The issues are, though, that it is an inferior money clip to begin
with, it will only work on a certain thickness of bills - if you
exceed that, then it won't work anymore on a thinner amount....
I realize that the following strays from the original topic. That
I don't mean to be contrary but I have made a number of money clips
of the type you're referring to and I'm afraid my experience differs
considerably. I've used copper, brass, stainless steel and silver and
in all cases the durability of the clip depends a lot on how thick
your material is. I typically use 16 g stock, particularly for the
If a money clip is well hardened, either by heat treatment or work
hardening, then it should be able to accommodate a fairly wide range
of bills. In general my clips can hold anything from a couple bills up
to about 10 or so; I'm assuming the bills are folded in half as is my
custom. While this obviously won't handle all circumstance it's
usually more than adequate.
I've never had a clip fracture or break as you've described. I
suppose that would be possible if the clip were seriously abused and
forced well beyond it's natural capacity but that abuse would be the
fault of the user not the clip itself.
If one does find that they've sprung their clip a little by
over-stuffing it a good squeeze at the fold-over point is usually
more than enough to snug it up. Again, I've done this for years and
still continue to do so successfully.
These comments generally apply to the non-ferrous metals. Stainless
steel is a whole different ball game as it offers a much higher
degree of springiness and is much less likely to suffer from being
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