the Record 52 1/2 vice – a timeline

1877 Wilson Riley and and an unknown inventor working for Smith, Marks & Co applied to patent two different quick-release (QR) vices in 1877. Both inventors were living in Keightley, Yorkshire. Riley’s invention was purchased by Entwisle and Kenyon and marketed as the ‘Lightening Grip’ vice. The same design was produced by Massey under license … Read more the Record 52 1/2 vice – a timeline

the Record 52 1/2 vice

Record quick-release vices have long been a favourite amongst woodworkers around the world and for a while during the early 20th century Record were making a version that has arguably never been bettered in either design nor quality1)incidentally, the Record woodworker’s vices were available 3 jaw widths: 7”, 9” and 10 1/2″.    For reasons … Read more the Record 52 1/2 vice

Syer’s Standard Instantaneous Grip Vice

You may recall from an earlier post that Francis Young – writing in the early 1880s – recommended a couple of the first ever quick-release vices. We covered the first – the Entwisle & Kenyon  ‘lightening’ instantaneous grip – in the previous post, and the second is the ‘Standard’ instantaneous grip vice,  made by Smith, … Read more Syer’s Standard Instantaneous Grip Vice

Entwisle & Kenyon’s Instantaneous Grip Parallel Vice

The next two articles are about a couple of important quick-release vices that predate Parkinson’s design: Entwisle & Kenyon’s (Accrington) Instantaneous Grip Parallel Vice the Standard Instantaneous Grip invented by Smiths Marks & Co, Keighley and sold by Thomas Syers and co. Both vices are described by Francis Young in Everyman His Own Mechanic. which was originally … Read more Entwisle & Kenyon’s Instantaneous Grip Parallel Vice

Quick-release vices from the USA – Richards Wilcox

As part of this survey of the history of the quick-release woodworker’s vice, Richards Wilcox of Illinois deserves an honourable mention for their clever design.   Before Wilcox was purchased by Richards in 1910 they produced a continuous screw vice.  The newly formed company created an improved version that featured a simple and rather elegant … Read more Quick-release vices from the USA – Richards Wilcox