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170° “lumina” Arthroscope with forceps (Wolf)

Health Sciences · Robert W. Jackson Arthroscopy

A metal optical instrument consisting of an arthroscope and matching forceps with integrated forceps. At one end of the arthroscope is an eyepiece with a flat point along the perimeter. Just beyond this is a port for the fiber optic light source.

The forceps includes a socket that fits a matching arthroscope. The shanks and ring handles of the forceps protrude from the main axis of the instrument. The basket-like tip of the forceps emerges from the stem of the instrument just beyond the lens of the arthroscope when it is inserted.

Accession Number: 2020.JAC.18

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Primary Materials: Stainless Steel; Glass


Printed in engraved white lettering around the perimeter of the eyepiece: “Richard Wolf G.M.B.H. 78179 MADE IN GERMANY 170°”
Printed in engraved white on the outside surface of the eyepiece: “lumina”
Engraved on the collar of the forceps: “8853.89”

Dimensions (cm): Height = 12, Width = 5, Length = 23.2


An arthroscope is an optical instrument for viewing the interior of a joint during a surgical operation. Its development made possible minimally invasive surgery for many knee operations. It significantly improved diagnoses and healing times for many knee conditions. Specialized arthroscopes may also be used on smaller joints.


There are very light signs of wear along the surface of this instrument. The surface of the plastic portion of the eyepiece is slightly cloudier than comparable instruments, possibly due to repeated autoclaving.

Associated Instruments:


Richard Wolf GmbH, Knittlingen, Germany.

Date of Manufacture: Post 1950s.


The Robert W. Jackson Arthroscopy Collection was acquired by the University of Toronto from Dr. Jackson’s family on November 12th, 2020.

Additional Information and References:

Richard Wolf GmbH., “History” Richard Wolf GmbH Company Website. Accessed and archived, September 4, 2022.

Historical Notes:

Richard Wolf GmbH was founded in Knittlingen, Germany in 1947. Production of endoscopes began the following year.

Beginning in the 1970s, Wolf launched a number of subsidiaries in Germany and abroad, including Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. in Vernon Hills, Illinois, USA. [Richard Wolf GmbH., “History”]

  • Donated to UTSIC