The internationally famous fishing gear producer "Abu" (from "AB Urfabriken", something like "Inc Clockworkfacroty"), now a days "Abu Garcia", priduced the fishing reel "Abu matic 70" between 1959 and 1964. For his 36:th birthday my grandmother bought my grandfather such a reel, wich he used with his father in law, who was a life long sea pilot on Gotland, until the later died in 1963. When my grandparents built their own country place by a lake in the mid 60:s, the reel followed suit. With a house and three sons my grandfather had little time to use the reel, but his sons did. In the late 1980:s my father teached med to fish with that very fishing reel. In the early 2000:s my grandparents where too old to keep the country place, so it was sold furnished. The fisching reel though ended up at my fathers country place at the west coast of Sweden, but was seldom used since the rod was worned out.
Last summer I happened to find a Abu Garcia rod of the more luxury sort, cork handle and aluminum parts in the exact same red colour as the reel. I snatched it up at a 60% discount at $75.
Today I got the reel in the mail from my dad. Opened it and oiled it up. Aluminum, brass, chrome... No rust. Now the reel feels just as I remember it from when I was a kid 25 years ago.
52 years old. I will use it for the first time in a decade at a fishing trip this weekend. In 4-5 years I will let a fourth generation of my family use it, and learn them the art of fishing. Who knows, if I take really good care of it it might just end up in the hands of a fifth generation, sometime in the mid 40:s.
As stated. It is expensive to be cheap.>>PICTURE OF REEL HERE<<