Why Are Daiwa Reels Expensive?

A Little History Of Daiwa Reel

Since it was founded in 1958, Daiwa has been developing products that are meeting the ever-changing needs of the market. It’s by no surprise that Daiwa has been at the forefront in creating many innovative technologies. Daiwa’s reel-producing technology is considered one of the best in the world. Around 1979, Daiwa put a lot of emphasis on carbon fibers. It was the first manufacturing company to incorporate graphite on both the rotors and reel bodies. It has advanced to using more convenient materials Zaion which is a new high-density carbon fiber material that even exceeds metal in some aspects. In 2010, the company developed what is known as “Z-SVF”. It is a high-density carbon fiber sheet with a minimum amount of resin. Currently, Daiwa uses Z-SVF in their rods to make some of the lightest-weight rods available in the market.

Daiwa reels are expensive because of the quality and technology they contain. They hold their value well due to how long it takes to make each one, which means you’ll find them less frequently on craigslist, eBay, etc.

The drag on a Daiwa reel is smoother and easier to adjust than on most other reels. They are lighter due to more aluminum being used in the construction of their reels, which means you won’t get tired after playing a fish for 10 minutes or 2 hours.

Their handle and knobs feel better in your hands and they’re designed to not slip out of your hand. They’re built to last, and their reels are tested in the harsh salt conditions of Japan, California, etc.

Materials used for making Daiwa reels

Materials used for making Daiwa reels are varied. The materials that are not used often are given to the recycling center, while those materials that are used often are recycled or melted to be remolded into something new.

For instance, aluminum is chosen to be used for making gears because it is lightweight yet sturdy. Brass is chosen to be used as a frame because of its shiny look and its ability to slowly wear down over time.

Nylon is chosen as a material because it is cheap, lightweight, and durable. Also, for many of Daiwa’s reels, they can be found in low quantities almost anywhere so they don’t have to pay as much money for their supply.

High-density plastics are used as durable materials to make the outer part of the reels. This is because it can be molded into different shapes and has a high resistance to physical damages such as scratches and dents.

Steel and titanium are used for making gears, shafts, and spindles because they are strong yet lightweight metals that will not corrode even after long periods.

Since many different types of metals and materials are used, the cost of the reels is high because they have to buy a large number of different resources. However, it allows them to make an accurate product that fits all the specifications and needs that anglers prefer in their fishing reels.

How long do Daiwa reels last?

A Daiwa reel can easily last for 5-10 years before it starts having problems, depending on the model of the reel and how often it has been used. A reel that is used often will wear out sooner than one that has been sitting in a box all of its life. The most common problem with any fishing reel is corrosion inside the reel from water entering it during use. This can be easily solved by draining the gears and making sure they dry before using them again. Other Daiwa reel parts may be difficult to replace without having to purchase a whole new reel.

Overall, Daiwa reels are some of the best fishing reels on the market. They tend to be high in value because of how well they are made and last. Daiwa makes some of the best fishing reels in the world, but they’re often overlooked because their brand image is poor due to their low price point.

Where are Daiwa reels manufactured?

The Daiwa corporation is based out of Osaka, Japan. Some Daiwa reels are manufactured there but many are manufactured overseas by their subcontractors. They operate additional subsidiaries in China (Daiwa China) where they also manufacture their products as well as in the Philippines.

The Daiwa corporation also owns subsidiaries in Europe, US, and Australia that are not engaged in manufacturing activities but rather import or market Daiwa products. These companies are managed by the Daiwa corporation itself under the supervision of the parent company which is based in Japan.

Features of the Daiwa reels include:

  • 3 ball bearings on the main gear
  • A cork handle and knob
  • A clicker to prevent line overrun
  • Line capacity marked on the spool
  • Swept handle for ease of cranking
  • A line guide with 13 ball bearings

Latest models and features of the Daiwa reels

Daiwa Bg

The Daiwa Bg is one of the best high-end saltwater spinning reels.

It’s light enough to feel the lure but heavy enough for fighting fish, it has an aluminum spool which means you can use braided line without fear of breaking the line or the reel, and its drag is smooth as butter.

More than anything else though, what makes this ideal is how many bearings it has for a spinning reel of this price.

  • Daiwa Saltist Spinning Reel

A real workhorse. The range of Saltist spinning reels from Daiwa is designed to provide excellent value fishing experiences with a focus on durability and practicality. The reel is a front drag system, with a simple right-hand retrieve crank offering smooth operation. There are four ball bearings, which ensure that the spool rotates freely and with reduced resistance, when in use.

A quick-set anti-reverse system with four ball bearings provides great casting control with an instant hook set on the return of the handle crank. The Saltist offers a six-pin centrifugal braking system for power and immediate response in competitive fishing environments, which is complemented by a graphite spool that minimizes spool vibration.

How To Take Care Of Your Daiwa Reel?

There are several ways to take care of your Daiwa. One way is to make sure that it doesn’t get wet, which means you must ensure the spool is not left open and the line is wound properly onto the spool. You should also make sure that your reel gets only as much oil as necessary and wipe off any excess oil.

Another way to take care of your reel, after it has been taken out of the water and you have removed all of the line and any other parts that may be wet, is to wipe off the metal parts with a rag or towel.

In short, the easiest way to take care of your Daiwa is by keeping it away from water and wiping off any excess oil. You can also adjust the drag for different types of fish and make sure your bail arm springs are working properly.


Daiwa’s reels are well made, effective for angling purposes and they come in a wide range of models. Their quality continues to improve by the day. There is no doubt that Daiwa Japan makes some truly excellent fishing reels.