# What is a handheld, hinged instrument used for grasping and holding objects?

Do you mean $\text{forceps.........??}$
For some reason, I believe it is correct usage to say $\text{I need forceps}$, and incorrect usage to say $\text{I need a pair of forceps}$. $\text{Forceps, tweezers, tongs, pliers, clamps}$ are the same grasping instrument; and obviously they can be small or big, such as the forceps used to assist in childbirth.