A most sophisticated piece of steel and brass artisanship standing with the best of fly tying vises in the world. A streamside, HAND HELD FLY TYING VISE that grew into the solid brass and high grade steel, BENCH TOP FLY TYING VISE you see here, created by my colleague John Millar of British Columbia
Several years ago I concocted the idea of, and helped design, a HAND HELD TRAVEL VISE, now made by JOHN MILLAR, machinist extraordinaire, well-known throughout the USA, Canada and the world as one of the finest custom gun makers.
A few years after he refined the hand held vise a surprise package from John arrived at my home and inside was his first BENCH TOP VISE, a gift in exchange for some minor leather work . I continue to advertise and administer the sale of both vises for John Millar. Please contact me for further details, or purchase of the vise(s).
A TRUE ROTARY VISE, THE BENCH TOP VISE rotates on BALL BEARINGS, turning on its own axis, holding the hook in line with that rotation. That true rotation insures even applications of thread to the fly with each turn of the handle, while the bobbin hangs free from the extended thread arm. The vise head, with hook groove, adjusts to align larger or smaller hook sizes with the aid of an alignment pin extending from the handle assembly. See photo’s above for detailed views. Vise base is 10 lbs. of solid brass for a stable, table-top rotary fly tying vise. The HANDLE FREE WHEELS ON BALL BEARINGS. Speed of each turn can be as tightly controlled as needed from freewheeling to locked snug via the adjusting knob mounted on the top of the vise.
Accents include African blackwood on the handle, thread holder, adjustment tools and alignment pin. hand engraved flies adorn the speed control knob and vise head knobs. The combination of brass, colour cased steel and African blackwood provides an eye catching, vintage profile of a mechanically sophisticated fly tying vise. $1800 US.
The vise head is removable to become a TRAVEL VISE when mounted on a brass ‘platform’ (A leather hand strap is mounted on the brass platform to secure the assembly to the hand). The vise head slides back and forward and, tilts up and down to allow adjustment to fit individual hands. The hand held vise assembly is included with the BENCH TOP VISE at no extra cost. As a ‘stand alone’, item the TRAVEL VISE as described above is available for $550 US
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