It may sound like something from an entirely different realm of human interaction, but in this Hand Tool Rescue video, Eric restores a rare 1913 vise for “obtaining intimate contact with, engaging, clamping bodies of any shape” [Patent here]. Eric calls it a “fractal vise.” Whatever you call it, it’s really a cool gadget and the restoration is fascinating to watch.
And if you look at this device, think it looks amazing, and pine over the fact that this tech never caught on, fear thee not. Via Maker Update comes news of a 3D printable version of the vise, created by Chris Borge, inspired by Eric’s video.
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