Gamakatsu was founded in 1955 by the late Shigekatsu Fujii, a visionary man that took great pride in manufacturing the highest quality fish hooks in Japan. He stood at the cradle of innovative techniques, machines, materials and production methods that have forever changed the fish hook business world-wide.
Today, Gamakatsu is still a privately held company and a renowned fishing tackle brand around the world. It is hard to imagine that it all started back in 1955 in Japan by one man that knew he could make hooks better.
Has our full attention.
Since 1955, Gamakatsu has strictly followed the theme of "Nature and Technology". We work hard to develop new, hi-tech products that benefit the outdoorsman without adversely affecting the environment. Gamakatsu's policy of technical development has always been "the best of quality". Gamakatsu is always exploring new ways to improve our existing product range through extensive development and industry know-how. We believe that our passion for innovation and the environment will give our customers the best that they deserve.
It's in our DNA.
Gamakatsu hooks are the corner stone of the Gamakatsu company and renowned worldwide. It is the methods, the technology and the materials that make our hooks superior to other brands.
The most premium grade of High Carbon Steel is used to manufacture Gamakatsu hooks. Using low-cost, low-quality materials results in hooks and points that are weak and not truly sharp. In close cooperation with a material manufacturer, it was Gamakatsu that developed this unique material specifically for manufacturing fishing hooks; the material that is now known as High Carbon Steel.
Not only does this material contain a higher percentage of carbon, but it also has no impurities. This ensures protection against any blemishes in the metal that can weaken the hook.
Secondly, Gamakatsu has the most advanced tempering system in the world. This enables hooks to be tempered in a stable condition. Every hook is heated to the optimum temperature and then cooled in oil. This process produces hooks that 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, Gamakatsu hooks are famous for their sharpness.
Last but not least, our sharpening process is the most advanced in the world and results in a perfectly conical point that is unequalled in sharpness.
Gamakatsu manufactures in large volumes, with consistently high quality, extremely sharp hooks. The life of a fishing hook is measured by the sharpness, hardness, and viscosity of the point. This has resulted in Gamakatsu earning the anglers' trust throughout the world and it has earned Gamakatsu its major market share.
Trusted around the world.
Gamakatsu products are used worldwide. With offices and distribution channels located around the world, we research our markets and develop unique products that meet the needs of even the most demanding anglers. We take pride to be who and what we are. We are Gamakatsu.