W.E. Bassett CompanyTrim (1947)
Founded in 1939 in Shelton, Connecticut, W.E. Bassett Company offers foot care and personal care products. The inventor of the nail clipper is not exactly known, but in 1896, the ‘Gem’-brand (a discontinued brand from W.E. Bassett) finger nail clipper with a jaw-construction made its first appearance.
Bassett developed the ‘Trim’-brand nail clipper in 1949, the first made using modern manufacturing methods. It was based on the superior jaw-style design that had been around since the 19th century, but they added two nibs near the base of the file to prevent lateral movement, and a thumb-swerve in the lever.
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