Gamakatsu is the leading fish hook manufacturer in Japan, and for that matter worldwide. Gamakatsu is constantly testing new materials and striving to improve their products which already set the standard for the rest of the industry. In 1992 Gamakatsu USA inc. was established to provide Gamakatsu brand hooks to the U.S. market, followed by SPRO, The Official Gamakatsu's exclusive agent, established in the Netherlands in 1994 to service the European market.
About Gamakatsu Hooks
Gamakatsu started producing fish hooks in 1955. At that time, they were the smallest hook manufacturer in Japan and all of 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. In 1974, they introduced fully automated hook making machines and found it necessary to build a second factory in order to meet the demand they had created.
In 1976, as the leading Japanese hook manufacturer, GamakatsuŽ began building a new factory to produce high quality fishing rods for the Japanese market.
After upgrading the hook manufacturing machines in 1986, they expanded their product line. As the result, GamakatsuŽ Co. Ltd became a major manufacturer with a full line of high quality fishing rods, hooks, apparel, and fishing related items by 1987.
In 1988, after significant upgrades to their automated tempering facilities and furhter expansion in the hook factory, GamakatsuŽ Co. Ltd. opened GamakatsuŽ International Co., Ltd. in Thailand and GamakatsuŽ Shantou Co. Ltd. in China in 1989. These two factories import hooks from factory in Japan for use in a number of other products that require snelling, rigging, fly tying and packaging.
When anglers purchase GamakatsuŽ hooks, they are buying an original product made exclusively by GAMAKATSU.
Why Gamakatsu 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.
The methods used in creating GamakatsuŽ fishing 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, GamakatsuŽ 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 GamakatsuŽ 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.
GamakatsuŽ hooks are the corner stone of the GamakatsuŽ company, and are famous worldwide. Material and technology are what makes these hooks superior to all other brands. The GamakatsuŽ 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, GamakatsuŽ 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, GamakatsuŽ developed a unique electronic tempering process which enables hooks to be tempered in a stable condition. As a result, GamakatsuŽ is able to manufacture consistently high quality, extremely sharp hooks in large quantities. This innovation has earned GamakatsuŽ a 70 % market share in Japan.