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Jim created this step-by-step tutorial on how to create a hand-vise. Although he says it is great for holding bone & fishhooks, I am sure it would be great for plastics and electronics too. This is a really good addition to your toolbox, even if you are not a survivalist.

A small, easy-to-use handvice can be readily made out of a one-inch thick hardwood limb. Such a vice is very handy in stone and bone working. It can be wedged between two rocks or in a tree trunk to provide a very steady holder for small projects (arrowheads, fish hooks, etc.).

Make your own hand-vise – Link

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.



  1. Trillian says:

    I think what he made was a “vise”. “Vice” is illegal.

  2. Graham says:

    Vice is the way we spell it in England, just as correct.

  3. cameron says:

    You can buy ring clamps (what I know these as) from jewelry supply companies like Rio Grande and Otto Frei. They are about 5 bucks and a so so useful.

  4. hexagon5un says:

    My grandfather (a jeweler and jewelery designer) used one of those all the time to rework/burnish small bits. They’re quite handy. “Survival” indeed!