How To Clip Your Nails One-Handed

April 17, 2012 — 20 Comments


I fully understand this is kind of nasty.  The sound of nails being clipped is like nails on a chalkboard to me.  When people do it at work (WHY??) I walk around to find the culprit and then judge them in my mind.  Seriously.

Don't clip your nails at work. It's gross.

That said, I’ve had numerous requests to see how I do it.  And I’m nothing if I don’t do whatever anyone tells me to do.

Enjoy the video!

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20 responses to How To Clip Your Nails One-Handed

  1. i walked in on tate clipping his nails in exactly this manner when he was MAYBE three years old.

    now? he just bites them. *sigh* YOU GUYS!

  2. Yeah, turned away when the clippings started flying all over 🙂 This is one of the only things I do sans prosthesis. I take a knee, set the nail clipper on the top of my leg and press down the same way you do. I’ll have to give your way a try.

  3. This is hilarious and wonderful. As always, love your attitude, candor and humor. Thanks again!!

  4. Ivor (England) April 19, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Well, self-deprecation knows no limits with you, I guess, Ryan!

    My wife does mine even though I am two-handed and my toes too..

    Why not try that system too?

  5. Very helpful. You make it look easy.

  6. Melanie Pierce April 20, 2012 at 1:09 am

    My son Noah (just turned 6, same limb difference as you, Ryan) wants me to let you know that he already figured this one out. (Isn’t he smart?) Now my 8 year-old son, with two “normal” hands still can’t clip his own nails, but that’s another story. 🙂

  7. Hey just wanted to tell you thanks for your website, my daughter is 4 and she “does things one handed, Bing”, she loves your videos, and my wife and I are grateful to have such a wonderful source to get pointers from. I’m sure your site will remain on our favorites list and she will grow up with you. Thanks!

    • Awesome! Thanks for letting me know, Ben. I really appreciate it. I’m glad it’s been helpful so far! Stay in touch! 🙂

  8. I had a stroke, rendering me one handed.I built a lever to clip my nails that uses a standard clipper.Tell me where to send a picture! Share the knowledge…Dano…(When folks ask me how I’m doing,I reply,”Not half bad….”

  9. Hey Ryan: I have only een one handed for one year, and I just discovered you and your site today ! It seems that you and I look at life with a smile on our face and hope in our pocket and that is a positive way to go. My wrist was broken while I was working on a dementia ward and after it healed it turned into CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). VERY painful and it has left me one haded as my left hand has about 4% function, and that is coming from my index finger that is curled into the letter ‘C’. Anyway very niceto find you and I will be back to check you out some more.

    Sincerely Just Val

  10. I use a block of wood and screw the clippers to it.

  11. Brilliant! well done. this helped me a lot.

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