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Hemostats have been holding guts in operation rooms for over a hundred years and really haven’t changed much.  They grab, lock, and hold all kinds of things your fingers can’t in places your digits won’t fit.  What some folks haven’t figured out yet is that they’re incredibly useful in all kinds of projects from electrical work to fishing objects out of tight spaces. 

For all intents and purposes a hemostat is a small lockable clamp made from surgical steel with two finger loops for handles that taper down into a slender pointed nose — either straight or bent for different grabbing angles.

The lock part is located near the top loops and is a angled set of alligator teeth that hold the clamp shut with different degrees of strength depending on how many teeth are engaged.

These are great to have around if you’re working with tight clearances.  We used one to grab and insert a spade terminal inside a steering wheel hub with only 2mm of clearance available. 

Plus the price is right. You can find hemostats all over the net for around $2-$7 per in many different sizes and shapes.  Check the flea market as well.

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4 Responses to Finds: Hemostats

  1. eschoendorff says:

    I have a couple pair that I picked up. Man, they are handy when you really need them. I don’t remember paying too much for them, either.

  2. Matt says:

    These are a fisherman’s friend as well… Hemos are great for getting a fly hook out of a trout’s mouth.

  3. Lorenzo says:

    Funny story, I have a set of hemostats that I got for free. Well, not really free…

    A couple of years ago, I was doing a brake job on my VW. I was being lazy and made two crucial mistakes – 1. used a set of needle nose when I should have grabbed my bull nose pliers to pull the brake spring and 2. I wasn’t wearing safety glasses. Using both hands, I yanked the the spring only to have the needle nose lose grip and come flying at my forehead. Thankfully I ducked in time to miss my eyes (safety glasses!), but I caught the end right above my left brow opening an inch long gash. I fell backwards and came up a minute later just to feel a river (ugh!) of blood streaming down my face. I casually walked in the house and scared the hell out of my wife! (She thought I had put my eye out it was so gross…)

    Anyhow, long story somewhat short, I ended up at the hospital with the doctor chiding me for not being smart. I noticed the sweet tools he was using to help sew my forehead back together. I asked what happened to them after the procedure was finished and he said they were usually thrown away. I asked to keep them as a reminder to be a smarter Toolmonger.

    I still use them to this day along with a set of precision scissors and curved hemostat… and yes, also wear my safety glasses. Remember, safety first!

    And don’t be lazy. 😀

  4. Cornelius "Con" Ryan says:

    Dear friends at “TOOLS:”
    I worked many years as a Federal Employee before my retirement at White Sands Missile Range on Electronic gadgets. A friend of mine who worked in “Supply” told me about some “Hemostats” which were available as “Excess Items” for little cost to me. I filled out the paperwork and cited funds ($25.00) to pay for packaging and transportation. In due time I was called to come to the receiving warehouse and pick up the shipment of “Hemostats”. I sent one of our “Guys” in a half-ton pick up truck to sign for and bring back what I assumed would be a small cardboard box or a re-enforced shipping envelope. The shipment came in a wooden crate the size of a large kitchen refrigerator-freezer. It contained more than 3500 ea. “Hemostats” packed in “Cosmoline” and wrapped for overseas sbipment! We had them unpackaged and cleaned and shared “Hemostats” with most of the technical folks at “White Sands”. …… It was a “Bonanza”!!! …… Those “Hemostats” were very handy to temporarily clamp down some of the parts we worked on in the “gizzards” of the missiles we were “fiddling with” out here in the desert. They’re good tools for auto mechanics, fishermen, macrame knotters, modelers of all kinds … and Porcupine-quill-taker-outers too. They are good stuff, Mainard. Everybody needs at least two or three curved or straight 6-inch “Hemostats”, if for no other reason than holding your BIB under yer chin while you eat your Barbequed Ribs and Mexican Style Beans!

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