Many are tormented by the question — why do some grow long nails on his pinky. If you ask the owners of such "decorations", we can hear a lot of options. Someone will tell you what is using the nail as a tool at hand, and someone tells you that he needs it for his beauty. But the custom is to grow the nail, it appears, very old and used it at different times for different purposes.
It is believed that the nails on the fingers of the left hand began to grow in the 17th century the European nobility. Nail was a purely practical value, they opened the letter, sealed with wax seals. In classrooms and offices did special knives, but in the "field" conditions, this can only be done with a sword or a long nail.
Of course, sword to open the letter was extremely uncomfortable, so the aristocrats were grown on the little finger of the left hand special nail. In his right hand held a weapon, and the left was as if not in deeds and device for printing correspondence never stopped anyone. But even left-handed problems with such a nail does not arise, as in fencing the primary role of the index, middle and ring fingers.
The fashion for long nails in the high society persisted until the early 20th century, until the letters started to not seal with wax, and glue. But in France in the 18th century the nail on the little finger had another appointment, more delicate. One time knocking on doors was considered a sign of bad taste and a well-educated nobles was scratching the nail. Certainly "to discretise" up sleeping ladies was not easy, but the fact remains.
In the 20th century the nail on the little finger of the privileges of the aristocrats was a sign of a person involved in the criminal world. In the Soviet, and later Russian prisons and colonies of the nail could afford only authoritative inmates. Thieves and different "polozhentsev" has not worked and nail as if to say that his master was not used to dirty hands and can afford to get my nails done.
Often pinkie learned card cheats, who long nails helped make fraudulent eat, called "volt". Nail "katale" masterly shared the card, ensuring that the order in the deck, which is necessary for them. The youth of the environment, which has always been a popular criminal romance, imitated the representatives of the criminal world and got himself a nail.
In the 70‑ies of the last century in the United States started this drug boom. It was convenient to separate the portions of cocaine or heroin drug dealers and addicts simple used the nail on his little finger. Used it for cocaine — with a nail "was snakeware" portion of the powder. That is what got the measure of weight of cocaine under the name of the nail (the nail).
Today, most men with the nail on his little finger just think that it's original and stylish. In Asia, where some guys do not cut the nails for months, decoration on the little finger can reach an astounding length.