the ‘Twentieth Century’ vice

Following the last few posts on the history of the quick release vice that covered the major developments in the UK over the past 100 years or so, here are a couple of honourable  mentions. the ‘Twentieth Century’ vice a memorable face design: The main aspects of this unusual vice’s history were uncovered by a … Read more

the Record 52 1/2 vice

see also: The Record trademark has long been associated with the woodworker’s quick release vice of choice and for a while in the earlier part of the the 20th century they created a model that has arguably never been bettered in either design nor quality1)incidentally, the Record woodworker’s vices were available 3 jaw widths: 7”, … Read more

Smith & Marks Standard Instantaneous Grip Vice

You may recall from an earlier post that Francis Young – writing in the early 1880s – recommended a couple of the first ever quick-release vices. We covered the first – the Entwisle & Kenyon  ‘lightening’ instantaneous grip – in the previous post, and the second is the ‘Standard’ instantaneous grip vice,  made by Smith, … Read more

Entwisle & Kenyon’s Instantaneous Grip Parallel Vice

The next two articles are about a couple of important quick-release vices that predate Parkinson’s design: Entwisle & Kenyon’s (Accrington) Instantaneous Grip Parallel Vice the Standard Instantaneous Grip invented by Smiths Marks & Co, Keighley and sold by Thomas Syers and co. Both vices are described by Francis Young in Everyman His Own Mechanic. which was originally … Read more

The W C Toles Vise

… it turns out that Steel Nut & J. Hampton ltd (aka Woden) filed a patent in 1906 that aimed to resolve potential issues with the cast sliders first used by Parkinson (they suggested adding rollers to reduce wear and friction). I doubt it ever got made, though, since US manufactures had already come up … Read more

Veritas face vice

Test fit of vice. I ordered a Veritas face vice, but did not have any suitable timber to make the jaws (I was recommended maple – no doubt any hardwood would do). Partly out of impatience, and partly because I thought a trial run would be useful, I decided to temporarily fit it using some … Read more