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Ergonomic utility knife
13 November 2017
Slice has launched the 10558 Smart-Retracting Utility Knife.
The knife is said to introduce a fresh approach to ergonomic thinking in the safety cutting industry. Retracting utility knives have sliders that, when pushed, expose the blade for cutting. The contradictory actions of pushing the slider while pulling the knife during the cut cause unnecessary strain. Slice asked: 'Why not pull both the slider and the knife?'
"The invention of Ergo-Pull technology represents Slice’s commitment to re-examining every aspect of cutting technology. Our ergonomic design doesn’t just cover the handle’s shape. It now extends to retraction mechanisms, too," TJ Scimone, Slice founder and CEO, said.
Testing by United States Ergonomics confirms that the Slice 10558 Utility Knife with Ergo-Pull reduces forearm and upper arm muscle effort, compared with a standard metal-bladed utility knife. These results were consistent regardless of the orientation of cutting (horizontal or upright). Ergo-Pull results in a measurable boost to worker comfort, especially during repetitive cutting tasks, according to the company. Less muscle effort means fewer repetitive strain injuries, and that’s good news for occupational health and safety.