Prototypes here were never for sale, rather testing and evaluation, and here 50 or more were shared by good friend Uffe Edefuhr, a one time serious ABU Collector.
Many more have been shared from workers
and friends he knew at ABU factory in times past.
I particularly thank Ove Agdahl in sourcing some of these recent acquisitions.
My most recent gifts from Uffe are these having no names but one can see the ABU heritage.
mate for the gifting and willingness to permit me to share with
ABU fans worldwide.
As I have no intention of selling , value is of little consideration, though I have paid up to A $300 for my most expensive unique named but not sold ABU Hilo White and Pink bait.
Pictured below, are an unfinished LYS, but the main priority here is the ex[erimental colour Wp and other un-named colour Hilo.
starting off collecting these prototype items, one should be pretty
sure of not
parting with large sums of money before providence is established. ie a
link to workers who experimented with new designs at ABU. Bert Nilsson
from Asarum is a great example of such a worker at Svangsta known to
Uffe. Incidentally he worked with Ove S in coming up with the Toby
variations/designs. These baitcould have been made in house ie at
Svangsta , but many were made by enthusiastic workers who were rewarded
with a bonus if their designs were eventually chosen to be produced. It
shoud be pointed out most were destined to be passed over like these
posted here. Other were comissioned by Gote Borgstom for personal use
based on his design, idea or concept
like the deep running thick metal 7g Island size bait which was infact
weighing 12g. seen at top left below. Most were tested for
effectiveness in the Morrum river during lunch time or after work hours.
reels were experimented with different colours too, many
did not escape the crushing yard. I have one beautiful lime
green ABU Cardinal 55 destined for crushing but "someone" could
not bear to destroy it. See
As many of these lures were test models from 40/60 years ago, I suggest you establish a link to where they originated and who was responsible.
The latest batch of these unique attempts to design a marketable lure for ABU is below.
Uffe came out on 3rd September 2017 to visit me, for his 16 days of fishing and I think he must have cleaned out the last of his tresures that he can attribute directly to ex -employees at ABU's Svangsta plant. So many, roughly 40, in fact that I don't have the time to photograph them all like I have done previously for the earlier 26 prototypes. One will note all component parts were readily available parts from the era.
Some of my prototype baits can be enjoyed below!
Prototype ABU spinner bait based on Morrum lead head.
Prototype Kaleva with Droppen body
Prototype Shiner weedless style.
ABU factory Modified Salar design, named Galax, tested but never released.
Strange ABU prototype
You will see here , as a reminder , my most valued prototype , due to ownership, the original special weighted Island lures made for Gote Borgestrom, in 12g size (double thickness metal) rather than usual 7g size for deeper fishing and longer casting on fast flowing streams and rivers.
Soon, as I learn how to photograph a very difficult subject, the double thickness 4g Toby in Silver, I will share it here. Due to the thickness and extreme curvature of the spoon, it just barely received the identification impressions.
The weird looking giant Ladybeetle was another that never made it to large scale production and sale.
I also have some ABU Toby lures
with the identification impression on the wrong side of the spoon.
This happened with other ABU spoons too.
Uffe tells me....
The original handmade lead model for the Krill is here with the first Stainless steel example produced in the factory prior to being stamped and named in production models.Today I talked to my friend Bert Nilsson from Asarum in Blekinge! He was working many years together with Ove Soldemyr! In fact the protos of the weedless Toby that you now have was made by Bert! He told me about the goat hair that he attached to the metal thread on the protos! I did not know that he was in this position working close to Ove! This Bert is the father to the Cleopatra fly reel! He still have one of this protos in his possession! Bert will do some research about Ove for me!! ......
I have today got some news from Bert, my pal in
Asarum. He say that the first Toby was made by a man named
“Sven-Åke Kullberg” . He made a
has kindly photographed (below) the very rare 12g weight but
7g size Island from Gote's personal tackle-box mentioned above but
seen poorly though the plastic bag with Uffe's annotation.
to see good detail.
I have 2 colours S and Z mint and Mike recently became the beneficiary of a spare Uffe had.
In the search for all the ABU plugs, I am
still looking for a Kynoch, small size Black Rakan, and a jointed Killer if it exists , of any colour or
size, for my lure display.
Old Record spinners/spoons such as Ideal X, Pike, Pendeldraget, Kelly, Doublespinnaren are still very scarce and more need to be found for my collection also.
I am interested in tracking down some
un-painted plug like a Kynoch also.
If you have any other lures, that are un-needed or doubles in your collection and are available for swapping or a reasonable fee, I would be very pleased to hear from you.