If you’re a woodcarver, chances are that your work isn’t flat and rectangular, so good luck holding it with a bench or woodworker’s vise. The pictured vise from The Japan Woodworker is made in Taiwan but patterned after an old European design.
Made from cast iron and steel, this vise has jaws that can be locked parallel or individually swiveled to hold irregular pieces. The vise mounts to your bench through a single 5/8″ hole with a large cast iron wing nut and can swivel 360°.
The jaws open up to 6″ wide and accept custom hardwood jaws to provide additional support for odd-shaped pieces. Three 7/8″ thick by 3″ wide by 4-3/4″ hardwood jaws are included for the $115 asking price.
Patternmaker’s Vise [Japan Woodworker]