Life of a Cardinal 44 into a 4

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Re: Life of a Cardinal 44 into a 4

Post by Crucian » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:12 pm

Thanks for a great thread, very informative :Hat:

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Re: Life of a Cardinal 44 into a 4

Post by BeechmereLake » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:08 am

CWK wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:53 am
Hi BL , I have an Abu C5 which is engineered like a Swiss watch ... A beautiful example of fishing reel technology .. Can you please tell me something about where it sits in the Abu reel dynasty ..
The C5 is a later reel manufactured in around 1984-5, there was a special edition done in cream and green paintwork with wooden handle knob, very well built reels but of course made in Japan, when you talk about Cardinals its nice that they are actually made in Sweden which is why 1983 is a cut off point for me, when the name Garcia was added to the reel and not just the box I was done with Abu. :Scared:
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Re: Life of a Cardinal 44 into a 4

Post by BeechmereLake » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:45 am

Gents, I have finally secured the rare Abu Cardinal 4X in Champagne paintwork, a hard reel to find but even harder to find in such good used condition, I have added the picture to the history lesson at the front of the post but so you dont need to go through it all again here is the reel sitting left of picture, this reel was made for less than a year before the paint finish was changed to the ceramic type paint. :dancing:

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Re: Life of a Cardinal 44 into a 4

Post by Leigh » Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:28 pm

Beechmere, thank you for your informative post.

I became the owner of a Cardinal 44x along with a 40 model A in a mixed batch of fishing tackle I recently collected.
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Re: Life of a Cardinal 44 into a 4

Post by BeechmereLake » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:49 pm

Always a pleasure Leigh. I will still post the odd reel now and then and any info I have to give but Im really into a different hobby now so dont come in too much, alas the dark nights are here and if people post I will reply. :Hat:
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Re: Life of a Cardinal 44 into a 4

Post by Willsmodger » Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:37 am

Fascinating stuff. Enjoyable read with a a cuppa. Thanks.
I have a theory, unsupported by anything as boring as evidence, that the life of what we now call classic reels go in an arc.
From development and manufacture, later versions (early) are changed because of improvement. That is, as better materials or design ideas come along, they are incorporated into the reel.
Lucky owners get the benefit of a reel that probably didn't make much profit for the company that made them.
At some point cost becomes an issue, leading to outsourcing, cheaper materials and the usual grumbles that they aren't a patch on the originals. Which is true.
Muggins like me always end up with the inferior versions. And usually overpay.
Useful guides like this are extremely helpful. Thanks again.
All the best.
Will.

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