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Jan 25, 2013 08:39 AM

10" to 12" surgical tweezers for cooking?

Anyone know where I can get good quality surgical tweezers. Preferably east of the 405.

Something like the ones in this video.

Please no online, I would like to check them out first in person.

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  1. Those are not surgical tweezers. They're actually tongs, and they're available at Daiso, Marukai, Mitsuwa, etc. (page is in Japanese, but scroll down for store locations)

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    1. re: Joe Blowe

      Definitely will check this place out but are you sure they are not surgical tweezers because from the tip it sure does look like tweezers with the angle. I could be wrong though. I really just want them to be sturdy so they do not bend.

      Thanks for the rec though, I can easily check Daiso out over the weekend.

      Anyplace else?

      1. re: A5 KOBE

        Here's a pic of "plating tweezers" or tempura tongs:

        It's possible the guy in the vid is using a $30 piece of medical equipment, but now you know where to find the equivalent for a buck-fitty...

        1. re: Joe Blowe

          I went to the Daiko in Irvine and they did not have anything remotely like this. Had plenty of tongs that were borderline aluminum foil thickness though.

    2. Those are called tissue or dressing forceps in the medical field. You might want to look for a medical or laboratory supply company in your area.

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      1. re: Coogles

        Do you know of a good medical supply store that would carry these? Or do I just google around the area for any medical supply store?

        1. re: A5 KOBE

          I'm not familiar with the area so can't give any recommendations on shops. A pace tat sells lab supplies for students might be a good place to look.

          1. re: Coogles

            Not trying to be a jerk, but I'm sure someone like my mom would say "just use chopsticks." She has a few longer ones that I'm under the impression are made for cooking. Since she's quite adept with chopsticks she makes it look pretty easy. I've seen her flip the individual bacon strips, scramble her eggs (I recall seeing Julia Child use chopsticks to scramble her eggs too), pick out things in a pot of cooking food, picking out the done pieces when doing tempura, etc. If you're fairly adept with the chopsticks and have a pair handy I'd say give it a shot before laying down some serious bucks for those stainless steel tongs. You might try looking for those longer cooking chopsticks too. Helpful avoiding the grease burns when your deep frying.

            1. re: Feed_me

              I agree with Feed_me. Long chopsticks will do the same trick.

              1. re: granadafan

                I recently lost my pair that was given to me. It is not the same.

      2. I've seen those in the cookware aisles at Hawai'i Market (right hand side as you enter the market).

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          I found some here but it is not exactly what I was looking for. I wanted more of a flat kind but I bought some anyways since they were only two bucks a pop. I also wanted them a bit longer.

        2. You can do a search for "cooking tweezers" or "kitchen tweezers" to get an idea what's out there and then check out restaurant supply stores. I have two pairs of 10 inch and two pairs of 12 inch cooking tweezers that I've had for years. Unfortunately neither one of them have a brand name on them, but I wouldn't want to be without them. Since I bought both sets online I can't tell you where to begin to look for them in a store.

          AG Russell makes a set that Alton Brown likes. I wish I could be more help.

          1. Hello, A5 KOBE.

            This might not be the easiest lead that has been suggested, but if you really want "surgical," I would try the Rose Bowl Flea Market...second Sunday of every month:


            We were there a couple of weeks ago and there was a massive display of surgical equipment of all kinds. The display covered many, many large tables and the surgical tools appeared to be in new or excellent condition.