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Random question: nail care after SHTF

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Kevin108, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. Kevin108

    Kevin108 HADOKEN!

    Mar 2, 2005
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Should you find yourself without nail clipper for the forseeable future, how do you deal with your toe nails? In other words, what did people do before nail clippers?
  2. bpe5008

    bpe5008 TSD Blackbelt

    Aug 25, 2010
    Hershey, Pa
    They used their teeth. Or rubbed it on a rock. Lol Honestly I don't think if you are activly searching for food and trying to survive every day, you won't really care about how to trim your toenails.

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  3. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    And this is why I carry not one, but TWO Swiss Climbers...
  4. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

    Sep 10, 2008
    Nowhereville, USA
    Seriously? I think I'd have a lot more things higher on my priority list to worry about after a SHTF incident.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2012
  5. NDCent

    NDCent Socially Inept

    Mar 19, 2010
  6. pugman


    May 16, 2003
    Nail cutters have been found dating back to the 8th century BC. This said.

    In the "old days" people used their hands and shoes weren't as nice as they are today so nails wore more naturally through friction. Ironically, study after study through remains analysis/looking at cultures today where bare feet is still the norm show with the invention of shoes foot problems in the human race as a whole have gotten worse.

    Trimmers are so cheap, no reason not to have 2-3 sitting in a box somewhere.

    However, if I lost all my trimmers and the zombie apocolypse made it impossible to trek down to the local drug store and see if they had an extra set I could trade for some zombie scalps I would personally use a file
  7. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA

    Things like this are easy & cheap to put back a near lifetime supply of, and simply having them on hand can eliminate annoyances in non-emergency situations as well. Razor blades can be the same way depending on what you use; for less than fifty dollars I got nearly a decade's worth of normal usage put back. Micro-usb cables is an example of one we just went thru recently. My phone, my wife's phone, my kindle; numerous things use the same micro-usb connector for charging and/or data connection, and we found ourselves regularly looking for one for either house or vehicle use. For the price of one at the store, we bought a half-dozen online, and now should be done with it for a long time. Toothbrushes, work gloves, zip ties, non-electric can openers, candles if you like them; all kinds of things that can be had at great prices occasionally (often seasonally), and so can be had so much cheaper that a handful of them can be had for the price of one, if simply bought before they're actually needed.
  8. RED64CJ5


    Jul 7, 2003
    Nail care?

    Two words for you that all self-surgery-types must own:

    DIAGONAL CUTTERS a.k.a. "Dikes"

    You can do almost any kind of nail work with them.
  9. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Don't be so intolerant. It's "women in comfortable shoes"... :whistling:
  10. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    I have a swiss army knife. It has scisors.
  11. Kevin108

    Kevin108 HADOKEN!

    Mar 2, 2005
    Virginia Beach, VA
    As a result of having bizarrely-dimensioned feet, I have only recently been able to own shoes that really fit. As a result, I have some seriously screwed up toenails. One I'm getting ready to have removed...permanently...for the 3rd time. The other I have a specific tool for working on. I was doing so last night when the thought occurred to me.
  12. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

    Oct 3, 2000
    Lakeland, FL.
    My knives are sharp enough to trim my nails with. I trim fingernails frequently in the field if one cracks or splits.
  13. Woofie

    Woofie Disirregardless CLM

    Apr 10, 2007
    Meh . . . They cheap ones just break when I tackle my big toe.:supergrin:
  14. pugman


    May 16, 2003
    Which is why on my big toe I use an ax
  15. michael e

    michael e

    Nov 20, 2010
    I have a dozen of them around the house, I have issues with big toes so I would still have to cut them zombies or not. Worst case I could use a knife , my grandmother used to do that for me as a kid when they bothered me.
  16. Then, just like all other S&P stuff, if you have some out of the ordinary need about something you feel will be a problem after SHTF, you need to go now and buy backups to your backups.. so if needed, it doesn't become an issue.

    Whatever "tool" you are using now, you should buy multiples of now. Simple as that. I honestly just tear mine off. No tools needed.
  17. Babynine


    Dec 8, 2009
    Once had a poorly trimmed large toenail wear a hole in the Gore-Tex membrane on a $230 pair of Meindl leather boots. First the toenail had to work its way through a $18 pair of SmartWool socks to make it happen! Luckily the boots are still 100% waterproof do to the quality leather, but I learned my lesson and keep both a fingernail and toenail clipper in my pack at all times.

    If the SHTF, I'm guessing your feet, and footwear may be some of the most important gear you have. Best take care of 'em.
  18. RonS

    RonS Millennium Member

    May 27, 1999
    Oh, USA
    Leatherman. Just grip and pull. Hurts like heck but once it is done your socks last a lot longer.