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    Default Sam's hobo nickel vise

    Ron showed us his excellent hobo nickel vise so I thought I'd share mine which was made by Jack Graves. Jack's a tool & die maker and when I saw this vise I was blown away. Tightening the allen screw on the bottom draws the precision collet in and tightens it securely around the nickel. The collet has a slot and a guide pin in the side of the holder prevents the collet from spinning as it's tightened. It's massive, heavy, and made with toolroom precision.

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    sam : does this gent sell these to other folks?if so, i'd like to contact him.

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    I don't think so, monk. He's retired from the tool & die shop where he made them.

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    That looks like a collet for a machine lathe mounted in a cylinder of metal. A machineist could make you one. Just show him a picture and he will know what to do.

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    The features I especially like are that the coin rests above the edges of the collet and the fixture's shoulders are tapered downward. This makes for unobstructed engraving, finishing, stoning, etc.

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    Looks like a set of 5C collet block chucks would work great you get 2 blocks one 4 sides and one 6 sides from most tool supply or ebay for about $40.00 and a 5C 3/4" collet for about $5.00 if you have a lathe or a friend that has one turn the 3/4" collet top edge to fit the coin.

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    I don't know for sure if I'm allowed to say this ... but, you can buy a really nice nickle holder for $39.00 on the "other forum". They are readily available and the price isn't out of line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DakotaDocMartin View Post
    I don't know for sure if I'm allowed to say this ... but, you can buy a really nice nickle holder for $39.00 on the "other forum". They are readily available and the price isn't out of line.


    There are no prohibitions of mentioning Lindsay or any other tool brands here, and I have no idea why people think they have to tip-toe or be so cautious. I can only assume it's because of the absurd tool wars of the past or the fact that the Benevolent Dictator is a GRS tool freak who's been proudly teaching at their training center for 13 years.

    Oh, and that looks like an excellent nickel holder.

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    What tool war would you be referring to. I've not seen any dead bodies in Reno. Some of us do engrave guns. I would term it more an interesting conversation.
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