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sharpening the gut hook on a hunting knife?

Discussion in 'The Lodge' started by jeffmo, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. jeffmo

    jeffmo officially unofficial!!!!

    this year while field dressing a couple of does i noticed that the gut hook on my hunting knife was very dull and ended up not using's a c-shaped hook and i'm wondering what i should use to sharpen it with.the only thing that i can think to use would be a fine rat tail file.just curious if there's a better way to do it.
    thanks guys!
  2. I would say you are the right track with the shape of a rat tail file but the file would be too coarse. What you probably need to use is a sharpening steel similar to this.

    They make them in various styles and diameters. Hopefully you can find one in a small enough diameter that would fit in the gut hook slot.

    I hope this helps.

  3. Just about any sporting goods dept has a diamond plated hook sharpener tha's about a quarter-inch diameter tapering to about 1/8 inch. Sometimes they have a groove on one side for the hook point, but with a little patience youy should be able to matche the angle of the gut hook witht he round portion.
  4. DaleM

    DaleM Original OGF Staff Member

    Jeff, I use a hook sharpner I got at Wal-Mart. It's called eze-lap. Looks sorta like an ink pen. Check the tackle area , they are with the hook sharpners. I believe they sell for $4.95. I've used them for several years and get a razor sharp (Gut) hook when I'm done.
  5. jeffmo

    jeffmo officially unofficial!!!!

    thanks guys!this one had me pretty much so stumped.