Good News from Mon, 16 July, 2012:

Fiskars – a cut above the rest

Fiskars was the first in the world to produce plastic-handled scissors in 1967. Fiskars was the first in the world to produce plastic-handled scissors in 1967.
Open a kitchen or office drawer in any Finnish home and you will most probably find a pair of orange-handled Fiskars scissors. The tried and trusted implement has also established its position in several other countries, with more than a billion pairs of Fiskars scissors manufactured. Over the years they have been sold to France, Germany, the Nordic Countries and the USA.

— Our scissors are popular because of their good price-quality ratio. They are durable and easy to maintain and can be passed on from generation to generation if well cared for. The parts of the newer scissors are joined together with a screw which is easy for the user to tighten, explains Development Manager Heikki Savolainen.

Fiskars was the first in the world to produce plastic-handled scissors in 1967. The orange colour came about by chance: the injection-moulding machine operator was given the task of producing prototypes with black, red and green handles. The machine still contained some orange dye used for manufacturing juicers, so the machinist decided to use up the leftover dye and produced one prototype before making the rest. The orange scissors beat the black scissors by 9 to 7 in the final vote, and so began the serial production of a future classic. In 1972 the product range was supplemented with red-handled left-handed scissors.

Fiskars scissors are widely copied. Savolainen has a tip for how to recognise good-quality scissors.

— A good pair of scissors has a space between the blades when they are closed, with only the tips of the blades touching. You can see it with the naked eye if you look closely. The space means that the blades are optimally shaped in terms of cutting efficiency. The blades of Fiskars’ scissors have been ground six times to ensure excellent cutting ability, he explains.

Most of the scissors sold in Europe are manufactured at the Billnäs scissors factory in Finland. Fiskars also has a scissors development unit in the United States. Founded in 1649, Fiskars is Finland's oldest company.

The orange colour of the classic scissors originates from a juicer.

Development Manager for Fiskars scissors, Heikki Savolainen.

Video about Fiskars scissors.

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