OLFA brand blades are made with top quality materials, forged with technologies that stem from traditional sword-making, sharpened with technologies that give a blade life, and ultimately finished with the artistry that brings all of this together. Grab your favourite OLFA rotary cutter and follow their tips for a safer 2020.

Cleaning and maintenance
Inspect your OLFA rotary cutter before use. Make sure all moving parts are free from debris and that the tool is clean. Routinely take the rotary cutter apart and wipe off the lint with a cloth. This is a good time to disinfect the handle, too.

Check your blade
A dull blade is an unsafe blade. A dull blade won’t give you a clean cut. Here are ways to know if your OLFA blade is dull and needs to be replaced.
The blade rips the material instead of creating a smooth cut
It skips threads or parts of the cut
It takes more pressure to cut

Replacing the blade
Handle replacement blades with care. Limit the amount of finger and blade contact as much as possible. Keep your unused OLFA blades securely stored in a safe location out of the reach from children and pets. Keep unused blades sealed in the original packaging until you are ready to use them.
Before replacing the blade on your OLFA rotary cutter, be sure to watch the OLFA rotary cutter blade change video for your specific rotary cutter handle. This will help get you comfortable changing your OLFA rotary cutter blade.

Safe cutting 
Always cut away from your body. The blade should roll away from your body. Cutting “backwards”, or towards your body, can be dangerous. 
Always cut with the rotary cutter on the side of the ruler that your cutting hand is on. Do not cross over the ruler to cut along the ruler’s left side if you’re using your right hand for instance.
Always close the OLFA rotary cutter blade safety cover or retract your blade into the handle (depending on OLFA rotary handle style) after each cut. Don’t place an open cutter on your table or cutting mat.

Keep your fingers away from the ruler edges. 
Always cut standing-up so that you can position the rotary cutter properly. 
Use a ruler specifically designed for use with a rotary cutter. Regular rulers don’t have the depth that’s required to keep the blade running alongside the ruler
Use a cutting mat specifically designed for use with a rotary cutter. Making cuts on a surface that’s not meant for rotary cutting and you’ll end up with damaged furniture, nicked blades and fabrics that moves all over the place when cut.

Blade Disposal
Don’t throw a used blade directly into the trash. Always use appropriate blade disposal cases to help reduce injuries. Many rotary cutter blades come with a in a container that can double as a disposal container for dull blades. Put your used blades in them for disposal. If a blade container is not readily available, an option is to wrap blades in layers of heavy paper and then carefully seal with tape. And, as in storage, dispose of used blades in a trash container that kid’s, children and pets can’t access.

Use the Cutter only as a Cutter
Many injuries occur when cutters and knives are used for purposes other than those for which the product was designed. Never use a rotary cutter for any purpose other than rotary cutting with a straight edge and mat.

Pay Attention
Always be alert and attentive when using a rotary cutter or art knife. Take the time to fully learn the correct use and limitations of any rotary cutter or knife. And always use common sense!

About Olfa
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 with technologies that stem from traditional sword-making, sharpened with technologies that give a blade life, and ultimately finished with the artistry that brings all of this together.
The holders and handles that allow users to gain the full cutting performance of these high-quality blades are designed, developed, and manufactured in Japan and subjected to stringent quality checks throughout the process. OLFA is proud of the unwavering quality that goes into every product it makes.

For more information on the Olfa products go to the Vermont Sales web site www.vermontsales.co.za and look for Olfa.  Olfa is available from all leading supplier’s country wide, to find out who your nearest supplier is or for more information call Vermont Sales on 011 314 7711.  Trade enquiries welcome