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Hi all,

Just starting to browse my options.

I haven't bought a new vise in 15 years.

 

But it's time to upgrade as I have the dedicated room and time to tie more and the old vises just aren't cuttiing it anymore.

 

I have a rotary vise but the calmp mechanism is accuated by two knobs.

So specifically I;d like to have a lever actuated clamping mechanism.

Also the rotation friction control on mine just plain sucks.

 

I mostly tie small stuff - and I have vises I can use for bigger hooks so I don't ned something that will handle everything from size 32 through 5/0.

Since the eyes have gone south I tend to stick between a size 18 and up.

 

I tie a lot of chironomids, buggers, nymphs of all sorts, some drys.

 

I like a heavy base with no clamp or permanet mount.

 

Can I find something decent for around $200 US ??

 

your suggestions and ideas to start the search would be most helpful !

Thanks

 

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No, I have a Griffin Odyssey Spider vise with cam jaws.

$116.95

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Griffin-Odyssey-Spider-Cam-Fly-Tying-Vise/201399837190?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D36188%26meid%3D7f3d1a2fdbdc4db0b45e12bdb3564849%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D191651564984

 

 

I really like mine, but I don't use the rotary function that much.

I was just giving suggestions ... as requested.

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I've been using a Danvise for the last 20 years. Actually two. Price is around $100. There is a pedestal available. I've found it a decent vise. I've tied size 32s on it but those days are past and up to a 6/0. It's not a fancy looking vise but they've served me well.

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I 2nd the anvil atlas I do ty saltwater flies on it the base does not move. There is nothing wimpy about the vise either.

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The Wolff Atlas vise is the same vise as the Anvil Atlas those on Ebay are older models. I have been teaching veterans and our project has about 9 of these. They come with both the C clamp, and the Pedistal base. I can say that they are excellent products, and the base is substantial enough. The adjustment and lever action for closing the jaws are simple, and easy. The vise will hold a hook as well as most good quality vises. None of our students have that much background in fly tying, and they all have no trouble working on these vises. They are backed by a lifetime warranty.

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I recommend the Peak vise, been using it for over a year now and it's just a great vise for the price.

 

Pros -

Large heavy pedestal base, does not move or rock / tilt

Affordable price

Comfortable to tie with, good rotary

Made in usa

 

Cons -

They have some cool accessories like material clip, rotary accessory, brass knobs (??) but they are all sold separately which is just silly I say they raise the price slightly and include the accessories.

Jaws could be better, but are still great

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I recommend the Peak vise, been using it for over a year now and it's just a great vise for the price.

 

Pros -

Large heavy pedestal base, does not move or rock / tilt

Affordable price

Comfortable to tie with, good rotary

Made in usa

 

Cons -

They have some cool accessories like material clip, rotary accessory, brass knobs (??) but they are all sold separately which is just silly I say they raise the price slightly and include the accessories.

Jaws could be better, but are still great

Peak vise packages.

 

I also recommend the Peak vise.

I happen to like their C-Clamp which has the largest

surface area for clamping to a table.

They also really stand behind their product.

 

Kimo

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I have a Wolff Atlas vise. I don't think anything about the design has changed from Anvil to new company Wolff. I've tinkered with tying size 20 and 22 flies, and lately, size 1/0 Clousers for bass, and usually 12-18s, so it can handle a wide range. The base does not move with my tying the bigger flies but then i'm not putting much pressure to it.

 

One criticism is that the vise is not as nicely machined everywhere as other much more expensive vises are machined. non-critical portions are left a satin finish. The designer of the vise, easily reachable by phone, explained this is is why it can be sold cheaper than the more expensive vises. He also explained that the rotational drag is controlled from the left end knob, not the lock screw near the head. this was a misunderstanding on my part when i first received the vise last summer. Duh. the lock screw at the head either fully locks the rotation, or you back it out all the way for free rotation. again, the amount of drag for rotation is controlled by the end knob.

 

one nice thing is that the price, i think less than $120 from a forum member who represents Wolff, included both pedestal base and c-clamp. there is also just one set of jaws for a wide range of hooks. no need to buy bigger or midge jaws. one con to the vise is it does not include a bobbin cradle, but the seller i bought mine from sold me one of his own design (as an option) and it works really well, but any standard bobbin cradle will fit the standard stem of the vise.

 

i rarely use the true-rotational feature of the vise, but it was there when i wanted to use it. I was strongly considering the Peak myself but i fell for the styling of the Atlas. It has a cool mid-20th century/space race/futuristic form factor to the outward design AND holds the hook securely, which is what it needs to do. I think this vise is a where I bought minegreat deal.

 

Here's where I bought mine:

http://www.southwestcustomrods.com/products/fly-tying-related/wolff-indiana-vises

 

eric

fresno, ca.

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Yes I own one of the Atlas vises and they are well worth the money

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I won't get involved in another one of these numerous threads. Everything you could possibly need to know is in one of them.

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