Sharpening curved hooks

Never touch the inside of the point...

Q: I enjoy using a hook with a point that curves slightly inward - not a circle hook, but one with a point somewhat like a circle hook. When the hook dulls, I usually ruin the point when I try to sharpen it. Is it possible to sharpen such a point?

Noah Crawford
Key West

A: The trick to sharpening this type of hook is to never touch the inside of the point. Hold the hook so you caress only the outside edge with a file or similar flat tool. Two or three strokes are usually all that's needed to restore the point.