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OLFA CORPORATION, Headquarters
Higashi-nakamoto 2-11-8
Higashinari-ku Osaka 537-0021Japan


   
  Yoshio Okada, the inventor of snap-off blade cutter and the founder of OLFA CORPORATION.

(1931-1990)



In 1956 Yoshio Okada invented the world's first SNAP-OFF BLADE CUTTER. The inspiration for this incredible idea came from breaking off segments of chocolate bars and analyzing the sharp edges of broken glass. This unique invention has since become a worldwide best seller and is commonly referred to as an OLFA CUTTER. The length, width and angle of the blade, established by Y. Okada, have become the worldwide standard for the snap-off blade.


Originator, Yoshio Okada°«s invention of the OLFA Rotary Cutter in 1979 totally changed quilting techniques. Though originally designed for simply cutting fabrics, it played an important leading role in revolutionizing the world of quiltmaking with an extraordinary convenience that nobody imagined.



The superior quality of OLFA blades is the result of a multi-step production process.  Only the finest quality tool steel is selected for use.  For all OLFA blades, we adjust hardness, sharpening angles, tapered dimensions, the coarseness of whetstone, the speed of grinding, etc. for every type, and ensure the blade has the best balance of high sharpness and longest blade life according to a usage.



The body color of OLFA products was determined in 1967 by our founder Yoshio Okada.  He decided on a soft yellow color (similar to egg yolk) and blended it into a soft pastel color.
In those days, tools were dark colors, such as black or silver.  Realizing a knife should be easily recognized in a toolbox and be associated with safe and familiar images. Yoshio Okada set a new standard in tool development.
OLFA, the originator of the snap-off blade and innovator of safety yellow color for hand tools.



The L-1 (OLFA's best selling cutter) was designed by Y. Okada, who determined the shape of the cutter after grabbing and holding hundreds upon hundreds stones along a river.  Not by computer or some sort of scientific analysis, but just by picking up and founding stones along a river, the shape of this cutter was created.  The L-1 and all OLFA cutters offer, therefore, the best comfort, hand-it control and ultimate cutting performance.




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