Beginner asking for vice input

maxfromsweden

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Good day,

I'm a hobbyist woodworker and would like to try out engraving. Do you think my woodworking vice is enough to learn on as a beginner?

I've looked at engraver balls and even got an offer from facebook: A woman would like to sell me the vice attached below for 200 usd. Do you think it's a fair price?

I've ordered two graver blanks, have my sketchpad ready ( bakground in fine arts ) and already have the other things: chaser, diamond stones and alot of plate to work on.

I can't join a course now, due to covid. But i understand that would cut down on the learning curve. If you have any other advice, please let me know.

Sincerely, Max from Sweden
 

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monk

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if the vise is grs it is a bargain. if a foreign-made knockoff, no bargain there. try sending better fotos. esp if ther's logos or info stamped into the metal. for me, a wood workers vise would be useless. however, one goes to war with what one has, not what one wants. do a bit of search here. it may surprize you the info that's available.
 

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Re: courses--check out Sam Alfano's engraving videos. I think that all are available on DVD and most are available for download from MasterEngraving.com.
 

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Looks like it could be an antique vise. If the ball is split in two at the join the makers mark is often stamped on the inside face.
 
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