Commissioned on the 4th of June 2007. In 99% of new condition. Used to tie half a dozen small flies, at most, by its one owner. This is the most complete example I have dealt with to date.
The following is an extract from the original order letter submitted to Lawrence Waldron by an existing LAW vice owner, who was assisting the owner of this vice with his purchase:
- The vice, complete with white vitreous enamel pedestal.
- The C clamp and L-shaped rod fitted with a screw base to receive the vice pedestal column instead of the vitreous enamel base (you will recall that I ordered this separately after I had seen Paul Proctor’s model).
- The white background, including mirror and arm which connects it to the vice pedestal column.
- The materials clip, which I also purchased some time after the vice.
- The bobbin arm, which normally sits behind the pedestal column, but swings out almost through 180 degrees to be in line with the vice jaws, including the arm which carries this.
- You may recall I also enquired about a bag to hold all of these items, which you said you could supply, within the price.
There we have it; the full inventory of this vice as originally specified and illustrated in the accompanying pictures.
There are no marks on any part of this vice caused by use, because it has had virtually none. The C-clamp body is silver anodised and there are some faint marks on this and also some hard to detect impressions (not scratches) on the top of the pedestal base in one small area. These are the result of the large parts of the vice being stored in the main body of the LAW bag, where they have come into contact with each other. They are of no consequence aesthetically, unless one is going to spend time gazing at the vice through a magnifying glass, and the mechanical components are flawless.
The jaws are made from CR12 tool steel hardened to Rockwell RC58. They will accommodate hooks from size 30 to 10/0. They are opened and closed with ease and precision via a brass star wheel.
The vice is adjustable in every direction and rotates within a Delrin body.
The ample, stable G-clamp will secure the vice to tables and desks with even the shallowest of lips.
The stainless steel stem has a screw in extension and an L-shaped stem too, as favoured by well known angler, fly tyer and writer Paul Proctor.
It has an adjustable LAW sight screen/mirror so that you can clearly view your fly’s profile and see what its other side looks like without having to rotate the vice. Ingenious, elegant, effective.
It has an adjustable articulated LAW bobbin cradle
It has an Allen key that adjusts all of the vice’s Allen screws.
It has a material clip.
The vice comes with its original LAW carry case.
This is widely acknowledged to be the best fly tying vice ever made and as production ceased some years ago, this represents a rare opportunity to obtain a LAW vice in exceptional condition.