Apr 12 2007

Toe Bone Fishing Hook

Published by at 6:59 pm under Animal Materials

This winter I have made a number of antler and bone hooks made in several different ways. A method I tried fairly recently I would say is more than likely my new method for making a bone hook. Bone has two major advantages over antler as a hook. It gets sharper and isn’t as affected by water (antler softens a lot after some time). The disadvantage is usually that bone isn’t as flexible and has a strong tendency to break, especially where cut agains it’s grain. The toe bone hook follows the grain all the way and can be left thinner, which faciliates easier bait attachment and possibly higher overall efficiency. With other words, this is yet to me, probably “the ideal” primitive fishing hook. I know that the barrel cactus have even more suitable hooks, but that plant is unfortunately not to be found here.

First you need a toe bone. Clean it up well.

Grind both sides until you expose the marrow in the middle, this will make into a natural, hollow rectangular(ish) piece of bone.

Clean up the inside.

Cut at what you judge to be the most suitable place and cut the shape of the hook.

Round the edges of the hook and make it sharp.


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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Toe Bone Fishing Hook”

  1. Urban Scouton 14 Apr 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Hey there, I love your guys blog! I was wondering if I could repost some of this information over at http://www.rewild.info? It’s the “wikipedia” of primitive skills. Could I repost this article, and others with credit to your site?



  2. torjusgaarenon 15 Apr 2007 at 8:18 am


    Thanks for your compliments Scout.

    You can repost this and a number of other articles, but you will need specific permission for each one. I am writing a book and don’t want all my material spread around everywhere if you see what I mean. 😉

    Robert will have to answer for himself, regarding his writings.

  3. torjusgaarenon 15 Apr 2007 at 8:20 am

    By the way Scout.

    Interesting project!

  4. Urban Scouton 16 Apr 2007 at 6:59 am

    Sweet! Thanks so much!

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