That's a nice one, top class !
Very few things are as rewarding as filing all the teeth of a saw and recutting themFor those wanting to know how to use a saw sharpen as saw in their saw sharpening vice I heartily recommend Paul Sellers. Real craftsman who knows his stuff.
hope I'm not boring you, cast iron bench vice enthusiasts (me too) but to continue with the theme of chops -- I took photos of my 'woodies' :-
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that's the Tiranti Scopas from about 1970 -- oak, jaws 3in wide
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this is an unknown maker (to me) -- quick release just by pulling/pushing then full force with hand turning (no tommy bar) -- I'm not so keen on the high chrome, but I think it needs that smooth surface to slide - 4in jaws - looks like it would tilt with that screw at front but no -- maybe there was an alternate base? -- I guess also aimed at carvers - Euro-continental? --- don't know the QR mech, all inside the wood rear static jaw
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this is my favourite -- a relatively short leg vice, very well made of oak with hefty screw and steel jaw faces (!) - with a slot so maybe there were slot-in wood faces? looks commercially made - I have seen another almost identical and with remains of a label, but unreadable - bought in W Yorks - seller didn't know history except belonged to his grandad - a large bolt and a small one seem to have been the method of attaching it to the corner of the bench
I'd welcome any further info on these last two
There you go -- last wooden contribution from me (and I really couldn't buy another although each of these cost less than £20 - that's why I couldn't pass them by)
and thanks Arfur for the classical input -- love to be informed - good ol' Scopas - diggin' in my memory banks -- was Perseus another Greek sculptor -- think I'll name one of the others a Perseus Chop, or is that pretentious (yes it is danny)
Check the fixed jay base for government arroe stamps on it.Hello all, I picked this up today.
Looks like it's been painted green in its life but the paint appears old & the normal Parky colour seems to be underneath but perfectly intact. A lot more green paint has come off on one side of the slide (but there are traces it was fully covered).
Would Parkinson have maybe done it like this for an order for a customer who wanted it green & just painted over the normal red ? Seems odd that an owner would re-paint a vice when the red paint is good??
There's also some letters on it, there's a C on the top of the slide & an L on the top of the "foot" at the back. Any ideas ?
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Hello thanks for replying, that's really interesting, I didn't know Parky supplied to the Govt/Forces, i'll have a look.Check the fixed jay base for government arroe stamps on it.
Hello thanks for replying, that's really interesting, I didn't know Parky supplied to the Govt/Forces, i'll have a look.
Don't suppose you've any idea where they might be/ what size have you ? Or could they just be anywhere ?
This forum is sooo cool
Thanks very much for the info'.On the base, near the mounting holes.
They will be stamping about 1/4" high.
It may be:
WD and a year.
RN and a date.
Army and a regiment number.
RAF and a number/date.
Or are Civil defence.
From about 1034 to 39, as war preparation started the government took up stock and stores from any were.
Under Corsham there is a set of moving staires from a London Underground station.
My Parkinson was stamped GPO, then stamped WD.
I like the original old finish on the wood ,but to me ruined by the shiny vice grips ,although very useable , and the super clean handle, should have been left in its original rust brown patina to show its age and the use many craftsmen had used/given it , but thats just personal taste , nice to see kit like this being made reuseable rather than binned , which is the point . loverly tool.
yupI like the original old finish on the wood ,but to me ruined by the shiny vice grips ,although very useable , and the super clean handle, should have been left in its original rust brown patina to show its age and the use many craftsmen had used/given it , but thats just personal taste , nice to see kit like this being made reuseable rather than binned , which is the point . loverly tool.
No, not all."a few engineering methods"= hit with a hammer.
Cheers Danny, yes I can't see there being many about, incredible to think it's that old, if only it could talk ! It really is a quality feeling old thing, it somehow "feels" like a Parky (if that doesn't sound too daft). Like you I do wish an old catalogue or something would turn up on these older models.glad to see this in good hands - I have the No 00 version of this vice and swivel stand as shown on this thread last summer, - scarce, I'd think.
mine also had been fairly heavily used, and seemed to have flecks of green so repainted that colour
I agree most likely a Parkinson, but unfortunately, until they patented their quick release, they didn't cast in their name. I'm not sure if they used the name 'Handy' for these early versions (3 main castings, not 2, as after about 1900), but although both types overlapped, I'd call this 'Handy' version 1.
It's knowing where, when and how to hit something withe the correct hammer that separates the tradesman from the amateur.No, not all.
Using the correct application of a heat and force applied. With a non ferrous item, fitted to a cellulous based handle. The incorrect positioned item can be persuaded into the correct orientation.
At no point di I "hit it with@ammer."