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    Default The price of hooks

    Looking today to purchase some new course hooks. My favourite hooks for river fishing are Drennan Specimen Hooks and for the lighter hooks, i like Kamasa B911. Both around £1.60 for 10 hooks. Ok about 16p(see i can count). So f i want to buy 100 it will cost me £16.00. Right, so haven't confused myself yet. Where if i want sea hooks i can buy 100 Aberdeen hooks for anything from £8.00 to £10.00.
    My question is why are smaller course hooks dearer than Sea hooks. Smaller hooks use less material. Cost less to produce, so am told so why do they cost more.
    What are your thoughts on this subject?.

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    Default Re: The price of hooks

    I’m sure if Drennan made Aberdeen hooks they would be equally as expensive, that’s branding for you.

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    Default Re: The price of hooks

    You say that but Mustard 100 sea hook can be bought for £10.00

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    Default Re: The price of hooks

    Try doing the comparison with something like Korda hooks, it gets far worse.

    If it's any help I go completely against the grain and re-use hooks whenever I can, if they're large hooks it's easy to snip the knot off or back thread through on a knotless and even re-sharpen them and on smaller spade end hooks I always carry a fag lighter and just flash the whipping off before popping it back in the packet.

    It's not difficult to tell if a hook's still sharp and many still are after multiple captures, it's an odd fact that in the days when I couldn't afford to throw them away I did and now I can I don't, if you get me drift?

    Can't answer your question though...

    Popularity of size maybe (commonly known as a rip off) or a more refined manufacturing process?

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    Default Re: The price of hooks

    I would suspect that economies of scale will come into it somewhere. I'd expect the average sea fishing hook to be saleable pretty much anywhere in the world. They'll be lucky to sell the average uk maggot hook is not likely to find much of a market beyond the UK and definitely not beyond western europe.

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    I suspect the manufacturers would say its down to the finishing of the point, eye and hook coating ..however I doubt this actually justifies all the increased cost.

    One of the reason I still use Drennan hooks is because they work and they are cheap. The price has continued to creep up but they are still allot cheaper than some of their counterparts. The Super Specialist and Specimens are the ones I go for.
    I rue the day they stopped supplying them in the little plastic boxes of 50. Now you have to buy the packs of 10 and of course it works out allot more expensive ..but still cheap compared to some.

    Like Binka I do sometime reuse hooks however I actually do the opposite..I leave the tag end on the hook and put that back in the pack ...this helps to tell me whuch hooks I have already used.

    I use the virgin ones for the important stuff were I dont want any doubts that whetever I hook will come off and the resused ones were I am less bothered...smaller stuff fishing for example..
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    Default Re: The price of hooks

    Although hooks seem to be going up in price, they're still cheap compared to certain other items of end tackle, a lot of which aren't essential to catch fish.
    Hooks are, so we're stuffed....

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    Default Re: The price of hooks

    Guru,kamasan and Drennan all well for an average of £1.60 for ten,all of these have a good selection of patterns,yet the others are often £4 for ten,as Simon says the the amount of tackle accessories is enormous and Danny Fairbrass has made a fortune from the sale of them,watch Korea vids and see the never ending flow of innovation,guru(another of Danny's brainchilds)is the same,that said his companies make some top quality tackle,which I pick and choose from...

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    Default Re: The price of hooks

    The new Korda Kamakura hooks they have just brought out are £6.49 for ten.
    Each one is individually sharpened after manufacture and the point is then wax coated to protect it, which you remove before use.
    64.9 pence each that’s expensive for a hook, mind you if I caught a big carp on one, I’d probably think it worthwhile.

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    Default Re: The price of hooks

    I am unconvinced that "the sharpest hook" is anything more than another selling point thought up by Korda, hooks do need to be sharp but how sharp do they need to be? imo sharper will mean finer which could mean the point is more easily turned over when it wont matter how sharp it is.
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