At The Fly Shop
On a recent road trip with the wife I pulled off the freeway to fill up the car. I noticed a fly shop, so I told the wife I needed to take a driving break and stretch my legs.
Entering the shop I couldn't help but look over all of the vises on display. This fly shop has a great selection of vises. Several models of Dyna-King (I was gifted a used Dyna-King when a friend upgraded to more complicated model) at least four different Renzettis, and few other vises I never heard of. I think they were Peak, Apex, and Griffins? Doesn't matter, I can't remeber the names of the vises, but they had a great selection to say the least. Some of these vises looked like they were designed by Rube Goldberg. There were all kinds of attachments and gizmos. In any event, among these fine vises sat an HMH Standard and a Spartan.
Sitting right next to these other fine tools, the clean lines of the HMH, the seeming simplicity, the unmistakable quality, the sheer beauty, just took my breath away.
I did not think I needed another vise; but after seeing the HMH next to the "other guys" I haven't wanted anything as much as I now want an HMH in a long time.
So I guess I need a new vise after all.