"Sometimes, you just need to go downstairs and waggle a rod..." - Scott Hanson

"Write what you know. If you don't know, make it up..." - Scott Hanson

"A dude can't live on just two fly rods alone..." - Scott Hanson

Man, I have some deep thoughts...

Friday, May 13, 2016

New Toy

I got a new toy yesterday. It's an old A.K. Best vise from the 1990s or early 2000s. I remember having these for sale in the fly shop I used to to work at, but they didn't sell well for A.K., so then the McKenzie Company acquired the rights, and they didn't sell well for them, either. I always thought they were a cool looking vise, but I never got one back then because A. I already had a great Regal vise that I loved; and B. I didn't have an extra $300 laying around to spend on a vise. Well, let's just say that I spent way less than $300 on this one. I got it mostly for my students to use in my community ed fly tying classes that I teach, but I will probably use it some of the time, too. You know, because it's cool.

This is what came in the box.

It's the real deal!
Look, A.K. even signed the manual!
This tool has some nice tooling.
"Put our logo everywhere" is a good company motto.
And it doesn't just look good, it can hold hooks too!


  1. Is this the one that was on Craigslist for 15 bucks?

    1. Yuppers. It was a good deal.

    2. I had just emailed them a few hours ago to see if it was still for sale. I should have jumped on it when I saw it a few days ago but I didn't know what it was. I would have complimented my Dyna King and Regal Superbly. At least it ended up in good hands. I can't imagine what would have happened if it ended up in the control of evil forces.

    3. Well, I am glad you hold me in such high regard! I will try to live up to not being a force of evil, at least as far as this vise in concerned...mooohahaha

  2. I was part of the team that put it up there. There's a lot of good mojo in that vice. The previous owner was a great client and a even better friend.

    1. Hopefully that mojo will translate into some epic trout-teasing flies!