where can I find a finger vice

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  1. ceviche

    ceviche Active Member

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    If you happen to be passing through the University District, you might consider dropping in at Hardwick's. It's a hardware store located near the intersection of NE 42nd Street and Roosevelt Way. Though I would be surprised if you found your finger vise, you might be able to find the parts and materials to construct your own.

    Anyone who has ever been into Hardwick's knows that they are the hardware store of last resorts, as they tend to have the one thing you can't seem to find anywhere else. They're chock-a-block with some of the most amazing tools you'll ever see in one place. You'll probably need at least an hour to absorb even a quarter of what they carry there. Talk about sensory overload! Still, it's my favorite hardware store to wander around in a daze.

    Good luck!
     
  2. hikepat

    hikepat Patrick

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    Here is the finger vise I am looking for. Turns out its from page 60 of Fly Tying Materials Their Procurement Use and Protection by Eric Leiser and not AK Best. Its the main item shown with the #3 below it. The book was from 1973 so it was around back then.
    As to just using my fingers I have tied about 2 doz or so flies in the last year alone with just my fingers. Mostly larger flies for the salt or a few weeks ago some Sockeye flies for the Russian but I find my finger cramp after a couple flies and I liked the look of this option I had come across a few years back in this book but even though I have looked for I have not yet found a place to get this vise and am looking to see if others have. I have also used a pair of vice grips but found them to be to bulky for my needs.
     

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    ceviche Active Member

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    Hey Pat,

    You know, I did see that vise somewhere online. Where, I can't recall, but I know I saw it once not too long ago. Don't give up hope yet!

    --Dave
     
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    Hey Pat,
    That looks almost exactly like the one that I have. If I can find it tonight, I'll give it to you.

    Steve S
     
  5. Nick Riggs

    Nick Riggs I've been known to fish from time to time...

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    Northern Sales had one the last time I was there.
     
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    This thread has got me thinking about hand held vises again. For a couple of years I've been going to explore this idea just for the convienece of being able to tie without dragging along and setting up a vise. I have this idea that someday my travelling kit could actually be small enough to travel with. Anyway - I posted a WTB add for a Renzetti traveller jaw. Assuming I can find a jaw i just need the time to make the handle and learn to tie with it.
     
  7. wantwetwitch

    wantwetwitch New Member

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    I made a vise from a security camera stem and a corkscrew vise head from RG France, plus an arm welded together from a rubbish finger vise - it had no grip.

    http://www.myfishingpictures.com/showphoto.php?photo=116907&size=big&password=&sort=7&thecat=500

    The pic shows the stem on the left, with a threaded bar for use in the G clamp.
    Remove the threaded bar to use the base (magnetic door clamp) as a pedestal base seen on the right of pic. Thread on this one is 8mm. (metric)

    Remove the head from the arm and attach it to a piece of heavy duty wire like Mike Connor's design and you have a hand vise.
    You can put a curl in the wire to fit over your little finger, if you wish. It helps.

    As a static vise, the wiggly arm is tensioned by a spring in the upper part of the stem, working on a cup, below a balljoint at the back of the arm.
    By screwing the stem to get the tension right in the balljoint this vise head is - static; angled or rotary/swivelling. Lubricate the balljoint regularly. It's accessible through the top, of course. Makes life easy.

    When mounted on the pedestal base, the base can be clamped to a table or bench with the clamp; otherwise it is free-standing.

    The whole thing breaks down to fit in a jacket pocket.
    Weight inc. base - about four pounds - without - less than one.

    RG France - http://www.rgfrance.net
    Go to ETAUX (tools) and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the corkscrew vise
    link to a pic of it..http://www.rgfrance.net/rg-etaux-tirebouchon.jpg

    The monopod stem in the middle of the first pic can be used on the threaded bar, in the G clamp for taking pics of flies etc., where you haven't got a tripod handy.

    Cost - 25 Euro for the corkscrew; the rest is cobbled.

    Roy
     
  8. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Nice setup, I have my walking stick (dreaded fuckin crutch) at my beckin and bay > This gives some new ideas,

    Thanks,

    Daryle
     
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    Thanks, Daryle,
    I forgot this...
    [​IMG]

    cheers,
    Roy
     
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    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    The photo isn't very detailed, looks like a photo monopod, what the hay
     
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    yup, a monopod it is;
    take a look in this pic,
    http://www.myfishingpictures.com/showphoto.php?photo=116907&password=&sort=7&thecat=500
    you will see that the monopod is interchangeable with the vise stand etc..
    thus the walking stick becomes a vise base when the threaded rod is inserted in the eye of the dragon walking stick, can be used as camera stand or vise on the move.
    Depends which bits you use.

    Makes sense?
    Roy
     
  12. Steve Skiles

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    If you are ever up near the intersection of I 5 and the turnoff to Anacortes. The little tackle shop behind Holiday Market has these vises on a peghook in the flytying section. I bought one years ago and was just there last weekend and they still had a supply of them.
    Happy tying
     
  13. fishintom

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    god, i remember when my grandfather made me start tying with only my fingers to "gain an appreciation for the vise".......that was a character building experience to say the least....I think I would have rather stacked a few cords of wood....

    interesting device though, you obviously have alot more patience than myself.