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One of the more common household grooming instruments is a pair of nail clippers or trimmers. There are many varieties on the market and this tool is the most used personal care product. Perhaps the simplicity of clippers and trimmers contributes to their universality and the fact they are often used for purposes other than originally intended.
As the name suggests, nail clippers and trimmers are mechanical instruments that are used for clipping or trimming finger and toenails. Though a bit less precise than other methods of decreasing the length of the nails, they are perfect for removing large amounts of nail quickly, thereby creating a neat and clean appearance. After clipping or trimming the nails, they could be filed and polished for a smoother and beautiful look.
The invention sometime in 1896 of the nail clipper is attributed to Chapel Carter.
Type and Shape
Care & Cleaning
Nail clippers and trimmers are usually made out of metal, but the best material to use is Stainless Steel
. The superior quality steel from Solingen, Germany
is used to create instruments that are accurate, precise, easy to care for and tarnish resistant.
View selection of steel nail clippers and nippers
Specialty nail clippers and trimmers are available to trim the nails of small children. Manufacturers have developed "child-proof" nail clippers, which look less threatening and feel comfortable against a child's delicate skin. The clippers, except for the blades, are completely encased in flexible plastic.
There are also nail clippers designed for small pets. They are made with a comfortable grip, and are both accurate and safe for the pet.
TYPE AND SHAPE
Because of the popularity and availability of nail clippers and trimmers, they are often made in combination with other instruments and tools. Many times, a nail clipper has an attached nail cleaner or miniature nail file. Sometimes, nail clippers and trimmers are combined with pocketknives, mini scissors and key chains. This attests to the versatility of the clipper and its use that often goes beyond grooming needs.
There are two main types of nail clippers and trimmers: those that use a lever action (Nail Clippers) and those that look like a pair of pliers (Nail Nippers).
The lever-shaped trimmers (Nail Clippers) usually provide less precision. The lever is attached to two blades facing each other. To produce the clipping action, the lever is pressed straight down with the thumb while the bottom blade rests on the side of the forefinger. Squeezing the lever brings the blades together to clip the nail.
The pliers-shaped trimmers (Nail Nippers or Nail Pliers) usually afford a bit more precision. To produce the clipping action, the two handles of the trimmers are squeezed between the thumb and the forefinger, which brings the blades together.
Heavy Duty Toenail Clippers and Pliers
The blades of clippers are also specialized for use on either fingers or toes. Convex blades, (curved inward) are best used on toenails, while concave (rounded outward) blades are usually used on fingers. Another factor dependent on the intended use of the instrument is the direction of the cutting head in relation to the main axis. This could be parallel or perpendicular. For instance, to accommodate hard to reach places on the toenails, like the nail corners, the cutting heads on some clippers are parallel to the principal axis of the instrument.
CARE AND CLEANING
Care and cleaning of your nail clippers and trimmers depends on the material of the instrument. Here are some basic tips that should keep most steel instruments in good shape.
- Don't soak your clippers or trimmers in detergents or plain water.
- Always disinfect clippers or trimmers with alcohol before and after each use.
- Even though clippers or trimmers are a common household item and may even come with your keychain, if you use them for personal grooming they should not be used for any other purpose.
- Clean and disinfect whatever additional instrument is attached to your clippers or trimmers to prevent possible contamination.