In 1956 Mr. Yoshio Okada, the founder of OLFA CORPORATION, invented the world’s first SNAP-OFF BLADE CUTTER.
The inspiration for this incredible idea came from breaking off segments of chocolate bars and analyzing the snap edges of broken glass. This unique invention has since become a worldwide best seller and is commonly referred to as an OLFA CUTTER.
Yoshio Okada also invented the world’s first rotary cutter. It revolutionized how people cut fabric by switching them from using scissors to rolling a circular blade over the material. OLFA’s rotary cutters are used around the world today by quilters.
The name of “OLFA” comes from two Japanese words, which, when translated, mean “to break a blade”.The OLFA parallelogram logo is taken from the shape of a snap-off blade.
The snap-off blade cutter was conceived as an economical, safe and efficient cutter knife that would always give users a sharp blade edge to work with by having them snap off the old blade edge.
It revolutionized how people cut materials by greatly improving work efficiency. The angle and length of the invented blades eventually became de facto world standards. Today, snap-off blade cutters are used around the world.