Where Do Slice Knives Fit on a Knife Safety Level Chart?

Many safety experts, when they first contact us, want to know: where do Slice® knives fit on a standard knife safety level chart? The short answer is: they don’t.

It’s important to understand that these charts were developed using standard metal blades and reflect a traditional understanding of cutting tools. Charts like these assume that the only way to make a knife safer is to control blade exposure by redesigning the handle. Regardless of the degree to which the blade is exposed, the blade itself remains unnecessarily sharp.

While Slice offers several different handle-based safety measures, we fundamentally changed the safety game by redesigning the blade itself. This requires a whole new way to look at cutting safety. In order to design a truly safer cutting experience, Slice stepped back to look at the whole picture and identify all the safety risks posed by knives.

Table lists risks associated with knives and which risks can be prevented with better handle design or a safer blade
Only 20 percent of cutting tool risks are addressed by a better handle design.

The vast majority of risks posed by knives can be addressed with a fresh approach to blade design. Safer blades, coupled with thoughtful handle design, place Slice cutting tools beyond standard knife safety level charts. We encourage safety experts who are focused on standard charts to look at the big picture and approach safety through fresh eyes.