Spend anytime in your shop and you’re bound to get splinters. A good pair of gloves can reduce the likelihood, but splinters are still an inevitability. If you pick at the splinter with some crappy tweezers and a sewing needle, you’re probably going to do more damage than the splinter would have done if you’d just left it alone. Why not buy the right tools for the job? For $20 you can add a splinter removal kit to your first aid kit.
The splinter removal kit comes with a liberator and forceps — a fancy word for tweezer. The liberator, a triangular steel probe with a sturdy handle, exposes the splinter by lifting the skin. After you’ve exposed the splinter, you use the tiny-tipped forceps to grab the splinter and remove it.
When you’re through using the kit, the liberator probe tip unscrews and stores in the handle so it doesn’t get damaged. Then you can store both the liberator and forceps in the included plastic case.