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  1. Frank actually put cutters in whip finishers he did not sell commercially. They has a little v groove in them. He game them to tyers as gifts.
  2. Thanks, I have seen it but I’m looking for one specifically with the thread cutter on the end. Mike
  3. Hi Everyone, I’m looking for a Frank Matarelli whip finisher with the thread cutter on the end and FM initials. I know I can do this myself but as a collector I’m looking for one Frank made. I know these were not commercially available and some were made as gift sets with exotic wood handles. If anyone has one please PM or steer me in the right direction. Thanks so much! Mike
  4. Does anyone have picture Of the special edition dyna king pro that came in a wooden display case? I believe it was made in all brass and made in the 90s, Their used to be one on the internet but I cant find it anymore. Thanks so much! Mike
  5. The Pro Vice was sold by Virtial Nymph in the UK. They make a great product called nymph skin. They only made about 25 pro vices and have been sold out for close to a year. Dale the owner said they are not making anymore for now because of problems with the company that makes them. I have heard a mixed bag on the vice as not as quality as a LAW.
  6. I was one of the tyers and it was probably the best attendance in the last 5 years. absolutely a better spot then Lancaster. Michael
  7. Hi DFoster I have one of the 1st 100 HMH TRV's & I also just got one of their new 2nd gen jaws that does have a better finish. I am a big vise collector and I am lucky enough to own a LAW as well so I can give you a good idea of what you get compared to a LAW and just how the vise is in general. Also, if you are going to the International Fly Tying Symposium I will be one of the pro tyers there and will be tying on my TRV so I can show you in person. It would probably be easier to make a video and I might do that if I have sometime but for now Ill go over what I like about the TRV (I have the exhibition with brass base) The jaws of the TRV are cast compared to the LAW which was machined and then hand finished by Lawrence Waldron The new TRV jaws are still cast but they are not as "rough" as the original casts were and have a darker finish (its almost black) The original wheel to open and close the jaws was very "sharp" and hand hard edges. Jon Larrabee (owner of HMH) quickly made new ones where he rounded out all the edges and its a lot better. He swapped out the wheel when I saw him at the Fly Fishing Show in Edison Performance of the TRV is very good I have put a 4/0 - 26 in it and it hold fine adjusting the angle of the jaw so you can get the hook inline for true rotary is nice (you can't do that on a law) The fit and finish overall is very good, the brass base is nice and heavy and the rest of the HMH components are from their other vises where are all top quality The grooves work but I like the ones on the LAW better. If you happen to have the chance to get a LAW I would get it because overall its better (in little ways) but the TRV is the closest most people will get and it works well. Let me know what questions you have and I will be happy to answer them. Thanks, Michael
  8. Thanks Pete! I hope your enjoying your new home! Hope to see you at the symposium or fly fishing show this year. Mike
  9. Hi Everyone, I was wondering if anyone on the forum owns or has experience with the Marc Petitjean Swiss vise? Specifically I'm looking for information on the hook holding power especially in the bigger sizes. In my brief hands on with a friends, bigger streamer hooks and even long shank dry fly hooks were slipping in the jaws under moderate pressure and I was wondering if any owners out there had the same experience? I know its rated for hook sizes 9/0 - 32. Any info would be greatly appreciated, thank you! Michael
  10. You also have the HMH TRV as an alternative.
  11. I actually picked a few colors yesterday mainly because I heard they have been deadly. Im going to experiment and Ill post what I come up with. Mike
  12. Andresere, you can also send the vise to get fully restored by Renzetti. If you go to their Facebook page they post pictures all the time of restores they have done. You can also buy the cam jaws and they will fit right on the vise you just bought. Happy new year!
  13. Here is one comparing the LAW to TRV...
  14. Here are a few more, this one shows the jaws and hook grooves ff both the TRV and the LAW...
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