hello and thank you all for your responses. May I chime in
this is not a Nor-vise just because I like straight jaws. We have the angled arm if you like. It is just my preference for tying big flies. if you want a angled arm just order it.
next the flex are is coolant line. These do fail and fall apart due to the fluids passing through them. not applicable in this function, and should last you a life time.
centerlines are there so you never tie a tilled fly again assuming user uses them while tying ( this is something that should have been done years ago in my opinion. Hence the point of saying "Barbaric" )
the "work caddy ( in the pedestal ) is fully functional with the flex arm and back snatch.
I promise you you will have more room to work than ever before, as that was a big factor in the design.
the plastic clam downs are torque rate to 152 In.-Lbs. and user will never use more than maybe 30 lbs. for intended purpose
inside the cam is two sets of ball bearings and it will spin as freely as you want it to
dogging on the others? hum well after many many years of hearing the same complaints from tyers ( beginner to advanced ) I decided to stop complaining myself and fix the problem. I would love to hear from all of you on this also. Look at the ratcheting system on the competitors master vise. for that useless feature they are charging the tyer roughly $400 ??? why. I have yet to find a tyer that see that as usfull, so..... I also have never had a vise hold a hook as well as I have shown mine to do. Our vise makers to date have not filled any voids and we are filling these voids. so seeing as I have not seen anything updated in fly vises in my lifetime ( beyond true rotary ) I feel we are bringing in the future by bringing you features to work with.
Price. well 100% american made cost money. we have every intent to get the price lower as we gain buying power.
hand crafted parts from american craftsmen is awesome. you can see and feel it in the vise.
twin ball bearing
back snatch and flex arm
measuring system ( in 1/16 in. )
5/8 stainless steel post is not only designed to give you more height adjustment, but also if you want to make the post 4ft. long all you have to do is go to your hardware store and but 5/8.s whatever to fit your needs. That's the point of what we are doing. This is for you, me, and the future of tying. The attachments to come will amaze you ( we hope), we are building attachments to fit your vise on your bench,so...
not trying to advertise here as the OP did share our vise with you on his own accord. Here is our website ( please delete if not allowed )
we have many new schools tools drawn up and ready to go as we grow, The Predator is one of two flagship vises we have to offer, but this is number one right now. Grassroots company with the future of fly tying and in- abling the " disabled" for the greater good of this world we live in. I very respectfully ask for the tying community to support us.
If missed something please let me know. I look forward to your opinions good and bad. Help us keep our shared passion alive