Me and my gadget

19:58, Jul 11 2012
CUTTING EDGE: Vet Peter Briston wishes his knife would zip as well as unzip.
CUTTING EDGE: Vet Peter Briston wishes his knife would zip as well as unzip.

Peter Briston, of Cambridge Vets, tells Chris Gardner why a simple enclosed knife is a favourite of his. 

What's your favourite gadget?

An enclosed knife, which is elegant in its simplicity and utility. It fits nicely within the palm of your hand, or between extended fingers.

What do you mainly use it for?

It is perfect as a caesarean scalpel. Because the blade is on the inside you cannot accidentally cut anything you don't want to, such as a finger. The other gadget in the photo is a calving jack, which is essentially a ratcheted lever to assist in pulling out a calf during difficult calvings. If correction of an underlying problem, and a bit of mechanical assistance with the jack cannot progress the egress of the calf, a caesarean may become a real option. Often the conditions are dark with minimal protection from the elements, so any gadget to make the job safer and easier is welcome.

What would you change to make it better?

It would be great if it could zip things up as well as unzip tissue. That would save a heap of fiddly stitching. Or glow in the dark.

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