Littleblacksmith: If you had seen it, you maybe would not have bought this particular blower. Anyway, there should be a reasonably good supply of better condition hand-cranked blowers here because South Africa, with the exception of a few major industrialized cities, is a large and mainly rural country with a long history based on farming. I just need to get out there to see what is available! The vice, on the other hand, may be a rare find - I've never seen another quite like it in a store here although there are quite a few up for grabs in the 'English' style.
Following a recent retrenchment I decided to renew an earlier interest in blacksmithing and started planning a small garage forge set-up. A visit to a local salvage yard to investigate a hand-cranked blower was disappointing because the blower was beyond economic repair but by chance I found a 'German' style leg vice at a reasonable price which was in fair condition for restoration. This vice has the benefit of the extra-large side plates which provide additional support and stability to the front jaw and therefore was an immediate purchase. After surveying it I found that it is just missin