Anyone use any of these vises?

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  1. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

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    Another satisfied Norvise user. I have a Renzetti Traveler for my portable tying kit and I still like tying with it as well. If you get a Norvise, watch all the utube videos to get started right. My only problem is with the bobbins-I hate it when I let go of the thread and have to rethread it-Which happens less all the time! Rick
     
  2. troutdopemagic

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    I've been using a Renzetti Traveler for probably 8 years and I've never had any problems with it besides the jaws are beginning to get a little grooved from heavy use. It's all the vice i'll ever need and I'd reccomend it to anyone.
     
  3. Joel Haas

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    I own them both and much prefer the Nor Vise. Look at the Nor Vise website to watch Norm Norlander tie with the Nor Vise.
    I no longer fish or tie. My Nor Vise is looking for a good home (I'm not looking for a great profit) rather than ending up in my wife's Good Will container.
    Reply privately if interested.
     
  4. Greg Smith

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    I love my Norvise and have a regal. I don't know much about the others. If your not in a hurry, you can check out many different vices at the Ellensburg Fly Fishing Fair.

    http://washingtoncouncilfff.org/wfff


    Greg
     
  5. ansas

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    I've had several vises starting with a Thompson "A", and ending with a real live , made by the man himself - LAW which I sold after about a year. The LAW tightens with a wheel and the wheel seemed to be where my hand wanted to be fairly frequently otherwise it's wonderful. A lot like a Barracuda at ~4x the price.

    I now have a Barracuda, a non rotary Regal, and a Nor-Vise which has a set of midge jaws with it and a tube kit. The Regal is fast and doesn't get in the way. Many many
    flies were tied on it and the lack of a rotary feature wasn't ever a problem. You can open and close the jaws so fast and so smoothly it isn't any trouble to flip a fly upside down. You can't put the fly sideways. That doesn't come up much for me.

    The Barracuda is fast, trouble free and rotates for access to all over a fly. You can probably use it for rotary application of materials, but I've not. It is friendly and
    disappears while tying. I notice it again when removing a finished fly and reloading the jaws with a new hook. You'll like the vise and the cam lever for the jaws is out of
    the way.

    The Nor-Vise is fast and you can tie even teeny flies with the standard jaws. The midge jaws allow better hand position but may not be necessary unless you go really
    small a lot of the time. Coupled with the special bobbin, you can whip out some flies with the Nor-Vise. Soft hackles virtually fly off the thing thanks to rotary application of materials, and you can lock the head so that the fly stops top, bottom and both sides. For flies like the Carey Special and Snipe & Yellow, Carrot Nymph you need to
    prepare the feathers ahead of time because the flies go together so fast on a Nor-Vise.

    Choices: Only one vise = Barracuda. I prefer pedestal bases.
    Mostly medium to big and especially steelhead/salmon/saltwater flies = Regal also my budget choice 'cause that is when I bought it longer ago than I care to say. You
    can tie small on this vise, but the width of the jaws creates some issues when the hook gap gets small.
    Mostly soft hackles or soft hackle like, and medium sized bugs size 8 4XL to std #16 the Nor-vise will serve well and will do anything where the materials can be spun on
    faster than any of the other tools.

    The vise holds a hook tight where you want it so you can manipulate materials onto that hook. This bunch all do that ... no problem.
     
  6. rockthief

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    One vise is all anyone needs. I have four, a Renzetti, a DynaKing, a cheap post vise and a Nor. All do the job. After all their job is to hold a fish hook, not control space flight. That said, if you can get access to a Wasatch J vise (that's not a typo) try it before buying one. Taint cheap, but the ability to put your hand in the J lets you apply materials with greater ease and precision.
     
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    Renzetti traveler. its my on and only vise. besides my 20 dallor first vise. Nor-nise are great looking vise's but look like they are made for people tha tie thousands of flies! Saw Nor himself doing a demo with his vise at the sportsman show not to long ago and he can tie stuff a lot fast with his vise.
    I would say Renzetti
     
  9. Pete Langevin

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    I have owned both. Tied thousands of flies on the regal. I loved it but got
    a chance to try a norvise. I loved it. Just added the find point jaws, what a
    fantastic attachment. But try before you buy anything. You may find the perfect
    vise you may not have even thought of before. Fly tying clubs are a great place
    to try other vises.
     
  10. jaybo41

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    Peak here. Great value, the vise is worth every penny. Excellent value, been tying on it for 3-4 years now and still works excellent after a few thousand flies. Regal Traveler goes with me on multi day excursions in case I need to replenish the box.
     
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    I like them all, but the regal is the one I leave set up, because so many times I'll go from tying a big fly to a small one, and it's just that tiny little second of not having to adjust the jaws. Silly, but oh, well.
     
  12. weiliwen

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    I own a Nor-Vise and a Dan-Vise. Both are rotary, but the Nor-Vise advertises itself as a "Fly Lathe." It's an accurate statement, because while many of the excellent vises mentioned above are able to be turned, the Nor-Vise is really MEANT to be turned, even spun. I'm a mediocre fly tyer, and not too fast, but I do enjoy the Nor-Vise for it's ability to spin on. Keep in mind, when you wrap anything around a hook, you twist the material one time each turn. Not with a Nor-Vise - the material keeps the same orientation to the hook. That is sometimes an advantage. I have a tough time with small flies, and use the also very good (and cheap!) Dan-Vise for those, but 80% of my tying is on Norm's creation. Plus I just like Norm. I also concur that you should check out You-Tube videos of not only Norm Norlander and his Nor-Vise, but other tyers that use other vises - it's a good way to see how they are used in the hands of some experts.
     
  13. Guy Gregory

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    FT, and weiliwen, are right.

    I've done all these vises. The thompson or a clone, the regal or a clone (I bought a cabela's clone a few years ago) and the norvise. I'm now a norvise guy, but it is in fact a cult. It is a remarkably smooth and fast rotary. That is how it differs from other rotarys. I needed to relearn things I'd done for decades ((i've been tying 40 years) but with an open mind, it really does revolutionize how you tie. I really do tie better flies, faster, and waste less. No, I don't do it professionally, just for my own use and enjoyment. And if there's better customer service, I've not heard about it.

    In the end, I'm sure any alternative will add to your experience. I loved my regal, I had to work to love the norvise, but in the end, it was worth it for me.
     
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    i wore out the jaws on the danvice and bought a dynaking for $150 which was too much cause it does not hold a hook worth crap. i like the rotary but it is not as good as a norvise. mike w
     
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    I have a Thompson A (first vise - 30 years old) and a Regal Medallion. I had a nor Vise, but got rid of it because I keep going back to the Regal for hook holding power. It was fun to play with, but not the most user friendly vise. I liked the Nor Vise bobbins though.
    My next vise is a Dynaking Barracuda.....I think between a Dynaking Barracuda and the Regal, I will not need another vise..