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    Default Wapsi Mini Travel Tool Set

    Hello
    I was offered by friend to buy:

    Welcome to Wapsi Fly, Inc. - Mini Travel Tool Set

    Do you know it? Is worth of buying? I wonder especially if bobbin and scissors are OK.
    BR
    Tom

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    Default Re: Wapsi Mini Travel Tool Set

    That set normally retails for around $25 just so you know and compare it to the price you are being offered.

    The tools in the Wapsi set are imported but still should be of decent quality-- in terms of quality the most important are the bobbin and the scissors--

    The ceramic bobbin in the kit should be fine to start out with and as you tie you'll likely want to add additional bobbins for different colors of thread-- and at that point you may want to add a more expensive ($13-25) better quality ceramic bobbin and rotate this one to colors or sizes of thread you use less often. The scissors should also be fine to start but like the bobbin you may want to upgrade eventually to a pair from Anvil or Dr Slick ($13-20) Here again it's not a total loss, you can use the better quality scissors for fine work and rotate these scissors into rougher work like cutting hair etc that could dull the better quality scissors.

    For comparison, A Dr Slick tool kit with better quality tools runs about $55-60 and includes better quality scissors and bobbin, a small hair stacker (you'll need it for stacking hair on dry flies like Wulffs and Elk Hair Caddis) and a bobbin threader which comes in real handy for changing spools especially if you grew up in a house where there was only one phone for the whole family and that one was nailed to the kitchen wall. JS Fly Fishing: Rod Building, Fly Tying: Dr. Slick Fly Tying Tool Gift Set

    And this one JS Fly Fishing: Rod Building, Fly Tying: J. Stockard Economy Fly Tying Tool Set

    is a little bit less expensive at $18.45 and has the basic same tools that are probably about the same quality as the Wapsi set, but also adds a hair stacker and bobbin threader.

    If you wanted to add these tools to the Wapsi set
    a basic aluminum hair stacker (imported) runs about $7, (brass stackers are more expensive but build up less static
    and a imported bobbin threader runs about $2

    Let us know what you decide and feel free to ask questions as you get into tying.
    Mark

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    Default Re: Wapsi Mini Travel Tool Set

    Quote Originally Posted by peregrines View Post
    That set normally retails for around $25 just so you know and compare it to the price you are being offered.

    The tools in the Wapsi set are imported but still should be of decent quality-- in terms of quality the most important are the bobbin and the scissors--

    The ceramic bobbin in the kit should be fine to start out with and as you tie you'll likely want to add additional bobbins for different colors of thread-- and at that point you may want to add a more expensive ($13-25) better quality ceramic bobbin and rotate this one to colors or sizes of thread you use less often. The scissors should also be fine to start but like the bobbin you may want to upgrade eventually to a pair from Anvil or Dr Slick ($13-20) Here again it's not a total loss, you can use the better quality scissors for fine work and rotate these scissors into rougher work like cutting hair etc that could dull the better quality scissors.

    For comparison, A Dr Slick tool kit with better quality tools runs about $55-60 and includes better quality scissors and bobbin, a small hair stacker (you'll need it for stacking hair on dry flies like Wulffs and Elk Hair Caddis) and a bobbin threader which comes in real handy for changing spools especially if you grew up in a house where there was only one phone for the whole family and that one was nailed to the kitchen wall. JS Fly Fishing: Rod Building, Fly Tying: Dr. Slick Fly Tying Tool Gift Set

    And this one JS Fly Fishing: Rod Building, Fly Tying: J. Stockard Economy Fly Tying Tool Set

    is a little bit less expensive at $18.45 and has the basic same tools that are probably about the same quality as the Wapsi set, but also adds a hair stacker and bobbin threader.

    If you wanted to add these tools to the Wapsi set
    a basic aluminum hair stacker (imported) runs about $7, (brass stackers are more expensive but build up less static
    and a imported bobbin threader runs about $2

    Let us know what you decide and feel free to ask questions as you get into tying.
    Thanks a lot!
    What I need is just additional bobbin and scissors. Whole rest is not necessary for me. The price of set from my colleague is about $15 and thi is why I interested in this set.
    BR
    tom

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