Sometimes Metal Isn't So Bad ...

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Everyday we work with Fortune-1000 companies to replace metal blades in their facilities with safer, more cost effective Slice ceramic blades. However, it surprised me to see the traction we've received with our all-metal 100% stainless steel Slice 10420 Scissors --


Sometimes Metal Isn't So Bad ...


With customers ranging from cheese factories in Wisconsin to pharmaceutical plants in the United Kingdom -- and everything in between (including the Museum of Modern Art in New York).  What draws them to these freakishly shaped scissors? The simple fact that they're 100% metal with no plastic components, no coatings, and offer safe, rounded tips. 

One of our customers, Albany Molecular Research ( emailed us recently on how they use the Slice 10420 scissors:

"We use the Slice (10420) scissors inside a handling isolator. In between batches all equipment inside the isolator needs to be cleaned with aggressive solvents. (The Slice) scissors offer us the chance to use fairly heavy metal, with no plastic, and no degradation or breakdown of the scissors like we see in cheaply made scissors." -- Michael R. -- Senior Process Engineer, AMRI 

Back in 2008, when Slice, Inc. first started -- and before we pivoted to focus on safety and industrial -- we looked at all types of scissors during our collaboration with famed designer Karim Rashid (below).


 Sometimes Metal Isn’t So Bad ...


Oddly enough, the materials we settled on back in 2008 don't even correspond to what is now our final product. And that's a good thing, as the original intention (below) would have failed miserably with our existing customers because it was everything our current scissors aren't: mixed plastic with metal and not-so-safe pointed tips. 




We tried for more than a year to make a white-powder-coated scissor with soft-touch rubber insert pieces -- and we failed time and time again. I remember becoming so frustrated because we simply couldn't make what we had envisioned -- not to mention all the time and money it was costing.  

As it turned out, those repeated failures were a blessing in disguise. During one of the (many) meetings with our manufacturing team they forgot to powder-coat one of the sample scissors --- it was a beautiful, gleaming stainless steel scissor sitting in the corner. The head engineer apologized when I asked "What's this!?" --- quickly responding that it was an accident as he casually threw them on the chair next to him.  "No, no -- that's it! That's what we need to make!" I remember exclaiming -- and with a few minor modifications over the next several weeks we were able to finally go into production with what turned out to be probably one of the craziest looking scissors ever made.  

Life's funny that way -- sometimes what you think is an absolute failure leads you down a wonderful path you would never expect.  Thanks for your support.

TJ Scimone
founder & ceo
Slice, Inc.

Topics: Safety Box Cutters

TJ Scimone

Written by TJ Scimone

TJ Scimone is Founder and CEO of Slice, Inc. Slice designs, engineers and manufactures a range of ceramic-blade safety cutters and safety box cutters used by more than half the Fortune 1000 to reduce injuries and lower costs. Slice donates 1% of all sales to autism research and related charities.