Hook sharpening advice

Old 04-24-2006, 08:28 AM
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I am mainly looking to sharpen larger tuna hooks. (8/0 J hooks and about 12/0 circle hooks) Did some searches and here is what I have learned:

--file from point down towards shank
--make points shorter and avoid longer points
--use sharpie to mark sharpened points
--3 or 4 sided points are mainly preference

Anything else? Any special procedure for sharpening stainless steel hooks vs. regular hooks?

Also, what type of file is best?

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Old 04-24-2006, 11:11 AM
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Two chain saw files taped together tightly, then run them over the tip to form a "V"
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Old 04-24-2006, 11:38 AM
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the cheap 5 dollar steel file is great for hooks. Red or yellow handle and maybe 4 inch file surface.

You don't need to sharpie stainless. The sharpie is for corrosion protection after you take the surface protection off. Or so I think...
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:01 PM
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Can't remember who makes it,but the best file I have used is,2 small round files connected togeather with a handle.The best thing about it is anyone on board can touch up a hook and not mess it up.
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Old 04-24-2006, 08:40 PM
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DMT Diamond Fishhook Sharpeners

Go to this web site These diamond honing tools are the best. They are worth the $, haven't dulled in the years that I've owned them and have a groove for hooks and a flat surface for blades. We caught a huge striper last week and my friend the heart surgeon did the filets. He was truly impressed with the knife surface, and he knows blades. Hard strikes!!

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