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Cardinal 4 Made In Sweden

Latest yard sale find. An ugly old neglected abused Zebco Cardinal 4 for the princely price of $1.

These vintage gems are among my favorite spinning reels. They're well designed, well built & a pleasure to fish with. This Cardinal 4 needed some specialized surgery to straighten a bent handle & a little TLC, but needed no parts & now glides like new. Probably 95% of handles on other spinning reels would've either been broken or would break during an attempt to straighten.

It'll never be pretty b/c it was never taken care of & I'm not repainting it. Basically bought it for parts & b/c it was only $1.

Still looking for its biggest brother.


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