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Why Do Slice Ceramics Cost More Than Traditional Metal Blades? (Hint: They Don't)

When we look at the cost of an item, there are two factors to consider. One is the price, which is the amount of money required to purchase the item, and the other is the value, which is what you receive in return for your money.

One Slice ceramic safety blade lasts 11.2 times longer than a steel blade.

What kind of value do you expect from a blade? You need it to cut your material not once, but many times until the blade eventually dulls. Slice ceramic blades have been proven, in independent third-party testing*, to last an average of 11.2 times longer than equivalent steel utility blades. This means that every time you need to replace one Slice ceramic blade, you've already replaced your steel blade 11 times to cut the same amount of material. So which choice is really more expensive?

Line graph shows testing results of comparative blade sharpness over time (expressed in number of test runs).
Image 1. The results of testing by the UK Cutlery and Allied Trade Association show that Slice blades last much longer than steel blades. Steel starts excessively sharp and quickly becomes dangerously dull.

Slice ceramics are designed to be safer alternatives to traditional metal blades. So their value can also be considered in terms of safety. While it's hard to quantify injury prevention, it isn't hard to see how much laceration injuries cost companies. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that one laceration injury costs an average company over $40,000 in direct and indirect costs. That's pretty expensive.

Every Slice tool starts with safety in mind. Our thicker ceramic blades require much more force to accidentally pierce skin, yet have an effective patented micro-grind so they cut other materials easily. Our handles also use superior grips to prevent slipping. The Slice box cutter has a specially-designed curved handle that automatically protects the user's hand by keeping it away from the cutting edge. Some customers have gone to zero injuries after switching to Slice ceramics. That's what we call less costly.

*Cutlery and Allied Trade Association (CATRA) Study performed December 2014
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