Thomas vise question

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Thomas vise question

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I just landed an early Thomas vise. It's the same type that the Darbee's used and also sold by Jimmy Deren at the Angler's Roost after that. I also have the new modern version of this called the Xuron vise. It has quite a storied past this vise does. The old one looks very elegant standing next to my other vises. The new ones just look like a tool, this Thomas has style and grace!

It's in beautiful condition, albeit a bit tarnished, but it doesn't look like it was used all that much.

Question is this: It has a small 3/16" hole drilled through the stem about two inches up from the base clamp. What would that have been for or was that done by a previous owner?
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Was that the $85.00 one that just went off?

On the few I have seen, there is no hole drilled in the stem. I suppose the previous guy could have had a thread clip there.

You have a nice piece there, someday I will add one of those to my stuff also ;) . CJ
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No, mine went for around $50 bucks. That one that went for $80 something was a much later model made by Xuron (the winner got taken on that one I think). The folks that were bidding on that probably thought the one I picked up was a Thompson and not a Thomas and probably didn't realize that the Thomas was that Xuron's grandfather.

Yeah, was afraid the hole was an after-thought. I "might" try to fill it with liquid metal or something.

I'm staring at it right now. Jeez it has an elegant line.
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Doc., I have two of them, an original and the second version that was made in the 70's and neither has the hole. I would love to find the material clip.

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drlogik wrote: I "might" try to fill it with liquid metal or something.
That J-B weld is decent for a small hole, and its gray so it is a closer match than syringe type 2-part epoxy. Really though, a little thing like that wont detract from the beauty of the vise. Great price too, you are a presistent one :D CJ
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doc,
is it a threaded hole?

got a photo?

yo

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Ted,

Nope. Just a smooth-bore hole. Looking at Harry Darbee's book "Catskill Flytier", my vise is identical to the one illustrated in his book on page 71. Mine is missing the thread clip though. The thread clip looks like it fastens right where this hole is though.

I cleaned it up a bit today and greased the threads on the jaw tensioner. It feels like a new vise!

Let me see if I can post a photo later today.

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Love to see a photo

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Here they are...the photos aren't the best...
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The hole...
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Re: Thomas vise question

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Doc,

I've also got a pair of them, just like yours with the Thomas logo. Each one has the hole. I have to assume it belongs there. WBM

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