|vintage steel hook, size 4|
So, I was off to the hardware store! I bought 0000 steel wool, a multi-pack of metal sanding paper and an 8 inch metal file with double and single cut sides to it.
I worked outside, and kept Jimbo's tips in mind. (see Rav thread: post 28) Using the file, I started sanding off the sides of a J hook, to get the flatter, more pointy shape of that vintage hook. I also filed the back and the front of the head. Not the top very much though. After I got the shape I wanted, I used the fine grit paper to smooth everything. I used the medium on a couple of spots where the file made some deep ridges, then went back to the fine. Once I couldn't see any more file-ridges, I polished with the 0000 steel wool. I tried out my "new" hook on some yarn and I honestly think I was faster!
|Back, side, and front view of original J Boye hook (on left) and modified J Boye hook (on right)|
I'm a knife holder, and I roll my hook as I work, using the pad of my middle finger on the thumb rest, but also using my pinky (which I did not realize until today). I made a pinky-rest on the lower part of the handle of the hook below the thumb rest. You can see the silver part where I filed the handle, on the right side of the picture below. This little pinky-rest seemed to make a difference too.
|Full view of modified hook|
This was such a fun experiment and now I think I'll have to file down all my hooks! I really want to try it on the steel hooks I use for Irish Crochet because that flat pointy head is awesome for working the thread!