I Snapped My Saw Vice

I never thought it possible, but I snapped my Antique Disston saw vice from over tightening it. Cast iron is real crap. I don’t know if I was over tightening it to be honest but it snapped like a dry twig. I tell you what, I won’t be buying another antique saw vice and I caution you not too either. It hurts but as not as much as I thought it would. Yeah it was a good vice for small saws, but 24″ and above, no not so good. I’ll be making myself first a temp vice to finish off my sharpening then I’ll be on the hunt for some good ideas. All this hand work must’ve have given me super human strength. I can now break iron with my bare hands. I’ve seen many hand planes lately on FB that are cracked from being dropped. Drop a Lie Nielsen plane and nothing will happen to it. Oh maybe you’ll dent the corner or side but it will not break. This is why I say I’ll take a reproduction of a vintage or antique any day of the week. Yes they made quality tools once upon a time but the iron they used if dropped will break. It’s a shame a bit of history has broken but I will get it welded and put it aside for safe keeping.

5 thoughts on “I Snapped My Saw Vice

    1. Yes they certainly do, but they’re also very expensive and have stopped shipping overseas. The cost of shipping and the care free attitude of the handlers are making it an unviable option.

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      1. It’s too bad that you can’t get the Gramercy one–it’s really very good. I put up with these vintage “portable” versions for a long time before finally getting fed up. I didn’t break any, but they were just too flimsy, had small capacities, etc. I was thinking about building one from wood, but never had the time to spend on that. And I waffled for way too long about the price of the Gramercy vise, but that turned out to be irrational. I should have done it a long time ago. I guess you’ll probably have to make one out of wood (which is fine), unless you can find one of the full-size vises that one of the true production shops used.


      2. It is too bad because I’ve wanted the Gramercy vice for many years, but could never justify the cost, conversion and shipping. That would be the last vice I would ever own, but it is what it is and unless I win the lotto it’ll have to be out of wood. Just what design I’m going to choose to suit my bench and vice isn’t going to be an easy task. You’re right though about being flimsy. Mine vibrated all the time because I raised on some wooden brackets.. Oh well.


  1. My condolences (he says while bowing his head, removing his hat and placing right hand over heart). That’s a real bummer, but if it never worked well, then maybe it was time to move on anyway. You can see the simple vise that I use in this post:https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/1321553715454450871/4098271069255007711 . What you can’t see in the photos is that the lower portion is shaped very similarly to the top half, only there are hinges connecting front to back. I use a deep reach clamp to apply the pressure – the bench vise doesn’t put enough pressure where it’s needed. It’s not much to look at, and it’s only about 15″ long, so you have to move longer saws to file the whole toothline, but it works great. Best of luck with it, buddy.

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