Over at Amazon, they have a deal of the day today that features a selection of Yost vises and clamps.
Yost has a good reputation, and while my experience with them has been limited to their clamp-on vise and a compact bench vise (both supplied to me as review samples), I was left with a positive impression of the brand.
While they do make some vises in the USA, it seems like all the ones on sale are imported versions. Still, it looks like there are some appealing and positively user reviewed vises included in the sale.
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Deal ends at 3am ET 2/14/2018 unless supplies sell out sooner.
I want a wilton.
I won’t give up my Starrett Athol – and used ones can be had at what might be good prices.
I have 2 1960’s era Wiltons and won’t be giving up those anytime soon. Maybe a imported Yost to beat stuff on might be in store. Thanks for the heads up.
I inherited all but 2 vise…vises? Some woodworkers, some workshop. All up about 12. All American made except one Aussie made Dawn. The only 2 I’ve bought was a Record about 30 years ago in Australia and a Record in Thailand 6 years ago for my workshop here. The Thai Record is a sad imitation of the older example. But with the choice being no-name Chinese rubbish and a slightly better/dearer Record, I chose the Record!
The history of the Record Brand and Trademark is similar to what happened to many other venerable tool manufacturers. C.J. Hampton of Sheffield England used the brand from the early 1900’s – producing “vices” (aka vises) and “cramps” (aka clamps) under that brand name. In the 1930’s the Record planes were introduced. In the mid 1930’s – Hampton bought out the rights to produce the Prseton range of planes. In 1972 – Hampton merged with Ridgeway – forming Record-Ridgeway.
Record-Ridgeway was sold to Bahco in 1981 – and was renamed Record-Marples in 1985. By 1998 it had been sold again and was part of American Tool Companies Inc. – which was (or became) a subsidiary of Newell-Rubbermaid (as in Irwin et. al.) At some point Newell-Rubbermaid started slapping the Record and Marples names on some Asian-made tools – including pipe wrenches. I’m not sure if rights to the brand were transferred to Stanley-Black&Decker when they acquired Irwin – and Marples branded items may still exist as independent woodworking tools made or sold by Thomas Flinn & Co. in the UK
Maybe Stuart might track this down when he does his next update of who owns what.