{"id":14655,"date":"2021-02-09T15:23:42","date_gmt":"2021-02-09T23:23:42","guid":{"rendered":"https:\/\/www.gamakatsu.com\/?p=14655"},"modified":"2021-02-09T16:42:36","modified_gmt":"2021-02-10T00:42:36","slug":"gamakatsu-history-of-the-worlds-best-fish-hooks","status":"publish","type":"post","link":"https:\/\/www.gamakatsu.com\/blog\/gamakatsu-history-of-the-worlds-best-fish-hooks\/","title":{"rendered":", History of the World\u2019s Best Fish Hooks"},"content":{"rendered":"

The world\u2019s oldest fish hooks made from sea snail shells were discovered<\/a> in Sakitari Cave in Okinawa Island around 20,000 years ago. The invention of the fish hook marked the beginning of sport fishing. All of these early fish hooks were made from wood or bones and were advancements of the gorge. As technology improved so did the hooks, with Europe and Japan creating the earliest hooks and leading the advancements in hooks throughout the years. In the 1900s new materials and manufacturing techniques resulted in the development of more styles of hooks and designs for a wider range of fishing techniques.<\/p>\n

started producing fish hooks in 1955. At that time, they were the smallest hook manufacturer in Japan, and their hooks were made by hand. In 1963 they introduced a new automated heating facility which catapulted them to the forefront of the Japanese market. This new technology allowed to make better hooks more quickly, giving them a competitive advantage in the Japanese market. In 1974 they introduced fully automated hook making machines, creating a necessity to build a second factory in order to meet the demand they had created. By 1976, being well established as the leading Japanese hook manufacturer, started building a new factory to produce high quality fishing rods for the Japanese market.<\/p>\n

After upgrading the hook manufacturing machines again in 1986, also expanded their product line. As a result, Co. Ltd became a major manufacturer with a full line of high-quality fishing rods, hooks, apparel, and fishing related items. At the center of the quality of hooks is high carbon steel designed specifically for the manufacturing of fish hooks.<\/p>\n

\"wireThis material not only contains a higher percentage of carbon, but also has fewer impurities. As a result, has earned the trust of anglers worldwide. That trust has allowed them to expand the brand name to become a world leader in several product categories.<\/p>\n

In 1988, after upgrading the automated tempering facilities and expanding the hook factory, Co. Ltd opened International Co., Ltd. in Thailand, and Shantou Co. Ltd. in China in 1989. These upgrades and new facilities continued the growth of the brand in Japan and positioned them well for expansion to the rest of the world. The unique electronic tempering process enables hooks to be tempered at a stable condition. As a result, is able to manufacture consistently high quality, extremely sharp hooks in large quantities.<\/p>\n


has introduced five key innovations making their products sought out by anglers around the world, including:<\/p>\n