LAW Vise

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Big E, Feb 19, 2013.

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  2. Reeeeediculous. You should see the piece of junk I have, its like a hyundai vs an aston martin. my next vise will be a rotary of some sort, maybe one that can hold a hook in place:)
  3. Someone should buy it. Its only like $1300. I think they originally went for like $1k didn't they? I'm sure there's someone here who could act as a consignor. Look at it this way, it's probably one of a few select vises that will actually be worth more once you are tired of tying and want to sell it.

    Seeing as how a Renzetti Master is like $800 and will only depreciate, this seems like good value.

    I'm half tempted myself.
  4. What's wrong with my Thompson "A?":)
  5. My guess is that it'll sell for $2000+. There's still 8 days left.
  6. Dunno, I'd almost give my left one for this vise.
  7. Obviously, the more expensive the vise, the better you can tie flies.

    But what about the guys who don't even use a vise?
  8. That is the Cadillac of vises and will be the last vise you'll ever want to buy. To be honest I want one just can't afford it. Since Lawrence retired the vise, as BigE mentioned, will only appreciate in value. Since each vise was hand built by Lawrence, there will be no service after the sale, but he did build each vise to last a life time.

    Since I can't afford a LAW (Lawrence A. Waldron) I settled for a Snowbee-Waldron. A vise designed by Lawrence and manufactured under the Snowbee name. Excellent vise that has served me well over several years.
  9. REE,

    Not correct on service after sale. In fact I will state the after sales service Lawrence has provided, and continues to provide, is second to none.

    Hans W
  10. Allow me to chime in here on the original pricing of the LAW Bench vise. These vises were made/sold from 1989 to 2010. Ordering and delivery was only from the maker, Lawrence Waldron, and priced in UK Pounds (GBP). Price is USD was determined on the exchange rate of the day.

    Here are the original prices:

    1989-1995: GBP 300
    1995-2000: GBP 350
    2000-2010: GBP 400

    With the 20:20 clarity of hindsight... :cool:

    Hans W
    user of a LAW Bench vise since 1989 - now entering its 25th year of use and today it is as good now as it was on day one
  11. It doesn't appear to have a cam tighten and release feature for the jaws... that just won't do. For cry'n out loud!... Even the original Thompson A had a cam release.:D

    (I'd like to add a LAW to my collection of tying vises but the sucker is too far above my pay grade)
  12. Cams are for sissies.

    Star wheels are for, well, stars :rolleyes:

    Hans W

    PS - GBP 300 divided by 25 * 365 equals...... just over 3 pence (or USD 0.05) day....
  13. There's always the other extreme to the arcade system of screwing down the hook in the jaws -- The Regal vise with no screw lock or cam.

    I hated the screw system for the jaws of my Renz Traveler and exchanged the screw system for the cam system the second it became available. I believe in working smarter not harder :D
  14. Gene,

    The jaws design and operation Lawrence developed has to be felt/experienced to fully appreciate it. Let me try and just say it like this - small thumb movement, thumb only, across 60 or so degrees of the star wheel to clamp down securely on any size hook. Ultra swift, ultra smooth, and totally effortless. I call that working smarter, not harder :cool:

    Hans W
  15. Hans, I've never tried one nor probably ever will so I'll take your word for it. Like I said, I'd buy one if I could afford it but can't so I won't.
  16. Hans, Thanks for the correction. I was under the impression that once he retired, that was it for sales and service. Glad to see he will continue to service his products. Just out of curiosity, have you ever had work done to yours?
  17. REE,

    Since that first version from 1989 there have been some changes to the trimmings of the vise (arm assembly went from tommybar to friction, the brass knobs have received a more refined knurling, and the pedestal base has moved from steel to a bigger footprint aluminium, things like that) and those 'updates' have been applied, but the core of the design, the jaws assembly, is as it came to me almost 25 years back.

    Hans W
  18. Sounds like a neat tool for the tyer that so desires.
  19. I disagree but I digress.
  20. A beautiful piece of engineering but I think I'd rather spend that kind of money (if I had it) on a round trip ticket to Schiphol and go fish with Hans.


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