While the firm dates back to 1832, it wasn't until 1877 that they began making fish hooks. These were made by hand until they hired Mathias Topp, who designed the first automatic fish hook machine. Since 2007, all Mustad fish hook production is now located in China. Same old story. Clarin Mustad, a fourth-generation owner, invented the electrically heated toilet seat in 1915. True story! It provides perfect convergence between the two sayings: "Fish or cut bait" and "Shit or get off the pot."