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Old 08-06-2007, 08:37 PM
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Default Re: Feeling a bit discombobulated....

The way that I understand it, the first stage of of both mechanically and chemically sharpened hooks is made with a normal needle grinding method. The wire then goes through all the other stages to make it into a finished hook and it is then heat-treated.

On chemically sharpened hooks, the hooks go through an additional process in which a chemical is used to attack the surface. The thinner parts of the wire are affected and, in particular, the point. The chemical smoothes or "eats away" the metal leaving a sharper, more polished point.

I normally tie 99% of my flies with mechanically sharpened hooks mainly because of the cost of mechanically sharpened vs. chemically sharpened. I do like the chemically sharpened hooks though.
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