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In February, 2010 I was trying to clip my toenails and, as usual, struggled to get the nail between the jaws. So I thought, Why dont they make clippers that curve like my nails?� After not finding what I wanted on the Web started thinking through everything it would take to make a pair like I wanted. Little did I know I was embarking on a fascinating education in metallurgy and manufacturing. As an electrical engineer and programmer, I was not perfectly prepared for this endeavor. But I did have a couple years experience using a small milling machine. That proved invaluable. Then I learned how to use Rhinoceros, a great little CAD program. And with that, was able to find the geometric secret of matching compound curves. OK, fine. What kind of steel should I use?

Most clippers use steel that can be hardened but to avoid corrosion they must be nickel or chrome plated. I am guessing 1018 spring steel. At least that�s what I would try first if I didn�t mind the plating process. Besides there being few plating companies in my area of Huntsville, Al. I also did not want the added expense of developing a plating process and having to deal with the EPA and who knows how many environmental organizations. So stainless steel seemed to fit my needs. It comes in 2 grades, 300 and 400 series. The 400 series can be hardened through heat treatment.

My first working pair were made in December, 2010. Eight months after I began.

So far, in 2011, I have redesigned the clipper and all the fixtures and tooling necessary for low rate production. Quality control is being implemented throughout the process to increase yield and lower costs.

Thank you for your interest in how this got started.

Sincerely,

Willie Maddox
Patriot Edge
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Non-Slip Stainless Steel Nail Clippers American Made
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