Fiskars: It’s All in the ‘Snip’

Business Insider: “In the late 1960s, Finnish designer Olof Backstrom helped Fiskars create the world’s first pair of plastic-handled scissors. They were supposed to be black, not orange. But when Fiskars accidentally used some leftover orange plastic from a juicer production line, the company realized it’d created something great. The company put the color to a vote. Orange won out over black 9-7.”

“Other colors have come along since then, but the orange pair is by far Fiskars most treasured creation. The scissors became a permanent fixture in New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2004, and the color even has its own trademark.”

“Before each pair leaves the factory, professional “scissors listeners” make sure they produce the right snip sound as the steel blades slice together. According to Fiskars, the scissors ‘are inspired by nature, physics, and the human anatomy to solve problems in surprising ways.’It’s no accident designers lump them in with other perfectly designed products, like Sharpie markers and Post-It Notes. Fiskars has been around since the 17th century. It’s had some time to get the cutting experience just right.”

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