A bench vise performs a myriad of tasks, predominantly based upon it's ability to clamp items between the jaws. Most workshops - both homeowner and professional ones, tend to have at least one general purpose workbench vise available.
They are - in a way - almost like an extra pair of hands, and much like a pair of bolt cutters - they're an incredibly useful type of tool to have around. A vice will happily hold onto piece of stock, allowing you to work on it with confidence or set it together if it's a repair.
There's a variety available - soame are better for woodworking and crafting, other better suited to industrial standard tasks and environments. The five best selling work bench vise models are featured below.