A needle holder,also called needle forceps or needle drivers,is a surgical instrument,similar to a hemostat,used by doctors and surgeons to hold a suturing needle for closing wounds during suturing and surgical procedures.The parts of a simple needle holder are the jaws,the joint and handles.
Needle holders typically have a textured tip for a secure hold.Often they have a ratchet(or other mechanism for locking).Some have tungsten carbide inserts in the tips.Tungsten carbide inserts are more durable than stainless steel,last longer and typically offer a better grip.Tungsten carbide(TC) is harder than stainless steel.Look for the gold handles which designate tungsten carbide inserts.
Titanium needle holders are lighter weight,which makes them easier to use during long procedures.
Choose your needle holders based on the size of the needle you are using,so that they securely hold your needle.The smaller the needle,the smaller the needle holder.
Replace your needle holders if you notice any of the following:
Hairline cracks in the jaws or the joint
Cracks in the TC inserts
Light shines through when you hold it in the closed position
Ratchet mechanism fails to hold securely
Rust can't be removed
When testing your needle hodler pullers,you should be able to securely hold a hair on your forearm.