I have a preference for older 10" wide cast iron construction with wood handles. The quick release is nice but probably more useful for production use. I bought mine on eBay. Had to keep the shipping cost in consideration as they are heavy beasts.
Wilton and Columbian are the classics. The old Jorgensens, Craftsmans and Monkey Wards are nice too.
Buying them used you can find a real diamond in the rough. A little elbow grease can get you nice vise that can barely be matched by most of today's products.
Whittier, CA, USA
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