For sale here is an API (Angling Products Incorporated) "Spartan" fly tying vise. Made in the early 1980's in the USA. The vise is an exact 2/3 replica of the HMH Standard Vise. It was also known as the "mini-vise" because of this. API purchased HMH in 1980 and began make vises under their name. The vise is in excellent used condition and in flawless mechanical shape with only minor cosmetic signs of honest use. The vise is quite handsome in a reserved way and classically styled with brass appointments.
The vise has a 5/16" standrod, a bit smaller than is typical. The vise is equipped with the "universal" jaw from API capable of holding a wide range of hooks from fully dressed salmon flies down to tiny midge patterns. One can also purchase and use the "restricted" jaws if desired, they resemble modern midge jaws. The base is made of cast-iron and hefty enough to work be able to spin deer hair with ease. The head of the vise pivots as well as rotates to let the tier hold the fly at the angle of his/her choosing.
Note: Sylvester Nemes, famed fly tier and author of "The Soft Hackled Fly", and "Spinners" did most of his tying on an API Spartan vise.