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

Otto Zwarg Book Cover


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Author Norman J. Pinardi,
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Norman Pinardi
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Bradenton, FL 34209

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Author Norman J. Pinardi, antique fishing tackle collector,
with his collection of Otto Zwarg custom made fishing reels.
These reels are secured in a bank deposit box.




Norm's book is SOLD OUT!

Otto Zwarg cover


Norman Pinardi thanks all who bought his book.

Reviews of Norm's book, Otto Zwarg, The Man and His Custom made Reels:

Norm thanks the knowledgeable and well-known reel collectors who have reviewed the book:


Robert, is a former Director and Treasurer of the Otto Zwarg Company, and says he can attest to the "accuracy and detailed information Pinardi has compiled," on Joe's Old Lures message board.

Terry calls it a "must have for all reel collectors" on Joe's Old Lures message board.
Mike calls it a "wonderful read" on the ORCA Orcaonline message board

Salmonfisher03 from Denmark says "it was worth waiting for," and is a "great book" on the ORCA Orcaonline message board.


Here's the "ABOUT THIS BOOK" from the back cover:                             

"This is the story of Otto Zwarg, a remarkable man who crafted world-renowned custom made fishing reels, which are now very rare and are eagerly sought by collectors.

"He began life in Berlin, Germany, served in the German army during World War I, became a dentist and immigrated to America in 1922.  He found work with Edward vom Hofe, a renowned maker of high quality fishing reels in New York City, reels which are also highly sought by collectors.

"Vom Hofe went out of business at the beginning of World War II, and gave Zwarg the right to produce their reels under his own name.  He began making reels in 1946 in Brooklyn, NY and moved to St. Petersburg, FL in 1947." 


From inside Norm's book, the photo below is from Zwarg's shop in St. Petersburg, Florida:          

          Inside Zwarg's shop in St. Petersburg 
           "Putting the finishing touches on the side
             plate of a salmon reel."   

From Zwarg Book 

Thank you for your interest in Otto Zwarg. 

            ~ Norm Pinardi, author       

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

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