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 nail clippings were flying out the sides of the nail clipper and all over the place, and I realized that if the sides of the nail clipper were covered, the nail 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 or easier than 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 my goal, I started to make prototypes and test different approaches and ideas. After 3 years of making numerous prototypes and design changes, and thanks to the undying encouragement of my family, I finally had a nail clipper design that meet all the design 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 was in design/engineering, and have very little knowledge of marketing. An associate offered to help me sell this new product, and I accepted his offer with open arms. 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 then put the No-mes Nail Clipper for sale on the internet.
And there you have it.
Thank you for your interest in the No-mes history!
Industrial Tool & Die Co.