Because quality counts, OLFA designs, develops and manufactures its products in Japan.
Ever since Yoshio Okada, the founder of OLFA CORPORATION, invented the world's first snap-off blade cutter in 1956, OLFA has been committed to developing practical and safe hand-held cutting tools.
OLFA brand blades are made with top quality materials, forged with technologies that stem from traditional sword-making, sharpened with technologies that give a blade life, and ultimately finished with the craftsmanship that brings all of this together.
The holders and handles that allow users to gain the full cutting performance of these high quality blades are designed, developed and manufactured in Japan and subjected to stringent quality checks throughout the process.
OLFA is proud of the unwavering quality that goes into every product it makes.
Tools that improve how people cut materials
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.
Since then, OLFA has been committed to making tools that improve how people cut materials by developing products that not only attain an inimitable level of sharpness but that are also practical to use from the user's standpoint. This includes -- for example -- professional-grade tools used at construction sites, in packaging and shipping operations, and office work, as well as tools used in the artistic world for papercrafts, quilting, modeling and more.
OLFA makes a wide range of products that are used in diverse ways. See for yourself how easy to use OLFA's products are. After all, every OLFA product is the result of repeated design and prototyping, and OLFA's attention to detail.
The body color of OLFA products was selected in 1967 by Yoshio Okada. He decided on a soft yellow color similar to egg yolk because it was associated with “safety” and “familiar” images.
With hand-held cutting tools, quality weighs heavily on user safety. And, because safety is always a top priority, OLFA is very demanding when it comes to quality. This is the underlying principle of OLFA's official corporate color -- yellow.