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glass nail file

Postby BigGingerFro » Mon Mar 30, 2015 3:34 pm

A couple of more experienced players that I know insist that the best way to shape your nails is with a glass file, however I am having difficulty finding one. Where would I find such a file and would a regular file coupled with fine grained sandpaper suffice?

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Re: glass nail file

Postby petermc61 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:13 pm

Strings by Mail sell them, or try searching for Wolfram Precision Crystal.

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Postby Kjetil Heggelund » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:55 pm

You NEED it :-)
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Re: glass nail file

Postby kdwiklund » Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:02 pm

I find a glass file and a slight buff with very fine sandpaper works the best for me. I have the Wolfram file though it ships from the UK. SBM ships from the U.S. All of that said, I know many folks who use a regular file with sandpaper and get good results. (As I did for many years.)
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Re: glass nail file

Postby Guitar-ded » Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:08 pm

A small caveat. Watch out when you start with a glass file as they can remove more nail material in one stroke than you may be used to so go gently.

Strings by Mail (often known here as SBM) also sell cheap little disposable files that have two grades of sandpaper and two grades of buffer-type material on each side as you need to smooth the nail where you've just filed it to get the string moving smoothly over the nail. These are grey/white and pink/black on the two sides - so you can identify them on SBM.
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Re: glass nail file

Postby Rick-in-Annapolis » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:32 pm

I don't know how much SBM charges for a glass file, but I bought mine from a local beauty supply
store for about $6.00, and no shipping.

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Re: glass nail file

Postby Moje » Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:54 pm

The cheap glass ones are already great (if you get on the phone I'd be surprised if nobody in your area had them,) much better than typical metal files as they don't tear the nail fibers. I have a Wolfram on order and I'm sure the SBM version is good too, if you really want to go berserk get some MicroMesh (also available from SBM,) it's a long-lasting alternative to sandpaper and comes in insanely fine grits.
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Re: glass nail file

Postby markodarko » Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:00 am

I bought mine from the amazonian jungle website. Search for "Crystal Nail File" in their "beauty" section and you'll get a bajillion results. I went with one by "Fabulous Nail Files" as it had great reviews.

I like that it came in a handy case too because then it's easy to chuck in a bag / neck compartment of a case without it breaking or filing away something you don't want it to file away. After using it I just wash it with soap and water and dab-dry with a towel and it's good to go again for next time.

It cost me £10 - not cheap, but it is fabulous, daaaarling! :-D
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Re: glass nail file

Postby herb » Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:46 am

The good thing about having the glass nail file in a case is the protection it affords. I bought mine at my hair salon, and my beautician warned me that the file will break easily if dropped. Herb

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Re: glass nail file

Postby Steve Kutzer » Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:56 am

I prefer a ceramic file.
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Re: glass nail file

Postby Moje » Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:09 am

Steve Kutzer wrote:I prefer a ceramic file.


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Re: glass nail file

Postby Florentin Tise » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:28 pm

Rick-in-Annapolis wrote:...I bought mine from a local beauty supply
store for about $6.00, and no shipping.


do you think any regular beauty supply store would carry this?
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Re: glass nail file

Postby Florentin Tise » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:47 pm

just bought one from Sally's Beauty Supply.
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Re: glass nail file

Postby markodarko » Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:37 pm

herb wrote:my beautician warned me that the file will break easily if dropped. Herb


Hold the phone... Glass breaks when dropped?! :wink:
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Re: glass nail file

Postby huckleberry » Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:56 pm

The durability of a glass nail file depends highly on what it's made from - all glass is not made equal. My Wolfram files are made from Bohemia crystal glass with a heat-treated hardened surface. No, they're not indestructible, but they are unlikely to break if dropped. The worst that will happen if dropped onto a very hard surface is a chip and, being tempered glass, that will not be a sharp break.

They are more vulnerable to being aggressively (i.e. abusively) bent, which may cause them to break.

Again, this applies to the Wolfram files - I can't say what other glass nail files are made from, and certainly the cheap stamped Chinese ones are likely to splinter easily as they are made from common glass.

To all who have a Wolfram file on order - thanks for ordering, and we're almost ready with the next batch and I'll be shipping them out very soon. These are not mass-produced - there are currently fewer than 150 Precision : Crystal files in the world - but we should be good to ship in the next week. Thanks for your patience.

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