Did the vise come in an attractive package? Was it well packed and
would the packaging serve as storage for the vise?
what the first impressions are on this one. Those first impressions
are several decades old!
Directions, literature, parts lists and
documentation? Does this vise come
with a set of directions that explain care and maintenance of the product?
Are there illustrations of the parts in case you need to order an
accessory or replace a missing part? Are there well written
directions explaining calibration and set-up of the vise?
Back then you were expected to
be smart enough to figure this one out.
Vise fit and finish.
Is this a well finished product? Did it communicate quality right
out of the box? Like
a '63 Buick
Is the clamp well designed? Did the clamp provide a solid, immobile
mounting system for the vice? Did it remain tight through a long
session of tying? Did it mark, or have the potential to damage the
surface of the table to which it's clamped? Barely
Vise stem finish, adjustability and length.
Is the vise flexible in placement for a number of tiers and table heights?
The only thing you can adjust
with this is a dent in your tire rim.
Smoothness of operation of vise jaws.
Were they easy to open and close? Are the jaws easy to
calibrate for various hooks? Do the jaws remain in the calibrated
position or is it necessary to readjust the jaws after a few flies?
Pure functionality for 35+
Rotation and adjustability.
Is the vise capable of rotating? If so, was the rotating
mechanism smooth and robust? Use N/A if this vise doesn’t
feature rotability. You
have to ask?
Jaw grip, hold and clearance.
Does the vise hold the hook stable under both vertical and horizontal
pressures? Is there access to tie on any type of hook in the normal
size range? Can it reliably hold different sizes of hooks? All
vises must hold a minimum of size 20 to 2/0 to rate a 4 or better unless
they are purposed designed and labeled as being designed for a specific
hook size (tube, midge or saltwater, for instance).
Everything from 20 to 6/0
Is the vise capable of being customized with a bobbin
cradle, material clip, background card, parachute tool, waste receptacle,
etc.? A good vise should have a material clip included as part of
its design. There are none
There is no category for this. This is a gauge of “goose-bump”
factor. Did you like this vise? Could you forget about the
tool and do the job? Reference
Country where manufactured? USA
VISES UNDER $50
TO MAIN VISE