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About Slice

Our Story

Slice was founded in 2008 by TJ Scimone. Always looking for new ideas, he collaborated with renowned designers to reimagine everyday cutting products, making them safer and easier to use. Since that time, Slice has developed a collection of award-winning safety cutters that increase productivity, lower costs, and, most importantly, reduce injuries. Slice tools are now used in major industries around the world.

Scimone founded Slice as a way to help fund long-term care for his autistic son. One percent of all Slice sales are donated to autism research.

At Slice, we know what’s important. We value safety, innovation, quality, simplicity, and community. These core values are evident in everything we do, from tool design to customer service.

Slice Values

These are the ideas at the heart of the Slice brand. They guide us in every aspect of our business.

Safety: reducing injuries and preventing accidents
Innovation: rethinking safety; fresh perspectives in all we do
Quality: creating quality products and quality relationships
Community: giving one percent for autism research
Simplicity: creating intuitive, easy-to-use products; clear communication with our customers

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Fresh Thinking = Smart Design

Slice’s innovative tools reflect our fresh thinking. We collaborate with acclaimed designers to reimagine every aspect of tool use from the perspective of safety, ergonomics, and efficiency. The result is a cleanly-designed line of durable, effective, cutting tools.

Slice makes safer versions of traditional tools like box cutters, utility knives, pen cutters, and craft knives. We've also developed ceramic micro-blade technology with innovative tools like our Precision Cutter and Safety Cutter. Whenever possible, Slice tools are ambidextrous and offer tool-free blade replacement.

Slice, Inc. is a proud member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Safety Council.

ASSE and NSC

Our Safety Is in the Blade

Most safety cutter brands look for new ways to design their handles. While these innovations are helpful, they don’t solve the core problem. After all, what cuts you: the handle or the blade? Slice went back to basics and developed a safer blade, using advanced ceramics. 

Because steel is a relatively soft material, it dulls quickly. To give steel blades a useful working life, manufacturers sharpen it far beyond what’s necessary. This workaround sacrifices worker safety for longevity. Slice uses 100 percent zirconium oxide, an extremely hard material that doesn’t need to be oversharpened in order to maintain its edge. This allowed us to develop a proprietary grind that creates a finger-friendly, touchable blade that holds it edge an average of 11.2 times longer than steel. 

Cross-sections of Slice ceramic blades and typical metal blades illustrate that the wider Slice blade requires more force to penetrate skin.
The difference that blade thickness makes is clear: metal cuts skin easily while Slice ceramic blades require much more force before they’ll pierce skin.

Slice blades are wider and include a small micro edge that does the actual cutting. The grind angles create a blade that cuts materials effectively, but resists cutting skin. Slice blades disperse their pressure, requiring much more force to pierce skin’s tough outer layer than narrow steel blades. 

Slice ceramic blades offer many other advantages over steel. They:

  • Never rust
  • Are chemically inert
  • Don’t require any oily coating or lubricant
  • Are safe up to 1600 degrees Celsius
  • Are non-sparking, non-conductive, and non-magnetic
  • Are maintenance-free
  • Don’t require sharps box disposal
  • Are recyclable
  • Are safe for clean rooms

For more information about our products, read our presentation “Why Slice Ceramics?”

Slice Tools

Slice’s line of innovative products is always expanding as we hear from our customers about what kinds of tools they need to make their industries safer. We design tools in the following categories:

Box Cutters: including our Red Dot Design Award-winning J-hook box cutters.

Utility Knives: in various shapes and sizes. Learn about our innovative Smart Retract and Ergo Pull technologies.

Precision Knives: for applications that require detailed cuts. Includes our Good Design Award-winning Precision Cutter.

Replacement Blades: ceramic blades that last 11 times longer than steel and feature a finger-friendly edge.

Ceramic Scissors: lightweight and compact safety scissors.

Who Uses Slice?

Over half the Fortune 1000 trust Slice tools to reduce injuries and lower costs. We work with customers in dozens of industries to develop new tools for specialty applications. 

Our customers

Our customers represent many different industries, including:

  • Packaging & Containers
  • Paper & Forest Products
  • Chemicals
  • Defend & Space
  • Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • Biotechnology
  • Hospital & Health Care
  • Medical Devices
  • Building Materials
  • Automotive Machinery
  • Oil & Energy
  • Utilities
  • Warehousing
  • Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics
  • Construction
  • Printing
  • Mining & Metals

Learn more about how we’ve helped companies increase productivity, reduce injuries, and lower costs. Read our case studies here.

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