06-10-2016, 05:29 AM
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I've read through some threads here already.  Good information.

I recently had an ingrown toenail taken care of by a podiatrist.  I thought it would be painful but it was a piece of cake BUT I don't want to take the time out to do that again.  It wasn't that I trimmed my nails wrong but that after I knelt down to pick up something I pushed down too hard on the toenail of my big toe while I was getting up.  The corner cut into my skin a bit and then it began.

So, I want some good toenail nippers or clippers or scissors.  Perhaps I should get a kit or maybe it would be better to get separate tools.  I dunno.

I also need some round pointed scissors for trimming nose hair and ear hair.

Fingernail clippers would be good too.

The Seki Edge 6-piece kit looks okay but it's out-of-stock.  The Feather PaRaDa clippers look good.  I'd still need the round nose scissors.

Do nippers work a lot better on toenails than clippers?

Suggestions: kit or separates (toenail, fingernail, and nose/ear hair)?

Thanks.

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 06-10-2016, 08:32 AM
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  • jtmke
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Seki clippers. Fantastic. You don't have to buy the kit. They are crazy sharp.

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 06-11-2016, 02:02 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
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(06-10-2016, 05:29 AM)DanielS Wrote: So, I want some good toenail nippers or clippers or scissors.  Perhaps I should get a kit or maybe it would be better to get separate tools.  I dunno.

Fingernail clippers would be good too.

The Seki Edge 6-piece kit looks okay but it's out-of-stock.  The Feather PaRaDa clippers look good.  I'd still need the round nose scissors.

Do nippers work a lot better on toenails than clippers?

Suggestions: kit or separates (toenail, fingernail, and nose/ear hair)?

Seki Edge is a distributor of KAI hardware.  I have been using a straight-cut compound lever Type 101L (HC-1801) KAI clipper on my toes for years, and it works a champ.  

However, I am getting Old Man's Toes, which means that: 

  1.  My toenails are getting thick and tough (yours will, too, if you live long enough); and
  2.  My big toe, especially, is getting more cylindrical:  that is, there is a more pronounced arch in the center between the sides of the toenails.
The effect of the second phenomenon is that the straight line of the KAI clipper’s blade leaves the toe with a shallow U-shaped cut, longer on the sides than in the center of the toe.  I have been using scissors-type nippers to trim the triangular “horns” left on the sides of the nail.  But there is where the first phenomenon comes into play:  it has become more and more difficult, using drugstore-grade nippers, even “premium” drugstore-grade nippers, to cut all the way through my tough, thick, Old Man Nails when I am nipping such a small part of the nail.  Often the cut will go only most, not all, of the width of the “horn,” and I am left to tear and tug the remainder out of the fleshy area next to the nail.  

Eighteen months ago, after I had completed what I thought at the time was a successful tear-and-tug, my toe started to swell a day or two later.  It turned out that the “horn” had been severed “horizontally,” but had split “vertically,” leaving a small, but very sharply pointed, sliver behind enfolded in the flesh, which the leading edge of the main toenail, as it continued to grow, relentlessly pushed deeper and deeper into the flesh.  I had a bad, limping, few weeks until my physician prescribed an oral medication that reduced the swelling of the toe, after which, with a pair of tweezers and a copious volume of hydrogen peroxide, I was able to do some self surgery to fish the pointy shard out of the flesh of my toe.  

All of which led me to the solution:  described here in delightful, charming, Japanglish, which — due to forces beyond my control — I could not effect for several months.  (When finally I had steeled myself to pay the gasp-worthy price for the Suwada clippers, and I placed my order, several Japanese retailers politely cancelled my order:  turns out the Suwada clippers had been featured on a popular television program in Japan and were suddenly a very hot item.  As they are meticulously hand finished by artisan craftsmen, supply could not be scaled up to meet the immediate demand.)  Finally, I received my pair last month.  

The Suwada clippers/nippers are equally suited to fingernails and toenails.  The shaping of the handles carresses your hand.  The extremely sharp working end cuts through even Old Man Nails so effortlessly, smoothly, and cleanly, one thinks that one has positioned the tip wrongly and has missed the nail, until the piece just falls off.  The cuts are so clean, usually no filing is needed after a cut.

The Suwada.L clippers are expensive — very expensive — but worth every penny.

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 09-12-2016, 12:07 PM
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(06-10-2016, 08:32 AM)jtmke Wrote: Seki clippers. Fantastic. You don't have to buy the kit. They are crazy sharp.

Roger that. I bought their kit with two clippers, a large and a small. Also bought a pair of their blunt-tipped scissors for dealing with the hair that's migrated from my head to my ears and nostrils. The clipper come in a nifty zippered case that has an unused sleeve in it that's perfect for the scissors.

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 09-12-2016, 12:22 PM
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  • gp569900
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I am with these previous post.  I have both the Seki-Edge and the Feathers.  I really like the Seki-Edge sets.  When you say they are out of stock, where are you looking?  Also, which 6-piece set are you looking at?  There are a couple of different levels of clippers.  I personally like the Mens Premium Grooming Kit (MS-01) by Seki-Edge.  It simply has the toenail clippers, fingernail clippers, and the scissors you mentioned.  Also, Seki Edge is actually made by Green Bell.  I found this out by ordering a certain set and they were Labelled Green Bell.  If you go to Seki's site, it will say "produced by Green Bell".

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 09-14-2016, 05:39 AM
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You really want the Suwada nail cutters, I'm using the S version at 105mm. 

Link for info - http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/ondok...classic-s/ 

They're so good I wouldn't consider using anything else.

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 09-14-2016, 05:43 AM
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(06-11-2016, 02:02 PM)Mel S Meles Wrote: All of which led me to the solution:  described here in delightful, charming, Japanglish, which — due to forces beyond my control — I could not effect for several months.  (When finally I had steeled myself to pay the gasp-worthy price for the Suwada clippers, and I placed my order, several Japanese retailers politely cancelled my order:  turns out the Suwada clippers had been featured on a popular television program in Japan and were suddenly a very hot item.  As they are meticulously hand finished by artisan craftsmen, supply could not be scaled up to meet the immediate demand.)  Finally, I received my pair last month.  

The Suwada clippers/nippers are equally suited to fingernails and toenails.  The shaping of the handles carresses your hand.  The extremely sharp working end cuts through even Old Man Nails so effortlessly, smoothly, and cleanly, one thinks that one has positioned the tip wrongly and has missed the nail, until the piece just falls off.  The cuts are so clean, usually no filing is needed after a cut.

The Suwada.L clippers are expensive — very expensive — but worth every penny.

The Suwada nail cutters are brilliant. The cut is so clean, I also use them for removing calluses.

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 09-14-2016, 05:57 AM
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  • evnpar
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I purchased Seki Edge clippers for myself, and liked them so much I ordered them for my wife, who then sent them to our son, and eventually to her friends. They are terrific. Since then I've purchased their toenail clippers, and another fingernail clipper for my office, and am very pleased. I've never tried Suwada, but will definitely consider trying them if I ever need another clipper.

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 09-14-2016, 07:14 AM
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Parada is my fav http://shavenook.com/showthread.php?tid=26466
Tweezerman scissors work great for me.

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 09-16-2016, 04:02 PM
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Check out The Superior Shave, which has a great selection of German stainless nail tools.  Expensive but high quality.  Seki also has high quality stainless nail tools at reasonable prices.

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