In 1956 Mr. Yoshio Okada, the founder of OLFA CORPORATION, invented the world’s first SNAP-OFF BLADE CUTTER.
The inspiration for this incredible idea came from breaking off of segments of chocolate bars and analysing the snapped edges of broken glass. This unique invention has since become a worldwide best seller and is commonly referred to as an OLFA CUTTER™.
1956 - World’s first snap-off blade cutter
1979 - World’s first rotary cutter
Yoshio Okada also invented the world’s first rotary cutter. It revolutionised how people cut fabric, by switching them from using scissors to rolling a circular blade over the material. OLFA’s rotary cutters are used throughout the world today.
The OLFA logo
The name of “OLFA” comes from two Japanese words, which, when translated, mean “to break a blade”.The OLFA parallelogram logo is taken from the shape of a snap-off blade.