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     A Collector's Guide to the Life & Work of
 Otto Zwarg
     Master Reel Maker

"No reel left the Otto Zwarg Company without Otto putting the reel in free spool and then spinning the spool and holding it to his ear to listen for any noise.  It had to be silent and perfect in every way, or else it was sent back for more work.  That was Otto."
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How to
Identify a Zwarg Reel


Have you got a valuable
Otto Zwarg reel
in your tackle box?


Brooklyn, N.Y.


An example photo of a
fully hand-made, custom-made Otto Zwarg reel.


A close up of a Brooklyn oil cap.
Among the first Zwarg reels made.


A close up of a rare oil cap marked only "Z", used after leaving Brooklyn but before receiving the St. Petersburg oil caps.

A close up of the oil cover with the
St Petersburg address.



I Buy Zwarg Reels

I encourage anyone to send me pictures of your Zwarg reels and request a bid.

Norman Pinardi
2306 Palma Sola Blvd. Bradenton, FL 34209

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Norman J. Pinardi,
Collector of Antique Fishing Tackle
and Florida Made reels
Bradenton Florida,

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