We've seen dozens of box cutters, but never a form factor like this:
That's cutting tools manufacturer Slice's silicone Safety Cutter Ring, an $8 gizmo that basically gives you a reimagined fingernail.
It was designed by industrial design consultancy Herbst Produkt (U.S.-based, despite the spelling), who have also filled out the rest of Slice's offerings with an incredible array of fresh forms: Box cutters, scalpels, utility knives, scrapers, scissors. Each tool is beautiful in its own right:
"With a distinct point-of-view the SLICE brand has a confidence that is unmatched," writes the design firm. "Herbst has driven a disciplined approach and built a visual design language with a signature DNA that reinforces the SLICE brand attributes and exudes the confidence and boldness that their tools provide."
You can browse Slice's offerings here.
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I can't help but wonder if half of these products are moving in the wrong direction. Does a simple metal blade need a humongous hook-shaped molded plastic body with half a dozen moving parts? Will we look back on these one day and say "yikes, that's a lot of un-repairable, excessive amount of moving plastic parts"? Are these truly an improvement on knife design or just another flashy piece of ergonomic plastic? Fancy dual-injection parts that are virtually impossible to recycle.