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Trevorh17/06/2016 12:06:35
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I have just been given these tools from my local hospital as they were being thrown out

1. What will they be made from

2. What can I change them into

Tools.jpgmany thanks

MW17/06/2016 12:18:50
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I would imagine they are surgical implements and are probably made from a stainless/nickel base, you can judge this for yourself by the weight and feel of the metal,

but if you are willing to go a step further you can always do the old fashioned "grinding test" to differentiate between metals of an unknown grade, this was used for many years and you look at the spark "patterns" to see what it's made of, a simple guide should be available somewhere. This is only if you're willing to mark them or change them like the question seems to imply.

Some of them look like they would make good pick up tools or just general picks for getting grit out of hard to reach places, others could be ground to a chisel point and used as basic turning tools. 

If you're into model making they could make fantastic sculpting tools, i usually keep this sort of stuff and i normally find a use for it eventually if not immediately so don't lose hope. "theres a time and place for everything"!

Michael W


Edited By Michael Walters on 17/06/2016 12:29:04

David Jupp17/06/2016 12:22:16
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Look like stainless steel - may well be 400 series (hardenable, magnetic) rather than 300 series.

Trevorh17/06/2016 12:27:56
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Thanks for the comments lads, I was thinking along the lines of trying to reshape them to use on the lathe or possibley as a broaching part

the ones shown are already ground as some form of chisel and are quite weighty


Neil Wyatt17/06/2016 13:00:03
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JasonB17/06/2016 13:15:39
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PGk PGK is your man to identify surgical tools.


Martin Kyte17/06/2016 14:18:42
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I do hope they have been properly decontaminated.


Trevorh17/06/2016 14:25:59
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Oh most definately my wife works in that department for cleaning them

Thats how I got first refusal on them

Martin Kyte17/06/2016 14:36:46
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That's very re-assuring. You can really come a cropper with bio-hazards. They look bone related rather than neuro anyhow.

regards Martin

Howard Lewis17/06/2016 21:44:13
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The Tweezers will definitely come in useful one day.

A pal uses remodelled dental tools as scribers; - VERY hard.

You will find a use for each iof them, in time.


pgk pgk17/06/2016 22:15:24
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Human instrumentation has a bunch of weird and wonderful speciality tools. I'd guess most of these are periosteal elevators - or could be used as such. Theoretically all orthopaedic instrumentation would be the same composition surgical stainless steel.. albeit some stuff these days has resin handles or tungsten inserts.

One from the bottom looks like a mixing knife. Perhaps used with some bone cement.

They'd probably make half decent wood-carving chisels if you avoid overheating them when sharpening.

MW18/06/2016 22:46:01
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Is it not rather ominous to you that your 666th post would be describing the implements of human carvery! You honestly couldn't make this up.

Michael W

Windy19/06/2016 02:21:10
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I picked up at a car boot a lovely stainless Jacobs chuck with a T handle being sold with a lot of surgical related tools.

It's been very handy for holding small taps etc.

pgk pgk19/06/2016 06:39:25
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Posted by Michael Walters on 18/06/2016 22:46:01:

Is it not rather ominous to you that your 666th post would be describing the implements of human carvery! You honestly couldn't make this up.

Michael W

...carefully planned..and when your time is up I may be waiting.....devil

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