Thumb Forceps

Tweezer, forceps, needle pullers – here's some information on selecting the proper forceps for your application.


Carbon Fiber Tipped Forceps
Dressing Forceps - General purpose
Dumont Tweezer - High Quality, Swiss made
Filter and Gel Handling
Intraocular Forceps
Miscellaneous Forceps - Specialized applications
Regine Tweezers - Fine Swiss made
Round Hollow Handle - Lighter weight/easier handling
Student Fine Tweezers
Swiss Tweezers
Tungsten Carbide Forceps - Lasts longer than stainless steel
Tissue Forceps - Designed for handling tissue
Titanium Forceps - Anti-magnetic, corrosion-resistant
Vessel Cannulation - Insert catheters into vessels

Choosing Surgical Forceps

501244 Thumb ForcepsSurgical forceps may be broadly divided into two categories, thumb forceps (frequently called tweezers or pinning forceps) and ring forceps (also called hemostats, hemostatic forceps and locking forceps).

Thumb forceps are spring forceps used by compression between your thumb and forefinger and are used for grasping, holding or manipulating body tissue. They are non-ratchet style. For example, you could use thumb forceps to hold or move tissue during surgery or to move dressings.

Hemostatic forceps are hinged forceps that look more like scissors. Hinged forceps may come with or without a "lock" for clamping.

Thumb forceps are available with a variety of tips. The tips may be flat, serrated, cupped, ringed, grooved, diamond dusted or have teeth. The tips may also be straight, curved or angled. See the images below. Serrated tweezers (thumb forceps) are designed for use with tissues. The serrations or teeth actually cause less damage than flat forceps, because it requires less pressure to maintain a firm grip. Use smooth or cross-hatched forceps for removing sutures, moving dressing or other drapes.

Commonly used thumb forceps include Adson forceps, Iris forceps and Foester forceps.


Locking forceps may be called clamps and are used to securely hold tissue. When they are used to control blood flow, they are called hemostats. When used to grasp and manipulate needles, they are called needle holders.

Choosing an Alloy for your Application

  Hardness (Rockwell)    Max. Temp.Resistance    Corrosion Resistance    Magnetic
Stainless Steel    55-56    350°C Good Yes
Stainless Steel is also known as Inox (from French acier inoxydable, a synonym for stainless steel). For general purpose use. Good resistance to corrosion. Autoclavable.
Dumoxel    36 350°C Excellent No
Dumont patented steel. Resistant to staining, but slightly softer and less magnetic than stainless steel. Higher resistance to corrosion due to high content of molybdenum and chromium. Very resistant to sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid and other mineral and organic acids. Autoclavable. More likely to bend than to break.
Dumostar    62 550°C Non-corrosive No
Dumont patented steel. Highly resistant to metal fatigue, has great elasticity and is durable. Resistant to mineral and organic acids, salt. Autoclavable. More likely to break than to bend.
Titanium    37 550°C 100% Non-corrosive No
Completely stain-free, 40% lighter than regular stainless steel, completely non-magnetic, but is also the softest alloy. Can be used on corrosive environment. Autoclavable.