History of Gamakatsu
Invention of hooks 20,000 years ago, the invention of the ﬁsh hook marked the beginning of sport ﬁshing. The ﬁrst 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 artiﬁcial ﬂies 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 speciﬁc types of ﬁsh and ﬁshing 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. The Gamakatsu company, in conjunction with a material manufacturer, developed a material known as High Carbon steel speciﬁcally for the manufacture of ﬁsh hooks. This 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. The life of a ﬁsh 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 The 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. This 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. This process produces hooks which are super strong, but not brittle. It is extremely diﬃcult to achieve a balance between strength and ﬂexibility, 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 ﬁsh 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 ﬁsh better.
Gamakatsu makes a hook for any and every ﬁshing situation. So go ahead, tie on a Gamakatsu because it is“Simply the best!”
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