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What Vise do you use?

What is your primary vise?  

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I started out with a Cabela's vise which came with a kit I bought from them. Although it was still going strong, I decided to upgrade several years ago and bought a Griffin Montana Mongoose. It is a nice vise but there is something about it, that I can't put my finger on, that I don't like. It holds hooks well, is well made (except for the plastic knobs), and is fairly easy to use, but I'm just not happy with it. I have already given my wife the word, I want a HMH Spartan for Christmas.

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Have a Renzetti Traveller. Like its functionality and portability. I've had no problems with its holding power on 24-2/0 with the standard cam jaw. I only have the pedestal base and want to get a c-clamp to help when tying fly patterns that need higher thread tension. This is, however, the only vice I have owned so not much of a basis to make any comparative observations.

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I've got a pair of Renzetti Traveler Vices. The clamp stays on my bench, the pedestal travels with me. They just work!

 

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I have a Renzetti Traveler purchased in 1999 and am still using the 2nd set of O-rings. I am somewhat of a Ludite and like the simple design of this vise.

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I started out with an inexpensive kit vise which quickly wore out and went to a Thompson A. I now use a Griffin Odyssey, it works OK but I'm not really happy with it and am looking for another upgrade.

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I have several vises that I use to depending on what I am doing. I tie small flies on the Renzetti to include small poppers and foam flies. I use an HMH for clousers and streamers. I also found a vise from down under that is very well made and I also use for tying. I guess I just like to try different vises and have fun with them. I probably have 6 or 8 vises.

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I 've just order a HMH spartan vice with omni jaws for medium saltwater flies.

As soon as i deliver and start tying i let you know my thoughts and i 'll post my photos.

For this price i think i made a good choise.

 

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For home use I tie on a HMH (API) Presentation and a Nor-vise. Depends on what I'm tying. Love the versatility of the HMH vise with the multiple jaws and tube fly conversion. Love the speed of the Nor-vise. When travelling, I tie on a Griffin 3ARP and Odyssey. Not as refined but does the job and easier to replace if lost, stolen or forgotten in some hotel room, cabin, etc.

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Love the Regal Medallion Series with the bronze pedestal base. It's served me well for a lot of years. such an easy to operate vise! :D

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I would say that you need to check out the 720 fly wheel vice, this is the coolest vice that I have ever worked with, I believe that it is the BEST vice , just see what this thing can do

There have been some posts recently from newbies asking for advice about vises. So, I thought it would be a good time to get everybody's 2 cents worth and proved some information for them.

 

I have been through 8 or 9 different vises since I started tying, and until now haven't been really happy with any of them. It's still early in our relationship, but it appears I will be happy with my latest vise but that could change, I am kind of fickled.

 

It's funny how some tyers can be chauvanistic and defensive about thier vises, so in this poll I would like to hear what you like best and least about your vise. And don't tell me you vise is perfect, none of them are.

 

I started with a Thompson "A" and now I'm using an HMH. I've run the gambit through Renzetti, D-K, Thompson and a few others and I have found that in my case, a rotary vise isn't an advantage for me. I prefer a more linear fixed platform to tie from. Also, the design of the rotary arm seemed to always be in the way, tying Clousers on one is awkward.

 

I prefer cam-lock jaws but Dyna-King's jaws are a little too efficient, I've lost count on how many hooks I have crushed in them. The old Renzetti jaws with the cheezy rubber band on them are crap and were the reason I got rid of mine. I'm not using my Cobra anymore because of the jaws and the rotary arm (two strikes) although it is a very good vise for small flies.

 

So far I'm happy with the HMH, although I would prefer the Magnum jaws not have grooves machined into them, it isn't good for japanned salmon fly hooks.

 

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I use a Renzetti. the least desireable feature that I don't like is after about 15 - 20 dozen BWO's you have to clean and relube everything.

 

What I like best is obviously the rotary feature.us Your waste is almost zero with tinsels, chenille, and saddle hackles.

 

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I have a Regal and really like it for the flies I tie. I've had it for about ten years, and it's done me fine. I don't have the midge jaws so it may not be great for the smaller flies, but then my eyesight is going, and I have friends that tie up small flies better than I can - and they are good friends that are always willing to share!

 

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I would say that you need to check out the 720 fly wheel vice, this is the coolest vice that I have ever worked with, I believe that it is the BEST vice , just see what this thing can do

 

 

I use a 720 also, it's awesome.

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I already posted here but recently I upgraded to an Anvil Apex. This thing ROCKS!

 

The jaws hold a hook perfect, big and small. Rotory is smooth ;)

 

 

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I would say that you need to check out the 720 fly wheel vice, this is the coolest vice that I have ever worked with, I believe that it is the BEST vice , just see what this thing can do

 

 

I use a 720 also, it's awesome.

thank's I hope you pick one up. they are diggty dank!

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