How does a metalworking vise work?

A metalworking vise (sometimes spelled vice) has two parallel jaws that clamp together to hold an object in place. How do metalworking vise jaws work? One jaw is stationary and attached to the main body of the vise. This provides additional stability. The other jaw moves, this dynamic jaw is moved towards or away from […] Read More

Anatomy of a Vise Tool.

A vise, sometimes called a vice, is made of a number of different components. This can lead to a number of questions such as: what are the different parts of a metal working vise? What are they called? What do they do? I will try and answer these questions and more in this article. The […] Read More

What is a metalworking vise?

A metalworking vise is a tool design to clamp metal objects and keep them still so that you may work on them. Metalworking vises are made with sturdier materials and harder materials that will not wear out as quickly when you use them to work metal. These vises are useful for a number of tasks […] Read More

What are vise jaw pads?

Vise jaw pads are soft pads placed over your vise jaws that protect softer materials from being damaged by your vise jaws while clamping. They also increase the longevity of your vise jaws by providing a layer of protection. Vise jaws on metal working vises are made of serrated hardened steel. This ridge-like hardened steel […] Read More

What Are Vises Made Of?

What are vises (sometimes spelled vices) made of? Vises are made from some combination of cast iron and steel. The main body is usually made from either cast ductile iron or gray iron. The vise jaws, handle, and lead screw are often made of steel. There are a million different models of vises out there, […] Read More

Portable vs. Permanent Vises

Vises (sometimes spelled vices) are available in portable versions, and permanent or fixed versions. Portable Vises Portable vises as the name suggests are movable. This is great for job sites where you can’t expect to bring a big heavy shop table with you everywhere you go. They are also great for shops where you are […] Read More