Finally, one with soft jaws. Shame on the rest of you
I've got alloy plates as well, depends on what i'm going to hold.
Thanks to this thread I have a rusty, but sound Record No 4. Just needs a good clean up with a rag and some thinners and a repaint. Sadly, I haven't really got a decent shed and bench to bolt it to, but it's already proved its worth while making my bushcraft knife. £50 on fleabay, so must be about £1/lb, then...
nedrapier, - It's a Parkinsons Perfect vice.
From the top it should say
No 3 (or at least it looks like that size.)
They were made from about 1912 onwards, Sadly they wern't date stamped. (or so i'm aware)
Madfly, that's fantastic, thank you!
Now I know what it's supposed to say, the letters swim into place (mostly!)
Were/are they any good? guess you can't go too far wrong with a couple of big lumps of metal and a screw...
It would appear so if it's lasted that long! Not the most versitile out there nor the biggest but fine for what it does.
Maybe there was a shortage of men live enough to use it for a stretch of that time?
Proud owner of this
Needs a bit of TLC
Purchased for £20
I've got a couple of Records - one given by a neighbour and an 83 from my dad - given to me when he inherited his dad's. It is lacking a limit stop on the leadscrew, meaning that the quick release lever gets fired round by the spring if you open it too far - it has been giving me blood blister reminders of this "feature" since childhood
I've also got a unique "Brian No.1" as per the enclosed photo. Made by my father in law during his Army REME training. The gap under the jaws is the perfect size to gently hold / allow easy rotation of frame tubes during brazing.
Mick, it's probabbly missing a washer!
To prevent it over opening they placed a simple penny washer at the end of the lead screw on most of their models. This act to stop the back of the sliding jaw cast from passing the half nut supports. It'll probabbly be about 12mm id 30mm od.
Just got one of these for the shed
It's a bit overkill as the last one was a number 6 ,so it looks huge now it's bolted on the end of the bench.
Not too much wood work vice love on here yet, so thought I'd add mine. I recently bought an old Record 52 1/2, which was in a pretty sad state.
I was originally going to strip it all back and repaint it. But after removing most of the corrosion, thought it was best to leave what was left of the factory finish. I think I prefer it to show some scars from use over the decades.
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