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The J-Bobbin... From the Brightest Spot on the Darkest Continent... 'worth a look... here's my first day impression...

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For the sake of comparison, consider a C&F bobbin and my right hand...

to get the bobbin tube to somewhat parallel the hook shaft requires some wrist / hand alignment effort while winding on thread...

'standard ops... 'been there, done that, NO biggie! NICE bobbin!

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Jay Smit [as in the original J-Vise, NOT the knock off] has taken the hook shaft/wrist/hand mechanics into account and attempted to make the process more ergonomic and comfortable... IMHO: He has succeeded!

Sort'a reminds me of the curious offset pliers that Orvis sells for easy hook access and removal from deep in a fish's mouth...

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There is a knurled spool tension adjustment screw that applies fairly constant and controlled pressure on the base of the thread spool...

I'm accustomed to regulating thread tension by "palming the spool" but, with a little practice, I could easily get used to this "set and forget" approach...

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The thread comes off the spool and passes over the edge of the nicely rounded and highly polished stainless steel tension arm... friction seems minimal and the fine mono thread that I frequently use had NO issues...

There were NO instructions... threading was easy and intuitive and I suspect that if the thread did not pass under the tension bar, it could still go directly from the spool into the polished steel tube but "under" the support seemed intuitive and correct...

Regarding the TUBE: I don't believe it's ceramic, but it's VERY smooth and has NOT been an issue...

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The balance is very nice and when I remove my thumb from the equation, the bobbin rests comfortably in my fingers...

and the length of the bobbin tube is plenty adequate for large phlyz on long shank hooks...

I've tyed several salt water patterns using 1/0 Signature Series Tarpon and feel right at home and appreciate the thought given to this interesting and very comfortable design.

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It only arrived this morning and I already feel very comfortable with it in hand...

Wraps are precise and predictable...

IMHO: I don't see any problem "bobbin spinning" or splitting thread for dubbing applications...

My salt water tying is much less technical than tiny fresh water bugz but it is demanding with regard to robust design and expected performance...

The design certainly caught my eye... For my needs, it performs as good as it feels! I have J-Vise #499 and have NO REGRETS... 'same here!

I'm a long time Norlander Automatic Bobbin user and, when I tye really small delicate patterns with ultra-fine thread, I use and enjoy Faruk Ekich's Ultimate Bobbin very much... both kinetic sculptures and tools for life...

ALL great tools and all feed my enthusiasm, to be sure...

This new arrival looks and feels VERY promising...

I'm absolutely comfortable with the well thought out angles and design and the performance rivals Jay's other noteworthy technical accomplishments...

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Thanks' for the opportunity to share my latest JayMeister "Durban Discovery"...

I enjoy the pheel and performance of good tools and this one did NOT disappoint !...

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I don't know if it is truly an ergonomic design which I think is what he was going for. to me in the picture that shows your wrist it look as though you are bending it strangely to fit the bobbin. I guess it could just be the picture but I would have to try it out for myself to really feel it was working as expected (ergonomically)

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hmmm....not sure. I like the idea and concept behind it, just not sure it would provide any true benefit. I would have to try one. The first thing that pops in my head is that it looks like there are too many points of friction. The thread being in contact with the cross bar, and the extreme angle the thread enters the tube concern me. I could see 14/0 thread getting destroyed in that, pressure and angles on thread = problems. Although with heavy thread it wouldnt be a problem.

 

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"Verrrry Interesting!" - Artie Johnson- Laugh-In Comedy Show Late 1970's TV

 

I wonder- Does it come with a quick draw Holster ?

 

As for me -KISS - ( Keep It Simple, Stupid) Straight through the hole in the tube is good enough for me.

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Jay sent #10 to me on Monday......

 

 

 

So what is the final cost. No info on his web page..

 

?? would like to know also!!

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Day 2:

'Feels very nice in the hand and the wraps are precise and easily controlled...

The tube is seamless 316 surgical stainless steelium [not quite but almost unobtainium]... NO issues...

regarding: price and availability... 'still waiting for that info from Jay [who said something about going on a fishing trip]...

This is a prototype... news to follow... when I hear something noteworthy, I'll pass it on... check his web site for updates...

inthemeantime... I'm likin' it!

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