I don't think he ever mention the brand name of vice and I don't remember ever seeing a name.
He did have it machined quite a bit to do what he wanted it to. I think he had the dove tale
added on for centering under the scope. I think Sam would know for sure about most
how it was built.
I never get tired of talking, joking, arguing, discussing, a subject that holds our attention most of the day. Engraving.
Lynton used a gunsmith vise from the Mittermeyer (sp?) company. It's a vise with about 4" jaws and mounted on a sturdy ball joint. He added two dovetailed slides so his work would stay centered under the microscope. The ball joint, vise, and slide were attached to a stainless steel shaft which turned on a single bearing mounted in the floor. It's a very sturdy arrangement for stand-up hammer & chisel engraving. Before he died he gave me a set of plans for making a vise mounted on a turntable. I believe he was experiementing with this and offered to build me one, but he passed away. I still have the plans though.
When I was at New Orleans Arms Co. I built a McKenzie style vise for my studio at home. I got the gunsmith vise from Stanley Diefenthal (the owner). Stanley got the vise from Lynton, and years later I was to find out that Winston had given the vise to McKenzie. I've only seen one other one, and it was being used by a knifemaker in Arkansas. My vise is in storage at this time as I no longer stand and engrave with hammer & chisel. I find ball vises fast and efficient.
in the land of Scrolls, somewhere between Lindsay, GRS and Ngraver
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why I ask? It just confuses people.
it's not a good solution, and its certianly not a cheap solution. a ball vise can be made out of bowling ball if you are looking for cheap and (relatively) effective.
I know this is an old post but I was wandering if you still had the drawings for the Lynton McKenzie vise setup. I have an application for the use of this type vise in my shop. Also do you know where I could purchase the vise that Lynton used?