2014 Gamakatsu Catalog, Page 4

History of Gamakatsu

Invention of hooks

20,000 years ago, the invention of the sh hook marked the beginning of sport shing. e rst hooks were made of wood or bones. As technology improved, so did the hooks. Records show that copper hooks were made in Banchen 7,000 years ago and arti cial ies were used in Egypt 4,000 years ago. Fishing was also a popular form of entertainment in ancient China.

Today, modern materials and manufacturing techniques have resulted in hundreds of styles of extremely high quality hooks, designed for speci c types of sh and shing methods.

Quality of hooks

Gamakatsu hooks are the corner stone of the Gamakatsu company, and are famous worldwide. Material and technology are what makes these hooks superior to all other brands. e Gamakatsu company, in conjunction with a material manufacturer, developed a material known as High Carbon steel speci cally for the manufacture of sh hooks. is material not only contains a higher percentage of carbon, but also has very few impurities. As a result, GAMAKATSU has earned Anglers' trust throughout the world. e life of a sh hook is measured by the sharpness, hardness, and viscosity of the point. Using low quality materials results in points that are weak and not truly sharp. In order to use High Carbon steel, Gamakatsu developed a unique electronic tempering process which enables hooks to be tempered in a stable condition. As a result, Gamakatsu is able to manufacture consistently high quality, extremely sharp hooks in large quantities.

Hook producing

e methods used in creating Gamakatsu hooks is what makes it so superior to all other brands. First, only the most premium grade of high carbon steel is used. is insures against any blemishes in the metal which can weaken the hook.

Secondly, Gamakatsu has the most advanced tempering system in the world. Every hook is heated to the exact temperature that is perfect for that particular style and size then cooled in oil. is process produces hooks which are super strong, but not brittle. It is extremely di cult to achieve a balance between strength and exibility, and it took many years for Gamakatsu to perfect this process.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, our sharpening process is the most modern in the world, and results in a perfectly conical point that is unequaled in sharpness.


Simply the best

Gamakatsu's dedication to producing the highest quality sh hook made, as well as the innovation they bring to the industry has kept the company at the forefront of the premium hook market. Among the innovative ideas that Gamakatsu has introduced are:

• Durability - A unique tempering process allowing us to make a hook of superior strength and durability.

• Strength - Hooks made of high carbon steel for superior strength.

• Sharpness - Conically needle honed points that are sharp from the package and stay sharp.

• Color Variation - Colored hooks in red, blue, green, gold, nickel, bronze, black, shrimp and fluorescent colors F-red, F-chartreuse, F-pink, F-orange, F-glow, F-green,F-purple to match the color of your lure or bait.

• Style Variation - Innovative hook designs like the extra wide gap (EWG) that hook and hold sh better.

Gamakatsu makes a hook for any and every shing situation. So go ahead, tie on a Gamakatsu because it is “Simply the best!”


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