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(925) Review: Craig’s Portable Vise


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My vises are made by Panavise, a U.S. Company.  The one with the wide jaws is the model 350.  The smaller one is the model 301. Both have the 312 Base mount – www.panavise.com



  1. Well I have a question more than a comment. How do you use it when the lock is hanging in a hasp or on a chain. All the locks I’ve encountered is where the owner lost the key, and can’t open a gate or door to the shed or whatever. It’s a lot of fun trying to hold the lock, the tension wrench, and the pick at the same time. Any ideas on how to help me with those kinds of locks.

  2. I bought a Proxxon vise today. Tried picking a lock in it. Makes a great difference! Locks I have spent 30 minutes picking, got picked in a couple of minutes. This was an eye opener to me. A vise makes a big difference for picking. So I suggest you take one (or more) videos about vises – perhaps reviewing some. It is a very important aspect of lock picking.

  3. Could you explain to me what good it does to put security pins in as key pins? If a key pins is not driven above the shear line, how can they do any good as security pins? I am probably way off here, but I had to ask.

    The right key has no problems with even the funkiest pin stack setups.

  4. I like that vice Bill. I can imagine that with a few mods it is going to be a lock picker’s dream.

  5. I love the variety of intros and outros. I am subscribed to a couple of youtube channels, and yours is the ONLY one that changes the intros as often as most people change their socks. Thanks for sparking my interest in a new hobby…cus heaven knows I have SOOO much time to spend on yet another hobby….

  6. Thank you so much for everything Sir! You’re so good at this that it does make me think that you were born to do it!:) bosnianbill you are the best!!!

  7. It’s so crazy I just made a lock vice three days ago out of wood. But I used thicker wood so you could have a permanent place for KIK locks on the side. And a place for the mortise locks on the face side of it . But it’s a great idea especially for the mortise and K I K locks that are odd shapes to hold in a regular vice .

  8. Well crafted! But to lock-sportlers it seems redundant: Any vise with a universal clamp beats this fixed design, and is easier to get from hardware stores. Besides, what if you need to fix a lock size larger than that hole?

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