A good vise should have a material clip included as part of its design.
If the Anvil Apex is the Hummvee of fly tying vises, the Atlas is the Deuce and a Half Truck.
What Steve "Lips" Kudlow lacks in vocal range, he more than makes up for in gonzo enthusiasm.
Does the vise hold the hook stable under both vertical and horizontal pressures?
Are there well written directions explaining calibration and set-up of the vise? Did the clamp provide a solid, immobile mounting system for the vice?
Did it remain tight through a long session of tying?
I talked with a guy that is selling a couple of anvils. Your seller is asking less than /lb, which is at the low end of the going rate for decent anvils.
He has a 125lb vulcan that he says is in good condition(no big nicks or blemishes). He also has a mousehole dated 1914 (95lb) that he claims is in fair to good condition. Before I drive 60 miles to look at them, are his prices in the ballpark? Hay-Budden last year for 0, condition very good. Definitely worth driving 60 miles to see their condition. The pricing is fair, but people can be clueless as to what good condition truly is.