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Peter Bevan

Best manicure sets for men to keep your nails ship shape at home in 2023

Our hands can say a lot about us.

You may stick to a multi-step skincare regime, visit the barber every two weeks to keep your barnet looking sharp and spend hours in the gym working on your fitness, but even the most well-groomed gentleman can be let down by an unkempt pair of mitts. So, if you’re someone whose nail regime doesn’t go further than using a pair of clippers, keep reading.

Investing in a manicure set is important to give your hands the care they deserve. Housing all of the essential tools you need in one compact, accessible place, they’re a travel-friendly, easy-to-use solution that gives you no excuse for paws that are looking worse for wear.

There are four utensils every kit should contain; scissors, clippers, a multi-use nail file and tweezers which are most often made from anti-tarnish stainless steel. With these in your arsenal, you’ll be able to keep your nails looking neat and tidy and your cuticles healthy. Then, for those who are more advanced in the hand-care field, there are more comprehensive sets which may include toe nail clippers, cuticle nippers or nail bed tools, as well.

The good news? There are countless male-oriented designs on the market that are equal parts style and substance. From a classic leather roll-up at Paul Smith to Aspinal of London’s suede-lined case, if you invest in a quality set, it’s sure to live happily in your grooming collection for years to come.

Now, all you need is the luxury hand cream to match.

Keep scrolling for the best.

Gentlemen's Hardware Manicure Kit Pouch

If you subscribe to all things gorpcore, then this utilitarian set by Gentlemen’s Hardware is the one for you. With neon accents, a durable zip closure and four no-nonsense stainless steel utensils, your grooming essentials will be stored neatly and effectively - whether you prefer to keep them in your bathroom cabinet or your rucksack for on-the-go maintenance.

Buy now £20.00, John Lewis

Paul Smith + Mantidy Leather Grooming Roll

A manicure kit that marries Paul Smith’s luxury craftsmanship with Mantidy’s expertise in grooming, this set is an investment that’s worth it. Featuring six tools housed in a stylish leather roll, even the most sophisticated gents would be proud to travel with this in tow.

Buy now £100.00, Paul Smith

Aspinal of London Men’s Manicure Set

Aspinal of London is a go-to for luxury leather goods - and the mani set is no exception. From the smooth black outer and lively suede cobalt blue lining, to the travel-friendly size and optional personalisation, it’s a sophisticated kit you’ll be proud to display.

Buy now £95.00, Aspinal of London

Manscaped The Shears 2.0 Luxury Nail Kit

Founded in 2016, in just eight years grooming specialist Manscaped has become a cult-favourite - and for good reason. Its range of products covers every grooming need imaginable, from a body shaver to a cleanser for your, ahem, delicate areas - and what grooming regime would be complete without a nail kit?

Featuring slant-tipped tweezers, rounded point scissors, clippers and a nail file, this set covers all of the basics - and the satisfying magnetic closure takes the leather case to the next sophisticated level.

Buy now £20.00, Manscaped

Mühle Travel Manicure Set In Cowhide Case

When considering the durable stainless steel utensils and natural cowhide case, you can be sure that Mühle’s manicure set is one that will certainly stand the test of time. The more you use it, the richer the leather’s patina will become - and your hand will benefit, too. A win-win.

Buy now £145.00, Amazon

Tweezerman G.E.A.R. Essential Grooming Kit

Tweezerman is a household name when it comes to grooming. Offering quality utensils at a wallet-friendly price, it’s a brand that should be on the list of every clean-cut gent. With scissors, clippers, tweezers and a nail file, all in a sleek leather wallet, this is a fuss-free collection of the essentials every man needs in their grooming arsenal.

Buy now £32.00, Cult Beauty

Czech & Speake Gold Plated Manicure Set

If it’s luxury you want, Czech & Speake has you covered. Not only are the eight handmade utensils plated in 24-carat gold, but they’re also Teflon coated so they repel dirt and reduce oxidisation too. Even better, the stone leather case with a cream interior is a masterclass in understated sophistication.

Buy now £545.00, Harrods

Zwilling Premium 5-pcs Calf Leather Snap Fastener Case Taupe

Famous for its quality range of knives and cookware, Zwilling is a brand that knows its way around precision utensils - and its grooming tools certainly deliver. Whether you’re travelling or simply attending to your mitts at home, this nifty set is the perfect size to stow away in any drawer or bag - and features all of the nail-related essentials.

Buy now £149.95, Zwilling

Society Paris Travel Nail Kit

Society Paris is on a mission to elevate everyday experiences, injecting aesthetically pleasing details to the most mundane of tasks - from fixing your bike to making a cocktail. This time, it’s trimming your nails that’s been given a glow-up. The brand’s kit includes four essential tools in a minimal zip-up travel case.

Buy now £39.95, Parasol

Truefitt & Hill Faux Crocodile LEather Framed Manicure Set - 5 Piece

Lauded as the world’s oldest barbershop, Truefitt & Hill has been keeping men looking sharp since its foundation over two centuries ago. So, it’s only natural that their manicure set is one of the best. It includes five must-have tools - cuticle scissors, nail clippers, tweezers, a nail file and a pocket knife - which are housed in a smart mock-croc case. The height of digit-care sophistication.

Buy now £141.00, Truefitt & Hill

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