Tweezers are precision hand tools that allow us to work on things that are too small for our hands and fingers. Tweezers go back as far as 3000 B.C. (3000 BCE) in Ancient Egypt. There are many styles, shapes, sizes, colors, alloys, coatings, finishes, origin, and purposes. Tweezers are a smaller version of a plier-style pincer tool.
Styles of tweezers vary in shape, such as straight tips (electronics), curved, replaceable, slanted (most popular for beauty), reverse action, cutting tweezers, wafer tweezers, short length, locking, or finger tweezers.
Shapes of the base of the tweezer and tips can vary as well. Options are: thin tips, super thin tips, curved tips, bent tips to various degrees, round tips, strong tips, wide grip, long and strong tips, pointed and slanted tips, cutting tips, serrated inner tips, hooked tips, long and narrow shank, oblique shank, wafer tips, triable tips, flat tips, rounded tips, extreme precision, foam cushion grips.
Replaceable tip types vary in: ceramic tips, plastic tips, wooden tips, acetal tips, carbofib tips, copolymer tips, ESD safe PEEK (Polyetheretherketone) tips.
Tweezer sizes range from very small finger tweezers of 2 inches to as large as 19 inch forceps. What are the differences in tweezers and forceps? Forcep/forceps are the medical terms used for the tools and are usually of a higher grade and specific style. Tweezers are generally for precision.
Alloys or metal content in tweezers vary. Tweezers can be of almost any metal or non-metal content: Plastic (Economical and generalized use; seen in medical kits), Stainless steel (Higher quality and precision), Carbon steel (works best for the continued high-temperature sterilization in the medical field) Nickel plated, Brass, Silver, Tungsten Carbide, Titanium, Inox, Ceramic (Black or White), Gold Plating, Cobalt.
Coatings and finishings are usually for a speciality purpose. Typically, the finished tweezer is coated, dipped, glued, or wrapped in: Anti-glare finish, matte finish, satin finish, PTFE coating, magnetic, anti-magnetic, anti-acid, white delrin, epoxy coating (ESD Safe).
Origins of tweezers or their country of manufacture generally indicate the quality of the workmanship as well as price range. The highest quality of tweezers are believed to be from Switzerland, Germany, Italy or the USA with the highest quality standards and price range. More economical tweezers can be from from Pakistan, India, Indonesia, or China.
Tweezer purposes or the industry that they are to be used in, allow one to narrow the options. Medical, industrial, cutting, electronics, jewelry, gemology, and watchmaking all have specifics to allow the operator to complete their task.
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The word tweezer has an origin back to France with the term "etwee" which was French for "etui" meaning "small case" which further relates back to an old French verb of "estuier" which translates to "keep safe or to hold". The tool we know today as a tweezer was commonly found in this small case many many years ago. Tweezers also have an origin back to a pincer tool that was based from pliers, but on a smaller scale.
Repair / Reconditioning Services are available. Approximate 3 week door-to-door turn around time.
Available for repair: Carbide Inserts, Hard Wire Cutters, Pliers, Diagonal Cutters, Specials and Forming Tools, Anti-Shock Shear Cutters, Tweezers, Ergo-Grip Tweezers, Cutting Tweezers, Non-Metal Tip Tweezers, Scissors, Screwdrivers, Replace Delrin, or Nylon Inserts.
Reconditioning Services: Sharpening of cutting blades, Joint realignment, Replacement of any broken or damaged spring(s), Replacement of worn grips, Buffing and Lubrication.
Unrepairable tools are returned to the customer at no charge.