Every … once a year? once every other year? I have to buy a package of emery boards to file my nails. I guess I must get enough protein or something because my nails are very strong and I have to basically sand them down every week or so to make them a length that will let me Do Stuff.
When I had my bone tool making class and used both files and sandpaper to work the bones, a lightbulb went off — why am I using emery boards, which are like sandpaper (refining), when what I need to do is file down these suckers?!
So I bought a nail file:
I know this seems like the most miniscule change, but what sold me on this file is that for a little more than the price of a pack of emery boards, I have a file that should last for decades. In fact, the review that sold me on this particular file said that she had bought one in the 1960s, had been using it ever since, and only bought this new one because the plastic handle crumbled off and it was hard to use! If you are interested in the brand, it’s a Pfeilring Sapphire. It has a fine side and a more, ah, rigorous side, so you get the ability to saw down the claws and also shape them nicely 🙂
I hope to never buy another pack of emery boards (and their extra paper and plastic) ever again! Every little bit counts.