Thank Mike! That is great info. Cost is always a factor when looking at buying new supplies.





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Illinois Natural History Survey

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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Mike Ferro
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 4:40 PM
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Subject: Pretty Good Forceps


Good forceps are easy to find. Good, affordable forceps are harder to find.

A graduate student (Jenna Crowder) alerted me to the world of “tweezers” on Amazon. There are a lot of variations available, here is one example:

Attached is a photo comparing those “tweezers” with other forceps we have in use here at CUAC. I photographed the tip from two angles so you can see the inner side that will grasp the specimen and rotated 90 degrees showing the shank side (the side your fingers grasp).

Forceps photographed are:

FST, Fine Science Tools Dumont #5 Forceps, $32 each

“eBay Forceps”, $6.36

“Dissection 1” are forceps in a Flinn Scientific dissection kit for students, we have these for undergrads during entomology labs.

“Dissection 2” are forceps in an unbranded black-wrapped dissection kit for students, we have these for undergrads during entomology labs.

[When dealing with small specimens, forceps that are not smooth on the inner grasping surface are very difficult to use.] 

“Tweezer set” are the new one’s I’m alerting you to.
These are sold in sets of nine different “styles”. Of the nine, five are straight fine-tipped forceps, and two are curved fine-tipped forceps. The tips are all sharpened to the same size and shape, the only difference is the shape of the shank and whether the tip is bent or straight. There are two flat tipped forceps that aren’t of any special use that I can see. So for ~$11 you are getting 5-7 forceps that are pretty darn good for working with specimens. Great for students. 






Michael L. Ferro
Collection Manager, Clemson University Arthropod Collection (CUAC)
Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences
277 Poole Agricultural Center
Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0310

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Subject Editor: The Coleopterists Bulletin; Insecta Mundi