Should You be Using a Nail Nipper?

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Should You be Using a Nail Nipper - Professional Nail Nipper SS-202When you think of cutting your nails, you probably think about using a nail clipper. But what if a nail clipper just doesn’t cut it for you. No pun intended but sometimes there’s just something wrong with using a nail clipper. Maybe what you need is a nail nipper.

What is a nail nipper you ask? Well, let this article enlighten you.

A nail nipper is an alternative tool for cutting and trimming your nails. It looks like a cuticle nipper but larger so don’t get them confused. Yes, they are both called nippers, but their uses are completely different. A nipper is something that cuts or ‘nips’ away at something. So a nail nipper is a tool that cuts away at nails. But unlike a nail clipper, it is held differently and used differently. And it is generally used for certain purposes. Let’s look at the benefits of using a nail nipper.


Precision Cutting

One of the main benefits of using a nail nipper is the precision that it offers. Nail nippers can be steered and directed in the path you want it to cut. It’s not so easy to do that with a nail clipper. The directing of the cut allows you to shape your nails to the desired look for precision and maximum control.


Strong, Wide Jaws

The second biggest benefit is its ability to cut through thick hard nails. Sometimes if the nail is too thick you can’t even get the nail in the jaws of the nail clipper. When this happens, it’s time to upgrade to a nail nipper. Nail nipper jaws can open very wide to encapsulate the thickest of nails. Because of this, the jaws must be very strong to cut the nail.


Should You be Using a Nail Nipper - Cutting NailsDexterity

Sometimes we have dexterity issues. Maybe you find it difficult to hold a nail clipper. Perhaps holding something where squeezing with your hand vs. your fingers is easier for you. If this is the case, then a nail nipper may be a better choice.



While many nail clippers are durable, nail nippers take durability to another level. Because they are meant to cut thicker nails, the metal is generally thick, strong and powerful to withstand the more intense cutting.


Easier to Clean

You might say nail nippers are more hygienic than regular nail clippers. If keeping your nail cutting tools clean and hygienic is important, opt for a nail nipper. The jaws can be easily cleaned with rubbing alcohol and cotton as the blades are exposed. Nail clippers have a closed system. Since the jaws only open so wide, it can be difficult to clean the blades.

Using a nail nipper is not as common as using a nail clipper, but that doesn’t mean they are not right for you. Some people prefer using a nail nipper over a nail clipper for the above reasons. In the end it’s about personal choice and preference.

If you’re not familiar with Seki Edge, feel free to browse the nail nippers and nail clippers we offer. We have some of the best on the market! To see the Seki Edge nail nippers, click here. And to see Seki Edge nail clippers, click here.


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