How did 15th Century people cut their toenails?

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Zanman, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. Zanman

    Zanman Member

    A serious question since I was just in the bath ...

    How did they cut their toenails 500 years ago? Or their hair for that matter? I think there were no toenail clippers up until about 1910 or so ... Scissors were around but not well designed, far too crude to get that little toe?
  2. my guess is that most people worked hard enough with their hands and feet that the nails broke off/were worn down before it became a problem. Or they could wear them down on rocks. I'm sure there are millions of people throughout the world that have never seen toe nail clippers or scissors right now.
  3. shaggie

    shaggie Senior Member

  4. TrippinBTM

    TrippinBTM Ramblin' Man

    A sharp knife works well enough, I often trim my nails with my box cutter, because I don't really notice my nails till I'm at work, when they're catching on boxes and stuff. That shit hurts, so I trim them down when it happens, because it reminds me. Never done it for my toenails but I'd assume it'd work just as well. Just gotta be careful not to slip.
  5. Zanman

    Zanman Member

    Well man by the pictures I would say not much hurts you LOL
  6. Joe Cool

    Joe Cool Member

    its like a cat grooming itself, we just bit the nails off
  7. yamamamo

    yamamamo Member

    I can just about bite my big toe nails but that's it.
  8. Abyle

    Abyle Member

    The early Romans shaved with crude straight razors after learning men could grab their beards and slit their throats in battle.

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