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Box Cutters

What is a Box Cutter?

Box cutters are compact, handheld tools that cut thin materials such as corrugated packaging or plastic film. This kind of tool is common both in household and industrial use, and steel-blade cutters are a major cause of laceration injuries in the workplace. The best box cutter includes safety features, such as limited blade exposure, on-board retraction capability, and ergonomic handle design.

Tools like the Slice Manual Box Cutter have blades with multiple position settings. Choose a blade length that matches the material you're working with and retract the blade when your safety box cutter is not in use. In this way, the tool exposes just enough edge to make a clean cut, reducing the risk of injury. The Slice Auto-Retractable Box Cutter combines the blade with a spring-loaded mechanism that retracts the blade automatically when you let go of the slider button.

What Type of Blades Do Slice Box Cutters Have?

Our safety cutters use double-ended, Slice ceramic blades that last 10 times longer than steel products. We use zirconium oxide, second only to diamonds in hardness. The resulting slow-to-dull edge requires fewer blade changes, reducing long-term replacement costs. Slice's proprietary manufacturing process results in an edge that cuts effectively while creating finger-friendly blades that are safe to the touch.

Our ceramic safety blades are chemically inert and won't rust. They're also non-conductive and anti-magnetic. Slice box cutters come with reversible, rounded-tip blades that improve box cutter safety. Replacement box cutter blades are available with either rounded or pointed tips. Slice ceramic box cutters feature tool-free handle designs that simplify blade replacement.

What Box Cutter Handle Options Are Available?

Slice tools feature glass-filled nylon handles that are durable and easy to grip. Slice box cutters have an award-winning J-hook handle design that protects the user from hazards like staples and from repetitive strain injuries. When not in use, our safety box cutter knife's J-hook handle allows you to hang the tool with the blade outside your pocket.

All of our box cutter knives have ambidextrous handles and controls, as do the Slice Manual Pen Cutter and Slice Auto-Retractable Pen Cutter. Most have a lanyard hole in the handle that helps prevent loss. Slice pen cutters and the mini cutter use the same Slice replacement blades as our box cutters and are compact enough to fit in a small drawer. In addition to a lanyard hole, the Slice Mini Cutter's handle is magnetized to keep the tool within easy reach.

What About Utility Knives as Box Cutters?

While Slice ceramic utility knives and box cutters share many safety features, they do have different blades and handle configurations. When working with a limited selection of thinner materials, buy a box cutter, pen cutter or a Slice Mini Cutter. Tools like the Slice Auto-Retractable Utility Knife have longer blades for making deeper cuts. Cutting tasks like triple-walled corrugated may benefit from the longer reach of a Manual Utility Knife blade. Once you understand when and how to use a box cutter instead of a utility knife, you'll enjoy the added safety these tools offer.

What Does Auto-Retractable Mean?

Tools with auto retraction require pressure on the slide control to keep the cutting edge extended. If the user releases the button, the blade automatically retracts into the handle. This design enhances box cutter safety because the blade stays hidden when it's not in use. Products like the Slice Smart-Retracting Utility Knife take cutting safety a step further than standard retractable box cutters. A push slider provides a natural grip that reduces hand fatigue, and the blade automatically retracts into the safety cutter handle when it loses contact with the material you're cutting, even if you're still holding the control. Health and safety officers will appreciate this added layer of safety to reduce workplace injuries.

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