bench vice is a medium sized vice - larger than a hobby vice, but
smaller than some industrial vices - which can be used to hold objects
or materials securely in place during work.
Most bench vices come as standard with solid metal jaws. These can
easily damage fragile materials. However there are rubber inserts
which are available. These prevent damage while still securely holding
objects in place.
In order to be effective a bench vice should be securely attached
to a sturdy (preferably immovable) work bench.