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Olfa Cutter History

Birth of OLFA cutter


In 1956 Mr.Y.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 segments of chocolate bars and analyzing the snap edges of broken glass. 

This unique invention has since become a worldwide best seller and is commonly referred to as an OLFA CUTTER.


WORLD’S FIRST SNAP-OFF BLADE CUTTER - 1956

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 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.