where do I start? Well, I was strictly looking at price, initially, as I was just getting into fly tying. Now, I'm custom tying and selling on line. The vise may have been a good starter vise, but I never even used the rotary function. The jaws, I now realize, are horrible. They don't hold a hook like higher quality vises, slipping on almost every tie. In order to get the vise to firmly hold a hook, you practically break your thumb mashing down the tensioning arm. It's poorly designed. I know everybody has an opinion, but I would seriously caution anyone considering the Peak.
I've tied thousands of flies from size #4 to #28 on mine and never had any problem with hooks slipping. I use the midge jaws for smaller flies, but the regular jaws work well down to #18 or #20. I don't know what the problem was, but must have been something. I'm just saying...