A friend recommended these to me last week, and they strike me as a great idea: It’s like they took the little pair of tweezers you have in your medicine cabinet, scaled ’em up about 1000%, then added a little LED light at the back end so you can almost always see what you’re trying to grab.
They’re just under 7″ long (which you can kind of see if you look carefully at the package picture above and assume that the guy in the tiny photo has relatively normal-sized hands), they’re made of spring steel, and the grip at the back end is made of over-molded rubbery plastic. A couple of standard LR41 watch batteries power the LED light.
Personally, I think these look like a great specialty tool addition to my mechanics’ tool set. There’s nothing worse than dropping something in a dark, hard-to-reach place. I’ve got a couple of different cheap grabber tools just for this purpose, but this looks like it’d allow some additional manipulation of whatever lurks in there as well.
Admittedly, these look a little shady at first glance, mainly because I can’t find them listed via any major reseller. To buy them you’ll have to take the dive and pick up a pair off eBay or via one of the many online-only retailers listing them via Google Shopping. Still, I’m thinking about giving ’em a shot. Street pricing runs about $15, though some retailers stock them for as little as $10.