Jim Conlin: Yep. Duckworks (and others) have that "thing" that passes
for a bench hook, but it bears the same resemblance to what I'd want as
a tricycle to a Harley Servi-car. the link is appreciated, though!
Andy Dingley: They'd better b****y well cost more than $3... A good
sail hook is worth the cost since it's such an integral part of the
sailmaker's toolkit. Without a scorpion (or at least a large nose that
can be filed into a scorpion), it's useful only for holding in a
grommetted hole but does nothing to allow a seaming stitch or for
roping a sail. Also, if it were made with a decorative 360 degree
twist to the shaft, wouldn't that be pretty as well as practical!
Old-time sailmakers either had a local blacksmith make theirs or struck
them themselves, being masters of several disciplines as they needed to
be (canvas experts, ropemakers, riggers, smithys....) but I,
unfortunately, am master of only a few things, and smithing is not
Someone could make these and, while they wouldn't 'jump' off the shelf,
I'll bet that it wouldn't take too long before they'd become a nice
little item for the smith.
Thanks for all the replies, off and on line!