In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S.
The Ultimate Clipper by Khlip is a uniquely designed nail clipper, manufactured in the U.S. It has a forward facing lever that allows you to apply pressure directly over a nail. According to Khlip founder, Andrew Johnson, this allows for better control and ergonomics. The clipper uses a single blade to cut a nail, rather than the two blades found on a standard clipper, and this is said to make nail tears less likely.
Khlip earned a Design Distinction Award from I.D. Magazine last year, and a Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum.
The Ultimate Clipper is made with surgical stainless steel. It comes with a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects — the company will replace or repair it without charge (shipping costs not included).
If the Ultimate Clipper’s price just seems too high, another we’ll designed clipper is the Seki Edge Stainless Steel Fingernail Clipper from Japan, which retails for around $15. I’ve tested this clipper personally, and it works well.