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The Klhip Ultimate Nail Clipper Is Ultimately Just Expensive

Little else personifies the invention spirit than trying to take a common object – in this case a nail clipper – and attempting to improve it. And even if the Klhip ultimately falls short of being a revolution in keratin grooming, I have to give it points for trying.

Pluses

The reverse orientation of the clipping lever means clipping hand – the hand that holds the clipper – has more control, since your fingers are almost directly above the cutting area. This actually makes clipping with my non-dominant (left) hand easier, because I was never all that great with lefty to begin with. But in my dominant (right) hand, clipping felt off. Foreign. A little strange.

One thing the design guarantees is power. Imagine running a marathon normally for 40km, but for the last kilometre you get dragged to the finish line by a Japanese bullet train. The Klhip is like this. Most of the clipping motion is slow until you get to the actual part where you cut the nail, where it speeds up and hammers down dramatically. Fine if one of your issues is getting enough power to cleanly cut the nail.

Minuses

It’s $US70. For $US70, it needs to be both durable and dramatically better than normal nail clippers. This will probably last a lifetime, based on the material and build quality, but dramatically better? Eh. It’s definitely an improvement in some ways, but until they get the price down to, say, $US25, it’s a luxury item.

Price

Oh I think you know by now. [Klhip]

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