If you do any kind of work with your hands, you sooner or later will get a splinter of some sort—wood, metal, fiberglass, carbon fiber, plastic, whatever—in a finger or palm. Sometimes, splinters are big enough or protrude far enough above the skin that you can easily grab them with tweezers; but splinters often are so small or close to the skin that you need a magnifying glass to see them clearly and pluck them out. And therein lies the problem: You have to hold the tweezers in one hand while trying to grab the splinter in the other, thus leaving you with no way to hold a magnifying glass.
You could, of course, expose your torso to high levels of radiation in the hope of soon growing a third hand, but Griot’s Garage (www.griotsgarage.com) offers a quicker and less-lethal solution: the Stainless Tweezers With Magnifier (part #36758; $16.99). This clever, “How come I never thought of that?” tool is simply a pair of high-quality tweezers with a 5X magnifier attached. The magnifier arm pivots at the base of the tweezers, allowing complete adjustability for clear focus on the affected area of the finger or palm. The tweezers have precision-ground tips that converge perfectly to grasp even the tiniest splinter. When not in use, the tool folds flat to store in an included plastic pouch.
Maybe I’m just clumsy or careless—or both—but I frequently get splinters when working on motorcycles, cars and just about anything that could poke a sliver of its material into my skin. To deal with that likelihood, I keep these tweezers close at hand everywhere I go.