After many years forging my own tools I have finally started making my own hook knife for sale. The are made from an excellent high alloy steel, very hard and tough so they hold an edge for a long time. They come razor sharp and ready to use. The handles are beech and around 7.5″ long. This is a little longer than most knifemakers use and I find it allows a greater range of grips to be used efficiently.
This is the right handed blade with an open curve and is the tool I use all the time when I am carving spoons.
You can see a video of one of my knives in use and the three common grips I recommend for using them here
And whilst the knives come razor sharp and ready to use eventually you will need to sharpen it yourself. This video shows the method I use.