I had been looking for a nail clipper that would be easier to use than the little ones that I've had in the past. I have some arthritis in my hands and had to have some thumb joint surgery so it really helps that these clippers are much easier to handle. In the past it seemed like the little ones that you see everywhere were almost impossible to get a good grip on. I had even entertained buying the $50 ones that I saw in Dwell magazine. No need to now.