Cutting orthopaedic implants with a hack saw is hard work and very time consuming.
Stainless steel has the unfortunate property of work hardening i.e. the harder you try to cut it, the harder it becomes.
The surgical finish cutters are made from stainless steel with tungsten carbide cutting inserts.
As with all tungsten carbide instruments avoid cutting at the tips of the inserts as this will fracture the hard-wearing but brittle insert.
The close-cut models are designed to cut pins and wires close to the bone surface.
It is particularly useful where wires are to be left in situ, e.g. repair of the fracture of the distal femur and tibial crest transplants.
(Image shown is the Safety Pin Cutter - 001229 - Click Here To View Item)