The NailbonE nail care tool is designed for people who simply want or need to clean underneath their fingernails. When compared to traditional methods of nail cleaning, the NailbonE offers numerous advantages in addition to being more cost effective.
The NailbonE- so named because of it's "dogbone" shaped semblance- is constructed of plastic with two ridged, conically- shaped, differently-sized attachments on each end of a simple handle. When these ridged devices are turned underneath the fingernail, the ridges gently scrape away accumulated dirt trapped in the nail.
The NailbonE features two cleaning bits of different diameters to accommodate different sized fingers and to allow more detailed cleaning with the smaller bit. (Although the prototypes are crude, you can see what I mean in the header photo- the NailbonE at the top with a larger and smaller cleaning bit on either end)
After use, the NailbonE is wiped clean with a tissue or alcohol swab, ready for reuse.
In the home, many people clean their nails with a nailbrush. In addition to being quicker and more effective, the NailbonE requires no water or soap. For those using an "Orange Stick" (or, in many cases whatever tool is handy and fits), The NailbonE is more comfortable and safer, with regards to cuts or nicks on the skin under the nail.
As mentioned in my brief video, at places in which "orange sticks" are commonly used is where I believe an exceptional marketing opportunity exists for the NailbonE; Nursing homes and other similar care facilities. The NailbonE provides greater ease of use, is faster at performing nail care than sticks, is less expensive (both in the long term and possibly the short term as well), requires less storage space and most importantly: eliminates discomfort, and the possibility of injury and injury-related infection.
A common sense argument could also be made the the NailbonE is better for the environment- in spite of being manufactured of plastic- due to it's inherent reusability.
At minimum, it is my goal to use my Kickstarter funding to patent the NailbonE and fulfill the reward pledges. It is my sincere hope that I have a successful campaign, so as to create interest with the right parties to partner with, who have the resources and infrastructure necessary to produce the NailbonE. If, by chance, I exceed my funding goal , I will seek to create the manufacturing and shipping facilities myself. I have purchased the domain name, "Nailbone.com", and will create content for that page as soon as time becomes available.
As a postscript to this project description, I want you to know that I attempted to film the NailbonE in action to demonstrate it's effectiveness. However, the lens on my camera will not focus close enough to show proper detail. So if you doubt my claims... Try it at home! Have you noticed that the working ends of the NailbonE look familiar? Yep, just like toothpaste caps. Some toothpaste caps have ridges that are rounded on the edges, and some have ridges that are more "pointy" (like the brand Crest; the travel sized tube) Get a toothpaste cap with the pointy ridges and clean the gunk under your nails. Without a handle the cap may be difficult to hold properly, but it should work well enough to show you how effective the NailbonE can be in everyday use. Keep in mind also that a production version of the NailbonE would be even more effective, as it would have ridges that are custom designed for the purpose of cleaning -not to mention a handle.
I really think that in spite of it's relatively obscure niche, the NailbonE could be a very successful product that has the potential to substantially improve a commonly overlooked necessity in personal grooming. Simple and inexpensive, the NailbonE offers the advantage of both cost and time savings, eliminates incidence of injury or infection, and reduced inventory and shipping costs to the institutional user.
I really believe the NailbonE is a simple yet extraordinary idea... And I hope you will as well.
Thanks and take care!
Risks and challenges
As explained, my primary goal at this time is to secure patent protection and draw attention to the improved utility offered by the NailbonE with the publicity inherently generated by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Merely succeeding in meeting my funding goal and obtaining a patent is unsatisfactory- the NailbonE has to be produced to be considered a success.
It is my hope that a successful funding campaign would attract the attention of a suitable manufacturing partner that would help me promote and produce the NailbonE in significant numbers.
Should this somehow turn out to not be the case, than I will undertake the slow and tedious process of proving that a market exists for the NailbonE by producing it myself and selling it exclusively over the internet.
Obviously, there are significant advantages to constructing a single piece, injection molded NailbonE, over a NailbonE constructed of caps and cemented together on a plastic rod in terms of production capacity and cost. But, one way or another, I will bring this device to the market.
- (28 days)