Klhip Nail Clippers Review

If you could reinvent an often used product to make it better, which product would it be? Are fingernail clippers at the top of your list? They were for the folks that are offering the new Klhip Ultimate Nail Clippers. They have taken the nail cutting device that we’ve all used for years and brought them into the 21st century. The question is though, did the lowly nail clipper need to be reinvented in the first place? Let’s see…

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Klhip nail clippers are made in the USA from surgical stainless steel and have a natural satin finish. At first glance you might not even recognize them for their intended purpose. That’s mainly due to the fact that like traditional nail clippers, Klhip clippers have to be oriented or opened before you can use them.

The clipping lever rotates from under the clippers to the top.

Once fully rotated, it’s easier to see what their function is. You have to admit, that the Klhip looks pretty cool. Very industrial.

They are made very well and I don’t believe they would fall apart like traditional clippers sometimes do.

They have a single cutting blade instead of dual cutting blades like traditional clippers. This is supposed to help keep the blade sharp for a ‘lifetime’ of use. There is no definition of what Klhip considers lifetime use though and as far as I can tell, there’s no warranty on these clippers.

Using these clippers isn’t much different than using traditional clippers. You put your fingernail between the blades and press the lever to cut the nail. The main difference is that the lever is pushed towards the blade instead of towards the back. Do Klhip clippers cut nails easier or better than traditional clippers? I thought they would, but from my experience so far, there really isn’t THAT much difference. I let my nails grow for a couple weeks and clipped one hand with a brand new pair of $3 CVS traditional clippers and one hand with Klhip clippers. I have to admit that I prefer the cheapo CVS clippers. Although they tend to cause the clippings to fly around more than the Klhips do, I feel like I have more control with the traditional clippers. I don’t know if it’s just that I’m used to them or what, but I think it takes longer to clip my nails with the Klhips because the blade is much straighter than the more curved blade of the traditional clippers. So it seems that it takes more time to sculpt my curved nails.

Yes, Klhip clippers are made very well and I think they would last forever as far as the mechanics. I can’t comment on how long the sharpness of the blade would last though. Paying $70 for one pair of clippers is not something I would do when I could buy a brand new pair of $3 clippers every year or so for 23 years for the same money and always have sharp pair. Their price is just too out of scope as far as I’m concerned. I think I’ll be sticking with old school clippers for the foreseeable future.

 

Product Information

Price:$70 with tin case, $95 with leather case
Manufacturer:Klhip
Pros:
  • Interesting design
  • Clippings don't shoot across the room
Cons:
  • Too expensive
  • No lifetime warranty
  • Blade too straight
Posted in: Health, Fitness, Sports, Reviews

{ 10 comments… add one }

  • Louis April 23, 2011, 2:38 pm

    I’ve had these about 2-3 months. I think that the “lever forward” action takes some getting used to but I have to say I like it better now than traditional “lever backward” models. It feels like I have more precise control and can shape my nails a lot easier.

    I got it with the leather case and I like that too as it is the perfect fit for the Klhips and my aluminum and steel folding “PocketTweez” tweezers that cost $25 plus shipping.

    So, for around $140, I have a great and innovative pair of nail clippers with enough room in the leather case for some most innovative tweezers- a tiny bundle sure to be lost the next time I relocate.

    Yep. Mm-hmm. Sombody please beat some sense into me.

  • Dan April 23, 2011, 2:48 pm

    This product is a great example of the old saying “a fool and his money are soon parted.” I agree completely with Julie’s assessment. Even if these clippers last a “lifetime,” they will still be more expensive than buying replacement sets of traditional clippers.

  • Kevin April 24, 2011, 12:16 pm

    These clippers are a huge difference in control and stability. The lever forward action is amazing, and especially useful for working over your toes quickly.

    I have given a couple pairs to friends and they love it as well. It’s just one of those areas where some people are just fine with the status quo while others appreciate a better design.

  • Bob DeLoyd April 25, 2011, 8:33 pm

    Didn’t we see something like this a month ago or so?

  • Julie April 25, 2011, 9:00 pm

    @Bob Yes, had a news item about them :)

  • michael November 5, 2012, 4:58 pm

    They are a great design; they just don’t work very well. They don’t cut the nail as much as pinch the nail. Awful.

  • Linda Ewen July 5, 2013, 1:54 am

    Fabulous. If you knit you need KLHIP clippers.

  • Eric February 7, 2014, 1:54 pm

    The Klhip is not made in the U.S.A. I just got off the phone with them. Japan and Vietnam.

  • Mohee September 17, 2014, 3:03 pm

    Hi. I use your nailclipper. It is ok for me. But as a Paraplegic without sense I always had to be cautious to cut my flesh. I modified the tip and now it is quite safe. Are you interested to know what I have done? Mohee

  • Julie Strietelmeier September 17, 2014, 3:09 pm

    @Mohee you might want to contact Klhip directly with your modification info.

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