OLFA World's first manufacturer of high quality cutters since 1956, purely Made in JAPAN
Because quality counts, OLFA designs, develops and manufactures its products in Japan. Ever since Yoshio Okada, the founder of OLFA CORPORATION, invented the world's first snap-off blade cutter in 1956, OLFA has been committed to developing practical and safe hand-held cutting tools. OLFA brand blades are made with top quality materials, forged and sharpened with technologies that stem from traditional sword-making.
Tools that improve how people cut materials
The snap-off blade cutter was conceived by Yoshio Okada as an economical, safe and efficient cutter knife. The angle and length of his blades eventually became de facto world standards. Today, snap-off blade cutters are used around the world. OLFA has always been committed to making tools that are also practical to use from the user's standpoint: OLFA makes a wide range of products that are used in diverse ways. See for yourself how easy to use OLFA's products are!
Safety is the underlying principle of OLFA yellow
The body color of OLFA products was selected in 1967 by Yoshio Okada. He decided on a soft yellow color similar to egg yolk because it was associated with “safety” and “familiar” images.
Circular blade rotary cutter for fabric
Yoshio Okada also invented the world's first rotary cutter. It revolutionized how people cut fabric by switching them from using scissors to rolling a circular blade over the material. OLFA's rotary cutters are used around the world today by quilters.
The name OLFA derives from two Japanese words which mean "to break a blade". The parallelogram in the OLFA logo is taken from the shape of a snap-off blade.