from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hand-vise used by clock-makers for grasping small arbors and pins.
- n. A small vise used by professional and amateur fly-makers to hold a hook while attaching and constructing a fly upon it.
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Hooks may easily be made from rods of malleable steel by heating the end in a spirit lamp and shaping the curve as desired by means of a pin-vise and pliers.
The rod is held in a pin-vise to facilitate bending of the point, after heating in an alcohol or bunsen flame.] _Hooks_.