Ten minutes away from where I live, up the hill in the sleepy suburb of Kloof, maybe not so sleepy anymore, is the place where the J Vice is produced. Contrary to what one might expect, there is no factory, no production lines of workers or conveyor belts, but rather just a one-man operation in a double garage with precision machinery that, mills, cuts, drills, shapes and other things. The quality of the vice and its useful attachments and a few unique fly tying tools is unquestionable. Vice number 1000 has recently been completed and is currently being auctioned – See the post on Tom Sutcliffe’s Spirit of Flyfishing 3 November 2013 Newsletter
Most vices are in the hands of local fly tyers, but many have found homes around the world. Any fly tying gathering in South Africa and the number of J Vices in use is testament to the popularity and quality of a vice that is equal and in a lot of cases, better than its big brand counterparts around the world. Its not just the vice, but the attachments that assist the tyer with myriad tying techniques and even a camera clamp for perfect pictures of tying sequences or the finished fly. It comes with a couple of wonderfully designed base options with place to accommodate tools, hooks and other essential bits-n-pieces. And then it all packs away conveniently or for travel, in a laptop case……………………. Have a look at – ttp://www.jvice.com/
The J Vice being taken for a test drive on my fly tying bench.
Behind the vice is Jay Smit a craftsman – an unassuming, humble and helpful individual. A sharp, innovative engineer that is constantly working on ideas to modify and improve or to introduce something new to complement the J Vice. He is a dead keen fly fisher and tyer and it shows in his vices – he understands the game and what is needed. He is also a coffee aficionado and no visit is without a cup of coffee that knocks the socks off most of the better coffee shops around town.
Jay at his work bench assembling another vice for a future client.
Jay with Stephen Boshoff another craftsman and bamboo rod maker, discussing the proto type for a starter/travel vice.
Now for that cup of coffee!
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