The History Behind The No-Mes Nail Clipper
It all started in 1991 when I was clipping my nails in my fiance's apartment.
While clipping my nails, the clippings were flying out the sides of the nail clipper and all over the floor.
I then realized if the sides of the nail clipper were covered, the clippings would stay inside and I would not have to clean up the mess!
I then put tape on the sides of the nail clipper to test my theory. It worked and I said to myself, why have nail clippers been made for the past 100 years with this obvious flaw?
I now had a mission, to come up with a new design for a nail clipper that would meet the following criteria:
1) It must hold the clippings inside
2) It must empty out easily and completely
3) It must fold up as easy as a traditional nail clipper
4) It must be easy to use and feel comfortable to hold in your hand while clipping nails
5) All parts of the clipper must be made of stainless steel for the highest durability
Now that I outlined a goal, we started to make prototypes and test different approaches and ideas. After 3 years of making numerous prototypes and design changes, and thanks to the help and encouragement of my brother and father, we finally had a nail clipper design that met these goals. We then applied for a patent and was awarded one in an unusually brief period of time. Now the trouble was how to sell it. My expertise is in design/engineering and have very little knowledge of marketing. An associate offered to help sell this new product and we accepted his offer.
He then showed the item to QVC marketing people and we received our first order! QVC put it on a TV ad and our product sold out.
After the success with QVC we were under pressure to have the product manufactured overseas, but due to our continuing effort to employ American workers we decided to manufacture the nail clippers our shop in upstate NY.
And as they say, the rest is history, and thank you for your interest in the No-mes history!
Industrial Tool & Die Co.