a steel-and-cast-iron bench vise
Photo: Nigel Cox
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Vise

The vise—not to be confused with "vice," a moral or physical flaw—derives from the Old French word vis, or screw, the component that allows vise jaws to exert their iron grip. This steel-and-cast-iron bench vise, with its little anvil and 360-degree swiveling base, is for working metal and pipe; those serrated jaws would indelibly scar wood.
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