sharp.  Not only does this serve as an enormous benefit while you are fishing (the sharper the hook is, the better chance you will have of piercing, holding, and then ultimately landing the fish), it also means that you will not have to continually resharpen your hook in the same way you must with traditional mechanically sharpened hooks. 

In years past, the chemically sharpened hook (though initially sharp and strong) has been criticized for fraying too easily and quickly.  Many manufactureres have recognized this problem and have since worked to create a hook that is impeccably sharp and not as prone to fraying.  Another advantage of the chemically sharpened hook is its smaller barb size.  In addition, many of the most recent chemically sharpened hooks on the market are also available without barbs at all.  Yet another reason many fishermen (particularly those who fish primarily in salt water) choose to go with the chemically sharpened hooks is because most are coated with an anti-corrosive agent that helps resist and fight off the dulling and breaking of the hook.  It is also important to remember that if you purchase a hook that is already chemically sharpened, you do not need to sharpen it with a stone before using it. 


Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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