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Griffin Superior 1A

First Impressions.  Did the vise come in an attractive package?  Was it well packed and would the packaging serve as storage for the vise?  3.00

 

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?  4.00

 

Vise fit and finish.  Is this a well finished product?  Did it communicate quality right out of the box?  3.00

 

C-Clamp quality:  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?  3.00

 

Vise stem finish, adjustability and length. Is the vise flexible in placement for a number of tiers and table heights?  3.67

 

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?  3.33

 

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.  N/A

 

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).  3.00

 

Accessories. 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. 1.67

 

Reviewer’s Choice.  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?  2.17

 

Country where manufactured?  USA

 

 

2.78 Overall Rating

MSRP   $47.00

 

Jim's Comments - Nice budget minded tool that really holds hooks well. Great instructions. After using a similar system on a Renzetti for the last few years, I'm not enamored with the dual screw method of setting a hook in the vise. The fact that this vise can't be rotated to see the other side of the fly is a serious detriment. Great intro to the hobby tool but prolific tiers will tire of the lack of rotation.

Jim's Rating - 3.22

 

Joe's Comments - Take my comments on the 2A and take $10 off of the price and you'll get it. My reaction is this is the same vise with a bit of money taken out of the production costs. Get the 2A if you can. You won't be unhappy with the 1A, but you'll eventually wish you put another $20 or so into your tying investment. That said, this is a good vise for a someone just starting (how many kids stick with hobbies that look "cool" but require practice?). This is also a good choice for a shop or club that wants to have half a dozen vises around for tying classes but doesn't (or can't) drop big coin to get there. Serviceability and honest functionality makes this an excellent entry level choice.

Joe's Rating - 2.60

 

Mark's Comments - This vice is very basic, good directions as all Griffin Vices have, but no part numbers or options listed. While I liked the simple Cam mechanism to lock down the jaws, I was worried that the spring would fly off sooner or later and make the whole thing unusable. The jaws offer a lot of clearance and held the hook just fine. The C clamp was fine except the cheap piece of cork that is glued to the bottom of it was already broke in half making it seem cheaply made.( I think I was only the 2nd or 3rd tester to use it) Otherwise this Vice works well and would make a nice simple beginner vice.

Mark's Rating - 2.55

 

 

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Manufacturer's Comments - We try to keep the cost of our tools down without sacrificing quality.  Our 1A and MT Pro are great little vises for folks who would like to learn to tie, but don't want to spend a lot. They're simple to use and will hold a hook firmly. Both of these vises will be available next fall in a pedestal version.  We feel that our vises meet the needs of tiers looking for a US made vise that won't empty their wallet, provide hook holding ability , quality and capability of providing many years of tying.

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