I'm working on getting my equipment requirements together - something to do the emasculation on the female parent (removal of the pollen before it sheds), transfer of pollen from the male parent, labelling so you don't forget what you've done, and something to keep records in, so you know what you've done, and what you might need to do.
So I've been assembling my tool kit. A few more practised breeders put me on the right track. I started using a scalpel (Rebsie's weapon of choice, I believe), but juggling the flower parts, and manipulating the scalpel to prise apart the sepals and petals and excise the stamens had me somewhat concerned about slicing my fingers or hand open.
So I went online and purchased a number of different forceps - fine points in straight, curved and offset, a set of reverse action fine points (squeeze to open), and a set of medium point regulars. The reverse action ones (Carol Deppe recommends these) I found hard to use. The curved points are great, the curve seems to make manipulating the bits easier, and doesn't obscure you vision of the all the little bits. Handy for nipping off the redundant flower buds as well.
I got mine online from Australian Entomological Supplies - no connection, but when someone does a good job, its worth letting people know. Their prices were good, service was fine, and they have a sense of humour - the confirming email raised quite a chuckle when I received it. And the product has so far given good service. At around $10 per unit, I can replace 'em relatively cheaply.
And to sterilise and clean the instruments, a screw top specimen jar full of methylated spirits.