Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 31
  1. #1
    NC_is_me rjhouser's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-03-2011
    Location
    Star, North Carolina
    Age
    28
    Posts
    150
    Images
    19

    Default Fingernail clippers, tweezers

    Carry them or not? Can they be found easily in hostels? Are they worth their weight? I hate to be the UL backpacker that continuously borrows items from other hikers. I can see where they would come in handy at times but are either used frequently enough to warrant carrying them on an entire thru?

  2. #2
    Registered User ChinMusic's Avatar
    Join Date
    05-22-2007
    Location
    Springfield, Illinois, United States
    Age
    59
    Posts
    6,384

    Default

    Bring clippers. I would NEVER use ones at a hostel. Even the thought of that grosses me out.
    Fear ridges that are depicted as flat lines on a profile map.

  3. #3
    Registered User Edwardo Rodriguez's Avatar
    Join Date
    12-07-2011
    Location
    Roseville, California, United States
    Age
    65
    Posts
    65

    Default

    I always bring both don't know when you will need them. For my part if weight is a factor I will try to find other ways to cut down my pack weight by cutting down on what items weight the most an 1/2oz here and there for me will not make that much deference at the end.

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    03-06-2007
    Location
    Bellevue, WA
    Age
    61
    Posts
    1,997

    Default

    My 0.8 oz pocket knife has scissors and a little finger nail file thing that I've not bothered to break off. If I get them wet I can trim my nails with this pretty small scissors. But I did find a big honking clippers in one hiker box along the way on the AT, borrowed it, ran it through hot water first but then used it, cleaned it, and put it back. I wouldn't say it's common to find one, but on the AT at least you might run into them once or twice.

    In any event, I wouldn't carry one, you can make do somehow.
    Gadget
    PCT: 2008 NOBO, AT: 2010 NOBO, CDT: 2011 SOBO, PNT: 2014+2016

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    03-06-2007
    Location
    Bellevue, WA
    Age
    61
    Posts
    1,997

    Default

    One other note, even if you don't use a bounce box (which I don't), you might find yourself with one or two "gear swap" points. I.e., mailing a heavier sleeping bag home and getting a lighter one in the mail. At such a gear swap point you can mail yourself a big heavy toenail clipper and then mail it back home. I've done this on three thru-hikes; sent an electric beard trimmer too.
    Gadget
    PCT: 2008 NOBO, AT: 2010 NOBO, CDT: 2011 SOBO, PNT: 2014+2016

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Join Date
    10-17-2007
    Location
    Michigan
    Age
    58
    Posts
    4,357

    Default

    In my case it is either carry a fingernail clipper or crawl off the trail with an infected toe. Not an option (YMMV).

    As for tweezers, my SAK has a fairly useless pair. A pointy tip tweezer would be good for tick removal. Given the Lyme Disease threat in some areas, this may be essential. Is there a good way to get ticks without a tweezer? The only other use I can think of would be for splinter removal, but I usually dig those out with a sewing needle, which I carry with some thread for sewing repairs.

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    06-09-2010
    Location
    Northern Virginia
    Age
    32
    Posts
    449

    Default

    I carry a small set of fingernail clippers. My 3 season base weight is down to right at 10 lbs, so I figure I can afford that luxury (I hate long finger nails, and wont bite/tear them).

  8. #8
    AT 4000+, LT, FHT, ALT Blissful's Avatar
    Join Date
    07-14-2005
    Location
    Virginia, 10 miles from the AT near SNP
    Age
    54
    Posts
    10,470
    Journal Entries
    1
    Images
    171

    Default

    I carry what I need via my small jackknife and works fine. Your nails usually get soft enough in your shoes that the scissors is adequate.







    Hiking Blog
    AT NOBO and SOBO, LT, FHT, ALT
    Shenandoah NP Ridgerunner, Author, Speaker


  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    09-29-2008
    Location
    West Palm Beach, Florida
    Age
    63
    Posts
    3,605

    Default

    Needle nose tweezers are a part of my first aid kit.
    The trouble I have with campfires are the folks that carry a bottle in one hand and a Bible in the other.
    You never know which one is talking.

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    12-31-2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Age
    39
    Posts
    4,276
    Images
    17

    Default

    I carry a file and pick up clippers when I need them.

