Made in collaboration with Pinpoint, the Nash Claw is probably the most talked-about hook pattern in years - but are they any good?
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Just a brief glimpse at the new Nash Pinpoint Claw pattern is likely to stop you in your tracks.
This is an angular design that has set tongues wagging. If you want to understand the thought process behind the Claw then check out our interview with Pinpoint's Marc Voosen.
In that conversation, Marc admits the design is fractionally weaker than a standard wide-gape hook, but won't move around in the fish's mouth, making it safer and more secure.
We've yet to fish with these hooks but have thoroughly examined our samples and can draw a number of conclusions.
First up, these are freakishly sharp. Out-of-the-packet sharpness seems to have come on in leaps and bounds recently, with offerings from Fox, RidgeMonkey and Gardner taking our breath away.
These hooks are at least on a par with those other manufacturers' efforts, and are quite possibly even sharper.
The wire gauge is impressively narrow yet strong we found no 'duds' in the half dozen packets we received across the new Pinpoint range.
Alongside the standard Claw, a new Claw Flota has also been introduced. As you'd expect, this boasts a thinner, lighter wire but the same hooking mechanics. We're really looking forward to trying these on the surface, even if we the name 'Flota' leaves us cold!