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Griffin Superior 2A

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?  3.33

 

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?  4.00

 

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).  3.33

 

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.  2.00

 

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?  3.00

 

Country where manufactured?  USA

3.00 Overall Rating

MSRP  $59.50
 

Jim's Comments -  One of the things I think should happen a lot more in vises is the add-on section of stem that lets you easily transfer the vise from a base to a c-clamp. This is a welcome addition. The fact that the head will rock forwards and back is better than nothing but full rotation is the desired goal. Griffin has managed to standardize their c-clamps but there seem to be four different heads for four different vises. That seems like design overkill but if they sell, who cares.

Jim's Rating - 3.40

 

Joe's Comments I'll fess up. I own one of these. I've tied hundreds, if not thousands of flies on it. I use it with a pedestal base to tie while on the road. You really can't knock a tool that does just what it's supposed to. At first I was a bit concerned about the O-ring counterforce, but after nearly 10 years of use it's been fine. In any situation, replacements are just a hardware store away. Good quality metal in the jaws means this vise is slow to wear out. Perhaps its greatest downfall is that you won't be able to wear it out for an excuse for a new one. Do what I did - just call it a 'back up' and explain to your significant other that a real fly fisher has a back-up for everything! Seriously, this is all most tiers will need. I seriously miss rotability in the head, but what do you want for a Grant?

Joe's Rating - 2.90

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Mark's CommentsThis is a nice compact simple vice, great for travelers, small cardboard box is not sufficient for traveling without adding some foam to it, comes with instructions, also has a nice add on stem for those wanting a taller perch to work from. One thing I didn't like was, when tying a smaller #18, the jaws do not offer much clearance.  I struggled a bit getting the hook into the position I needed it to be in.  Once there it was tight but the jaws held just fine.

Mark's Rating - 2.70

 

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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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