Monday, April 11, 2011

Classic jeweller's hand vise for holding small work

Old-time jeweller's hand vise for holding small work

Our good friend Charles Mak wrote in to suggest that the hand vise shown here might be a useful addition to the automaton-maker's toolbox. Funny, I was looking through the Lee Valley Tool catalog just two days ago and thought the same thing!

Based on the design of a tool more common in the 1900s, this little hand vise is helpful for holding all manner of small objects. Because there is a hole in the handle, wire can be threaded through and then worked above the jaws -- a nice feature. The handle can also be clamped into a larger vise allowing you to hold smaller items than normally possible.

While Amazon offers a variety of small hand vises, none look as appropriate or as cost-effective as the Jeweller's Hand Vise at Lee Valley Tools.

[ Thanks Charles! ]

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Anonymous Andy from Workshopshed said...

That's a really lovely tool design, simple mechanism and simple to use.

April 11, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

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