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What Vise do you use?
Posted 26 July 2004 - 09:31 AM
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.
Posted 26 July 2004 - 09:55 AM
So I went out and got a Renzetti traveler pedestal base, its not the cam lock. I think I go the last one were you have to tighten down the screws.
I like especially the bobbin cradle. I have tied from sizes 3/0 down to 22 on this vice. It has served me well.
My tying sensi has me in the mind set of a vice just holds the hook. I can not see spending $300 plus on a vice !
Just so I can have brass instead of aluminum! (Renzetti presentation) I'm sure each manufacture brings something different to a vice.
My skill level is just not there to notice the differences.
Posted 26 July 2004 - 10:33 AM
Posted 26 July 2004 - 10:42 AM
But lately I've been using a Barracuda that I won as a prize and I used to think it was foolish to pay $300 or more on a vise but this thing is just so sweet. And the rotary function is awesome - took a bit to learn how and when to use it but now that I do I use it all the time.
Posted 26 July 2004 - 11:12 AM
Posted 26 July 2004 - 11:31 AM
Posted 26 July 2004 - 11:59 AM
The vise he gave me was an Old Herters #9, still have it and still use it. but I wanted something after a year that was totally new and all mine and I went through the vise article and tried out LOT"S of vises, I have a great local shop and when I took my class tried many of them.
I chose the Dyna-King Kingfisher and it has been excellent. I got a deal on it when they had a sale and only paid $75.00 for it. For christmans last year my daughter was in an Old stuff new stuff store in Michigan and found brand new in the box a Thompson Model A and paid $5.00 for it. Got it as a christmas present and use this one also, plus it had a base plate which was cool.
I do wish I had the midge jaws for my Kingfisher but I'm not paying $39.00 to get them and what I have is just perfect for me at this stage in my tying.
Posted 26 July 2004 - 04:18 PM
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Posted 26 July 2004 - 04:34 PM
Posted 26 July 2004 - 05:57 PM
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Posted 26 July 2004 - 06:47 PM
Posted 26 July 2004 - 07:00 PM
Posted 26 July 2004 - 08:40 PM
Many years ago I bought a flytying kit from Cabelas. I still tie on the vice that came in that kit. It's the Cabelas Master Vice which I see sells for about 25 bucks. I have tied hundreds of flies on it over the years. I will say that the jaws are starting to wear out and the hooks will slip or pop out if not positioned just right.
Might be time for a new vice. I look forward to reading additional comments generated by this question.
Posted 27 July 2004 - 12:31 AM
Posted 27 July 2004 - 11:47 AM