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: Do fly vise jaws wear

10-18-2006, 01:40 PM
I have a ~8-10 yr old Renzetti saltwater traveller vise that's starting to spit hooks out no matter how I adjust the jaws. I'm wondering whather I just 'lost the touch' for clamping a hook, or whether my vie jaws have bent or worn in some way. Visually, I can't see any obvious damage, but am also not sure what the jaws were supposed to look like.
Has anyone else seen vise jaws degrade with time?

10-18-2006, 01:45 PM

I have the same model also 10+ years old.

I can't say I've noticed any deterioration yet and I have given it some abuse e.g. clamping on 8/0 Gami's:lildevl:

I'll have a closer look when I get home and try to post a pic.

10-18-2006, 01:46 PM
My Renzetti jaws have started to slip a little. As a result I have had to tighten the adjustment screw more and more and finally broke it last week.

The good news: replacement parts are avail from Renzetti.

The bad news: they are not cheap.

Did a little tying on the old, non rotary vise yesterday. Made me realize how much easier the true roatary is to work with.

10-18-2006, 02:46 PM
I replaced my jaws with clamps recently. Night and day - do you have the old thumb screw jaws?

10-19-2006, 07:39 AM
I have the thumb screw but when I bought the vice the shop threw in an oversized thumb-screw for free to help with big hooks

Still hangin' tough on a 6/0 Gami well as a size 26 dry fly ...

10-19-2006, 08:26 PM
Adrian, is that a rubber band where the "o" ring should be?

10-20-2006, 12:30 AM

Over the years, I've had the jaws of many vises wear out. The good news was some of them had replacements available like your Renzetti. Once your vise jaws start to slip, there is little you can do about it and the best thing I've found is to simply pony up and buy a new set, which are a lot cheaper than a new vise. Besides, the new, non-slipping jaws will cause a whole lot less frustration and make tying enjoyable again, like it should be.

Remember, there is no magic number of years any given person can get out of a set of vise jaws because everyone ties different numbers of flies/year, ties different sizes, and uses different tension to hold the hook.

10-20-2006, 07:34 AM
Adrian, is that a rubber band where the "o" ring should be?

Yup - temporary fix when the original O ring broke. Sorta became permanent:lildevl:

10-20-2006, 07:09 PM
Man! They want 80 bucks for replacement jaws? For a vise I paid ~$150 for??

10-24-2006, 11:53 PM

Keep in mind that the jaws are rather expensive to machine and they require at bit of hand finishing, which is time consuming and expensive labor. The jaws on the Renzetti traveler easily cost as much as the rest of the vise to make.

10-25-2006, 08:54 AM
Jaws of Death...:eek:

10-25-2006, 01:24 PM

Definitely the type of vise Tim "The Toolman" Taylor would tie on. Has enough clamping force to tie flies on 5' gaff hooks without the least bit of slippage!

10-26-2006, 08:00 AM
Actually, I was expecting to see at least a hydraulic ram from the secret underground research facility at Area61. :lildevl:

10-27-2006, 02:22 PM
In keeping with the "Binford 5000 Travel Vise" phylosophy...
Here is the Industrial Epoxy Travel Turner...