Nordent needle holders are hardened to the highest degree to assure a firm, long lasting gripping action at the tip of the jaws. Carbide needle holders can be identified by their gold handles. They are an excellent choice for those practices that have a high volume of surgical procedures. The jaws have carbide inserts and fine serrations that are machined into the carbide for added strength and durability. The serrations are machined using a special process to reduce micro-fractures that can result in premature wear. All sharp edges are removed from the surfaces of the hinge area of our needle holders to eliminate snagging the suture during the procedure.