jeweler's vise

Jeweler's vise.

A vise is a tool used for gripping and holding. Vises secure an object while it is worked on. Vises can be portable or fixed. Without qualification, "vise" usually refers to a bench vise. Other types of vise include:


  • Hand vise (hand-held)
  • Machine vise. An example is a drill vise, which lies flat on a drill press bed.
  • Compound slide vise, which allows speed and precision in the placement of work.
  • Off-center vise
  • Angle vise
  • Diemaker's vise
  • Pin vise, for holding thin, long cylindrical objects by one end
  • Knife vise, for use by knifemakers
  • Jeweler's vise