Vintage metal rings are great if you need to replace a missing or cracked ring on an old guide, or you want to try your hand at making new guide, without having to cut a ring. As much as we love sharing ‘how-to’ information, please understand that making guides from scratch requires a host of specialty tools, and a fair bit of know-how. It would require a week-long jewelry class, or a considerable book, not a blurb, to guide you through the steps of making a guide or tiptop frame. Until we write that book and produce a companion DVD on the subject, you’re on your own. Replacing a pre-bezelled ring in an existing guide frame is just a matter of de-soldering the old ring and re-soldering the new ring; that’s a minor challenge nearly any good craftsman can master with bit of experimentation. Good luck!
These Pre-WWII, German-made rings are turned & polished from what appears to be carbide tubing. They’re very finely formed and immensely resistant to damage. The product image is a hair bright and silvery compared to the real rings in daylight; they are a shade darker, grayer, but nicely polished. Each ring has an O.D. of about 14mm and an I.D. of about 9.5mm, with a width of about 3mm. You’ll get used to this notation on the vintage parts pages. We use the term “about” because we’re measuring one sample out of a bin of comparable parts. They’re all close enough to be in the same bin, but in some cases they were produced over a period of years and they are not identical.
Product number VMR-14-C. This stands for Vintage Metal Ring – 14mm OD – Carbide (we think). Sort of makes sense, and it helps us to begin wrapping our heads around all these parts.
Sold in Packs of Three. Good Supply.
Be sure to read our rambling post on the Vintage Guide Collection!