About ten years ago I received a Nailoid Crystal Nail File as a gift. It was a Secret Santa present so I've absolutely no idea which of my work colleagues gave this to me or what it cost, although the upper limit for Secret Santa presents back then was about £3.50.
Once I'd opened my present to reveal the file in its protective plastic pack, I read the blurb on the back which informed me that I now possessed a nail file which would last a lifetime and I remember at the time thinking "Yeah, right!" I was probably less enthusiastic than I should have been about this gift, considering it to be a bit of a let down when compared to the bottles of wine, boxes of chocolates and various other luscious looking items my colleagues seemed to be unwrapping, but ten years on I'm still using that nail file and have also recently bought another one to keep in the office.
About the manufacturer:
Nailoid have been specialising in nail treatments and have been marketed as a brand for over a hundred years. They offer a huge range of nail care products ranging from creams and anti-nail biting preparations to polishes and nail care accessories, including this file.
Price and availability:
As the original file was a gift I'm unsure how much that one cost but I've just purchased an additional file from an Amazon reseller, annsbeautysupplies, for £5.99 with free postage and packing. There are other sites on the web offering this file but the Amazon price is the lowest I've found.
I'm lucky that I've been blessed with strong and well shaped nails and since I gave up biting them in my early teens when I was given a nail buffing set, I've always taken pride in keeping them looking their best, so I suppose whoever gave me my original file thought they'd come up with an inspired choice of gift and they were right.
To look at the Crystal Nail File is nothing special. It's just over 5 inches long (13.5 cm) and tapers to a sharp point which is great for cleaning out any debris under the nail or for pushing back the cuticles. It's made from micro-lead crystal and has a slightly roughened surface which has an almost velvety feel which gradually deepens in colour from the colourless pointed business end to the deep blue 'handle' where the glass is polished and smooth to the touch. The picture on Amazon shows a selection of seven colours (white, red, deep pink, yellow, green, orange and blue) although if buying through Amazon the only colour options currently available are blue or red.
The file feels only very slightly rough almost like unpolished glass or the smoothing off side of an emery board and gives the impression that it will be useless for filing nails. However, first impressions can be very wrong. This is a superb implement which, if used correctly, leaves nails completely smooth and without any ragged edges and is fine enough to smooth off the nail plate (the flat part of the nail) if necessary. Nails should only be filed in one direction using a gentle stroking action which will help prevent the nail tip from weakening.
Regular cleaning of the file is recommended, not only for the obvious hygiene reasons of cleaning any debris from the surfaces but immersion in hot water also revitalises the filing surface.
Although made of glass, this is a very robust file. I've dropped it many times without it coming to any harm though if dropped onto a very hard surface this might not be the case!
I highly recommend the Nailoid Results Crystal Nail File. This rather unprepossessing piece of glass is well worth the investment and over the years has proved to be an invaluable piece of manicure equipment. It gets a big (and well cared for) thumbs up from me and deserves every one of the five stars I've awarded it.