Some knives have gut hooks,

and some have line cutters,


It basically the same notch just optimized for different purposes.

How exactly would one sharpen the gut hook/line cutter? Its not as easy as sharpening the blade.

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    This reminds me of how to sharpen a serrated blade, in that I don't think there is a good answer. High quality saw blades can be sharpened but many are just replaceable. This might be the case here, though looking at these knives I bet I could sharpen that with a chainsaw tooth sharpener of the right gage. Never tried though.
    – cr0
    Apr 11, 2019 at 21:32

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You need to use a sharpening rod.

Example: AC134 Smith's Pocket Pal Multi-Function Knife Sharpener.

The rod just slides in the groove and sharpens it.

Here is another sample:AS028C AccuSharp 4-in-1 Knife & Tool Sharpener.

And an image from Amazon: Knife sharpener


For odd sharpening tasks like this I have a dremmel tool (handheld rotary tool) and a set of inexpensive diamond hones. Use it wet to keep from clogging, and use very light pressure.

You can also use an electric chainsaw sharpener.


There are also ways to use sharpening stones for this purpose in some cases.

Probably not useful for gut hooks, but if the radius of curvature is large enough, you can use form stones, which are available for woodworking tools, such as these. There's a combination of convex and concave form I have (the "Kegelförmiger Bildhauerschleifstein" in the link), which appears to be called a "cone gouge" in English. With its tip of a little less than 1.5 cm diameter it would probably work for the line cutter in your second picture.

Another thing one could try is to modify a normal rectangular stone, and reshape it to have one or several rounded edges. (This also works well for the concave case, working groves into its surface, but it's probably never needed for sharpening knives.)

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