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Bob Brothers
01-13-2003, 10:11 PM
When I was looking into building high-end folders and all the file work. (Liners and screws) How and with what do you hold these small parts and perform the tasks of embellishing them. A small vise that swivels in two axis for liners blades and back and a pin vice for screws. The vise worked ok but the pin vise was like trying to stand on a basketball with one foot and grind blades, a better pin vise and way to hold it was the plan. The KISS method took effect and a simple pin vise was built with a swivel mount.
A good friend and fellow knife maker, Wendell Barnes took one look at my pin vise and said gee that?s neat but you need a clamp to hold liners that will fit in the mount, so that you could file work the liners. Back to the KISS method (Hats off to Wendell) I built a liner clamp. After building the first folder with this vise system the tasks that were put your nose to the grindstone and get it done, became fast and fun.
I took the vises to several machine shops for bids and had a short run made that were sold at the Montana knife show. So far the response from those that have the vises have been good enough that I have had another batch made. The new batch is available now and can be purchased through my website: or you can email me at The cost per vise is $42.00. Includes 2 pin vises, liner clamp, and base mount.

Robert Brothers/Bobcat Custom Knives

01-13-2003, 10:24 PM
Bob, nice looking funtional tool at a very reasonable price. Thanks for shareing. This should also be posted in the tips and tricks thread. Love that R4c2. Simpy elegant.

Darren Ellis
01-25-2003, 03:14 PM
Hi All,

I just wanted to post some feedback on this vise. I just received mine in the mail today, and am very satisfied with it. This is a very well made vise. Bob did a great job in the design of this file working vise and the construction is excellent. Thanks for making a great tool! :)


Don Cowles
01-27-2003, 07:37 AM
I designed and am making a tool with a similar function, with a 5/8" shank designed to fit into the base of the standard Versa-Vise. This allows the whole thing to be rotated, tilted, and swiveled into any position. The gripping portion is an adaptation of a fly tyer's vise. I'll try to post a pic or two one of these days.

01-27-2003, 08:31 PM
I'll try to post a pic or two one of these days looking forward to it, don. sounds very versatile.