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Choosing the Right Toenail Cutting Tool

Once you know how to properly care for your toenails, you can move on to choosing the right cutting tool.  Chances are you’ve been cutting your toenails for many years, so you’re familiar with your toenail “type”.  Toenails come in many shapes, sizes, thickness and curves.  Choose a tool that works best with your toenail type and your level of flexibility and hand strength.  Following are some nail types and product recommendations:

Small toenails with average or less thickness:   A standard nail clipper will probably be your best choice.  It’s sized for smaller surfaces, so you don’t accidentally cut off too much of your toenail or cut your toe.  It also has plenty of power to cut cleanly through a thin or average toenail.  If you don’t like clipping over a garbage can, or picking up clippings when you’re done, try a clipper with a catcher.
If you’re looking for extra sharp cutting edges and are willing to invest in a high quality tool, our Stainless Steel Nail Clipper from Japan is a high performance option.  If you prefer the smooth cut of nails scissors, you can select one with a shorter shank for maximum control or one with a longer shank for improved reach.  Both will work best if your toenails have been soaked.

Small toenails with average or greater thickness (and people with less hand strength or those looking for added comfort):  If your toenails are on the small side but you have trouble cutting through them with a nail clipper, either because it’s not strong enough or because you find the small clipper hard to handle, the Denco Easy Grip Nail Clipper is a great option.  This clipper has amazing cutting power and requires very little squeezing.  It also has a non-slip, oversized handle for increased comfort.

Average sized toenails with average or less thickness:  A standard toenail clipper should work very well.  It has the proper jaw size and cutting strength to clip through average nails.  For a bit more money, a toenail clipper with a catcher will trap your clippings and minimize any clean up.  For those looking for a super-sharp cut and premium construction, our Stainless Steel Toenail Clipper from Japan is an excellent choice.

Average sized toenails with average or greater thickness (and people with less hand strength or those looking for added comfort):  Maybe your toenails are average sized, but just a bit too thick to be easily cut with a standard clipper.  Or maybe your toenails are too thick to fit in an average clipper.  If this is the case, then a more heavy-duty option will work best.  If you don’t have issues with hand strength or flexibility, you may want to try a wider jaw toenail clipper.  If you have difficulty reaching your toenails, but don’t have problems squeezing to cut your thick toenails, try a standard toenail nipper, a more powerful barrel spring toenail nipper or an extra-long barrel spring toenail nipper.  But, if you want the maximum possible power, with the least amount of squeezing necessary, you may want to trade up to our Denco Easy Grip Toenail Clipper.  This clipper has an extra-wide jaw opening, a patented design to increase power and oversized, non-slip handles for comfort.

Problems with Ingrown Toenails:  If you tend to have ingrown toenail problems, it’s critical that you avoid cutting into the corners of your toenails.  Depending on the curve of your toenail cutting blade, this can be difficult.  Luckily, you have the option of a straight cut blade in our traditional style, in a wide jaw style for thicker toenails, and in a premium angled style with catcher.

Very Curved Toenails:  Very curved toenails can pose problems because they are difficult to cut properly.  Generally, using a tool for a smaller nail bed (see notes above) will work best.  In extreme cases, it may be necessary to file the toenails rather than cut them.