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    01-24-2012
    Location
    Shelby Township, Michigan
    Posts
    280

    Default

    Question: Are tweezers used to actually dig the ticks out from under the skin???

    I have never had a tick, but KNOW that any squeezing of them while attached is NOT good.

  12. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    10-17-2007
    Location
    Michigan
    Age
    58
    Posts
    4,357

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Winds View Post
    Question: Are tweezers used to actually dig the ticks out from under the skin???

    I have never had a tick, but KNOW that any squeezing of them while attached is NOT good.
    http://www.aldf.com/lyme.shtml#removal

  13. #13

    Default

    I carried my own finger nail clippers. I'm a gram weenie too so that's really saying something.

    How many monkey butlers will there be?

    One at first. But he'll train others.

  14. #14
    Registered User Grampie's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-25-2002
    Location
    Meriden, CT
    Posts
    1,297
    Journal Entries
    1
    Images
    2

    Default

    A Swiss Army knife is the answer. Use the little sissors to cut your nails. Get a knife that includes tweesere. You will have a knife, can opener, wine bottle opener, nail file and much more in one small package. You don't know how handy a Swiss Army knife is until you carry one.
    Grampie-N->2001

  15. #15
    Registered User rusty bumper's Avatar
    Join Date
    08-04-2010
    Location
    Cleveland, OH
    Age
    69
    Posts
    225
    Images
    3

    Default

    I carried both on my AT hike. For me, foot maintenance including trimmed toe nails, was absolutely essential...without healthy feet, I knew I wouldn't get too far. I used the tweezers 6 times or so to safely and "thoroughly" pluck ticks from various parts of my body.

  16. #16
    Registered User
    Join Date
    10-17-2007
    Location
    Michigan
    Age
    58
    Posts
    4,357

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Grampie View Post
    A Swiss Army knife is the answer. Use the little sissors to cut your nails. Get a knife that includes tweesere. You will have a knife, can opener, wine bottle opener, nail file and much more in one small package. You don't know how handy a Swiss Army knife is until you carry one.
    I agree a SAK is great. I always have one in my pocket (Tinker). But I can't get a good toe nail clipping with SAK scissors and the tweezers have a wide tip which is not good for tick removal, so I carry all three. I guess that makes me a tool-weenie and not a gram-weenie?

  17. #17
    Garlic
    Join Date
    10-15-2008
    Location
    Golden, CO
    Age
    60
    Posts
    5,193
    Images
    2

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by aaronthebugbuffet View Post
    I carried my own finger nail clippers. I'm a gram weenie too so that's really saying something.
    Ditto this, and tweezers are always in my first aid kit. These are about the only metal objects I carry. Tent stakes and a razor blade are the others.
    "Throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence." John Muir on expedition planning

  18. #18
    Registered User turtle fast's Avatar
    Join Date
    11-10-2007
    Location
    Caledonia, Wisconsin
    Age
    44
    Posts
    1,015

    Default

    It sounds like that the Swiss either the Wegner or Victorinox folks need to make a knife that also includes a fine tipped tweezers, and a nail clipper. I had seen a nail clipper that had a knife combo, but it was cheap import garbage.....possible knife request to our Swiss friends for a quality light as possible version incorporating several functions.

  19. #19

    Default

    Another vote on the Swiss Army knife... I have several of the small ones with a knife, screwdriver/file, scissors, tweezers, and toothpick that I've used for over ten years, and I've always used the scissors to cut my nails.

  20. #20
    Registered User
    Join Date
    10-17-2007
    Location
    Michigan
    Age
    58
    Posts
    4,357

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by turtle fast View Post
    It sounds like that the Swiss either the Wegner or Victorinox folks need to make a knife that also includes a fine tipped tweezers, and a nail clipper. I had seen a nail clipper that had a knife combo, but it was cheap import garbage.....possible knife request to our Swiss friends for a quality light as possible version incorporating several functions.
    I went to their web sites and submitted the suggestion. Then I saw Wenger has a nail clipper: http://www.wengerna.com/swiss-clipper-16930
    But it still has the flat tipped tweezer.

    Although this might work too. http://www.wengerna.com/giant-knife-16999
    Attached Images Attached Images

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
++ New Posts ++

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •