Consider the lowly nail clipper. Unchanged for decades, it doesn’t work very well. The inventors of Klhip aim to change that.
Let’s just get this out of the way up front: These fingernail clippers cost $70, and if you want them in their swanky, handstitched leather case, they’ll set you back $95. What on earth makes them cost so much, and are they worth it? We got one of these little gadgets in our Midwest Test Facility, and clipped a bunch of nails to find out.
If you care about how your finger nail clippers look, you’re going to love Klhip. Its brushed stainless steel finish and unusual shape is aesthetically pleasing, and in this instance, function follows form, because they work extremely well.
Maybe I’ve been using dull clippers, but my first impression of this precision instrument is that it’s exceptionally sharp. It cuts through even the thickest toenails like butter. However, its blades aren’t quite curved enough for my taste, cutting nails with a straight line, necessitating multiple clips to get a smooth, curved edge.
Klhip’s makers say it’s designed to catch a lot of the clippings inside, but we noticed the clippings falling to the floor anyway. But that’s an improvement, because the clippings don’t go flying all over the place. The trajectory of clipped nails is somehow dampened, with their direction after clipping more predictable than when using conventional clippers.
The trick of these futuristic clippers is the fact that when you’re cutting your nails with Klhip, you’re applying pressure directly over the area that’s doing the cutting, rather than the other way around with conventional clippers. I found these clippers to be a lot easier to control, with their “falling rate cam” slowing down the cutting edges as they close in on the nail.
Should anyone spend $70 for a pair of nail clippers? If you’re rich, sure. If you’re currently unhappy with the way your clippers (or nail file) help you perform your personal manicures, maybe. If for some reason you’re completely bothered by fingernail clippings flying all over the room, definitely.
This is a gorgeous luxury item, and if giving it to someone didn’t imply that you thought he needed to take better care of his nails, it would be the perfect gift — something you wouldn’t buy for yourself, but would be delighted if someone gave to you.
This is not your daddy’s nail clipper. (via Mashable)