In my ongoing effort to address all the world’s problems, I’ve finally come to fingernail clippers. You’re welcome.
Clippers have never gotten respect. Even inventor David Gestetner’s heart was really in his other invention, an early handspun office copier for documents. As a result, the simple compound lever device we’ve used since the 1800s hasn’t changed much. Most come with that tiny hook to scrape the dirt underneath the nail and a file to smooth the edges of that dull blade you’ve been nursing for years. I used to get a zipped case every other Christmas or so with a big clipper, a small clipper, and a series of instruments straight out the dungeons of the Tower of London. I’d lose them all inside of a few weeks without ever figuring out what they were for.