Slice Cutting Tools: A Safer, More Durable Choice

Cutting tools, ubiquitous in industrial workplaces, present two common problems: they cause lacerations and they dull quickly. Slice®’s unique safer cutting tools tackle these issues.

Safer Cutting Tools

Most cutting tools use metal blades, and metal dulls relatively quickly. This is the reason traditional blades, when new, are overly sharp: it helps them last longer. Unfortunately, It also makes them unnecessarily dangerous.

Blades pose the greatest risk when they’re too sharp or too dull. Sharp blades cut skin easily and overly dull blades require greater force, which increases the chance of slips. Traditional ceramic blades mimic the overly sharp, thin design popularized by metal blade manufacturers, creating blades that are just as sharp, and therefore just as dangerous.

The most popular way to increase cutting tool safety is to reduce blade exposure with automatic retraction. Slice offers manual and auto-retractable options for many of our tool models.

Within our line of utility knives, we offer a third option, the Smart-Retracting Utility Knife, which requires that the slider remains engaged⸺as with an auto-retractable tool. Additionally, the blade must stay in contact with the material you’re cutting. That is, if there’s no pressure on the blade, it will retract even if the slider is engaged. The handle design you choose depends on application, preference, and the level of safety required.

Slice doesn’t limit safety design to the handle because, in the end, it’s not the handle that cuts you, it’s the blade. Slice is the only manufacturer to make a truly safer blade. Our blades are made of 100 percent zirconium oxide, an advanced ceramic. We apply our patent-pending edge grind, making the blades finger-friendly®: they’re safe enough to touch.

Traditional blades, be they metal or ceramic, are overly sharp out of the box.  Slice blades are effectively sharp able to cut common workplace materials from the start. All Slice tools are ergonomically designed, which means they’re comfortable and easy to use. Our innovative approach leads to some unique designs within our line of box cutters, starting with the original Red Dot Design winner, our 10400 Manual Box Cutter.

In a workplace setting, tools will be handled by many people, both right-handed and left-handed. Slice tools are ambidextrous. Some require no adjustment to switch between left- and right-handed use, while others let you flip the blade orientation to switch the handedness of the tool. All blade removal and adjustment is tool free and easy.

More Durable Cutting Tools

The main challenge for blades, in terms of durability, is wear resistance. How many cuts can a utility knife sustain before it’s too dull? That depends, in part, on what material it’s cutting, but one thing is certain: a steel blade is actually fairly soft.

Slice’s blade design takes advantage of the inherent hardness of advanced ceramics. Zirconium oxide is several factors harder than steel: an 8.2 on the Mohs scale of hardness, compared with steel, at a relatively low 4.5. Through a combination of materials and design, we’ve created a blade that lasts up to 11 times longer than metal blades, as proven in independent, third-party testing.

Slice also uses durable, high-quality materials for our handles: the majority are made of extremely strong, yet lightweight, glass-filled nylon. The rest are metal handles, in order to offer users a choice.

At Slice, Inc., safety concerns go beyond innovative tool design. Not only do we make a truly safer safety knife, we also write a Workplace Safety Blog.