Originally Posted by angelo1987
Have you tried the HMH SX Vise? That is another Vise I was looking at. Look's like a nice solid standard Vise.
I haven't but it looks nearly identical to the standard vise, with the exception of the position of the head not being adjustable. That would pretty much kill it for me... depending on what I'm tying, I want to be able to adjust the angle of the vise jaws when tying a fly.
That said, HMH makes high quality vises and if you decide on this (and the fixed position isn't a problem for you) I'm sure you'll be happy with the quality and hook holding ability.
As I mentioned about "comfort" the thing I REALLY like about the Regal is the large flat area behind the jaws- it provides a resting spot for your "off hand" while tying and if you look at Regals in use, you'll find most of them have a well worn spot on this area, where almost ALL TYERS who use them rest their hands =)
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Originally Posted by brookfieldangler
I have the danvise and have tied a bunch of flies on it. The vise has help up well and I can't imagine it not lasting for another decade.
What seems to fail first in a Danvise are the Delrin rings in the head assembly, which are a pretty easy replacement, but none the less they do fail. Others have had problems with the clamping mechanism cracking, and sometimes, the problem is they start "wobbling" out of perfect round when using the rotary feature.
Most of these problems are isolated to a limited number of the vises, and many feel you can't go wrong for the price, but the position of the jaws relative to the head/body of the vise make it a real no-go for me.
The primary US distributor of the vise, Al Beatty is a personal friend and I've seen him tie on one of these and turn out some stellar flies, but Al could stick a hook in a piece of wood and have the same results =) I think tying on one of these for a newcomer would be awkward, as it's already difficult to learn about hand position when applying materials and if you can't easily get to the jaws without obstructions, you're going to face some frustrations.