glass nail file

Nail care, nail problems, and the use of nails in playing the classical guitar.
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Re: glass nail file

Post by aokoye » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:19 pm

I really like the glass file I got from Strings by Mail. It was $7.99 not including shipping (which i think was an addition $4 but it got here two days later) and they also sell micro-mesh buffing/filing paper.

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Re: glass nail file

Post by Florentin Tise » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:27 pm

got one for $8
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Re: glass nail file

Post by riemsesy » Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:09 pm

they sell those for 3 euro in almost every pharmacy/beautystore here in NL I bought 5 of them for my daughters and wife (yes.. 4 daughters :) then you have to keep it cheap :D )

i don't like how thick those glassy files are so, i use a standard metal file with diamond dust on it.. one side is fine and the other more rough.. then I scratch my trousers with my nails after filing, and that makes them smooth enough (in my opinion)
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Re: glass nail file

Post by Luuttuaja » Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:47 pm

I bought an inexpensive glass nail file and I'm happy with it. As somebody already told here, it just removes quite a lot with just one stroke so I have to use it carefully. Rubbing the nails to jeans or other trousers after using the file will make them good for playing.

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Re: glass nail file

Post by UKsteve » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:30 pm

The Wolfram is by far the best I have ever used; way smoother finish. Not all glass nail files are the same - visit the Wolfram site for more info.
No, I don't have shares in the company - it's just a great product for peanuts. I hated filing my nails before I got a Wolfram - now I positively enjoy it.

Honestly, when many of us here spend thousands on a guitar, it makes no sense whatsoever to then skimp on strings, files etc.

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Re: glass nail file

Post by celestemcc » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:32 pm

How does Wolfram compare to the SBM file? I have the latter and find it very fine, far superior to the drugstore kind, but still curious about Wolfram.
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Re: glass nail file

Post by petermc61 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:08 pm

celestemcc wrote:How does Wolfram compare to the SBM file? I have the latter and find it very fine, far superior to the drugstore kind, but still curious about Wolfram.
I think it is better, though not dramatically so in practice.

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Re: glass nail file

Post by petermc61 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:13 pm

Luuttuaja wrote:I bought an inexpensive glass nail file and I'm happy with it. As somebody already told here, it just removes quite a lot with just one stroke so I have to use it carefully. Rubbing the nails to jeans or other trousers after using the file will make them good for playing.
Rubbing nails on jeans after using a glass nail file is not, in my opinion, enough to make them good to go. Try polishing with a few grades of micromesh sheet and feel and hear the difference (say 3200, 4000, 8000). Even better, buy the 2500 - 12000 set sold by SBM.

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Re: glass nail file

Post by celestemcc » Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:10 pm

Peter, thanks, re the Wolfram file. And agree, a glass file is wonderful, but not enough. Micromesh sheet or some other kind of nail finisher (eg, the Oasis one) gives a gorgeous finish. Years ago I was taught to reverse the fine grade paper (this was before micromesh) and rub the edges of my nails on the paper side: makes them perfectly smooth. Today the 12000 mesh will do that.
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Re: glass nail file

Post by astro64 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 10:23 pm

petermc61 wrote:
Luuttuaja wrote:I bought an inexpensive glass nail file and I'm happy with it. As somebody already told here, it just removes quite a lot with just one stroke so I have to use it carefully. Rubbing the nails to jeans or other trousers after using the file will make them good for playing.
Rubbing nails on jeans after using a glass nail file is not, in my opinion, enough to make them good to go. Try polishing with a few grades of micromesh sheet and feel and hear the difference (say 3200, 4000, 8000). Even better, buy the 2500 - 12000 set sold by SBM.
I completely agree. Not possible to get smooth nails that way, unless you taped some micro mesh or 2000 grit used sandpaper to those jeans.

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Re: glass nail file

Post by Luuttuaja » Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:15 pm

Ok, thanks for commenting. Then I think have to check out that Micromesh thing. I haven't heard of that before.

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Re: glass nail file

Post by edward_z » Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:40 am

I read through a lot posts here. Your suggestion is still valid as of today, that is 3-years after your original answer. Since Wolfram is out of stock right now, I will get one SBM nail file. Thank you,
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Strings by Mail sell them, or try searching for Wolfram Precision Crystal.

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Re: glass nail file

Post by Amy Gaudia » Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:35 pm

These are what I bought from the Amazonians...

Mont Bleu set of 3 crystal nail files

The 3 different sizes are very nice. You can keep one in your car, and file while sitting at a traffic light. The large one is excellent for your toe nails because it's so big you don't have to bend over so far to groom your toe nails. (And of course, that is important for playing Bach with your feet!)
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Re: glass nail file

Post by Chuah Hui Hsien » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:35 am

I bought Germany made TITANIA glass file and sapphire files from a pharmacy.For nail papers I like the TAMIYA abrasive for modellers in hobby shop.

I found glass file alone couldn't complete the job,I need the sapphire file to get to the corners.
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Re: glass nail file

Post by malc laney » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:17 am

Thanks to this thread , i bought a Leighton Denny glass chappie , and my wife and i have never looked back!

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