Friday, May 18, 2012

Modern Specialties News:


We have some interesting tidbits of information about knives. Just as a reminder, all our products, KuttO, Modern Roofer, ScrapO and SnippO are sold with quantity price break discounts. Our replacement blades are also sold with quantity price break discounts. 

Feel free to give me a call for more information at
1-800-648-5801 our website is our email is and please read the articles below:

Man's First Knife
This object is a photo of what is suggested to be one of the first knives known to man.

It was found in Blombos Cave, South Africa and made from pressure flaked silcrete estimated to be 37,000 years old.

The founder of Modern Specialties August J Lurie of Chicago, Illinois, patented on 1/16/1940, Patent # 2,187,590 a knife invention which is of various forms and consists of two complimentory halves that are secured together and hence, the modern utility knives and the box cutters of todays age and of tomorrow. 

Knife Safety
Worlds Safest Knife
Pictured here is the worlds safest knife, safe for kids and clumsy people alike. Although this looks like a great idea, don't expect to cut through anything with this knife other than a little bit of dust or cobwebs.
I believe that the most important part of knife safety is training and coaching. Please follow this link to our KuttO box cutter safety instructions and follow this link to our Modern Roofer and utility knife safety .
The new designs and gadgets developed to make knives perfectly injury free also seem to be a great idea, but are they really injury free, and do they cause other problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome?   

Do these knives allow for efficient user operation, do they last long and are they heavy duty? 

How expensive are they to buy and are they made overseas, possibly exporting our wealth
and jobs?
These are all important questions when considering the purchase of a safety knife.   Our KuttO knives are safe, efficient to use, heavy duty, made in a Veteran owned small business in Chicago Illinois, USA, and have a life time guarentee.  

Click here for more information about our KuttO knives

Modern's App
Modern's New App

We are working to get our new App on iTunes, but in the meantime you can simply go to this link on your iPhone and go to this link on your iPad to enjoy our new App. Add the icon to your home screen as instructed. There are various blogs, easily connect by emailing us directly with the App, view our videos, check out our safety instructions and call us directly from your iPhone using the App.

The Apps may even work on other smart phones and tablets. I hope they do. Feel free to let me know.

Give us a call at 1-800-648-5801 or email us at , we would be delighted to hear from you. Our website is

Modern's Web App Now Available

Modern's App is now available:

Connecting and shopping with Modern Specialties has never been easier with Modern's new iPhone and iPad Apps for FREE.

Stay in touch with us using your iPhone and iPad.
An App for the iPhone and iPad
No hassle with itunes.

Open this email on your iPhone and simply go to and add the icon to your home screen as instructed and you are all set.

You can now quickly call us, have access to safety instructions, go and browse our website, shop, follow our blogs and more, all for FREE.

Open this email on your iPad and go to and add the icon to your home screen as instructed and you are all set.

The Apps should work on other smart phones and tablets, but all the features may not be available.

Contact Us

Our phone number is 1-800-648-5801 or email us at if you have any questions or concerns.

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The KuttO Line and Some History

The KuttO Line And Some History:

I thought that it would be interesting to tell you some history behind our products and introducing you to a couple of our most unique KuttO items.

We were one of the first companies to develop, patent and produce innovative safety carton openers.

The KuttOs were designed, not only with safety in mind but with a heavy duty design and quality USA manufacturing.

They are still manufactured here in Chicago, Illinois USA, by hard working employees.

Our first factory was on Ogden Avenue and we moved to our present location, on Lake Street, in the early 1980's.

The original owner of Modern Specialties developed the KuttO products in the 1930's and continued to innovate and patent them through the 1960's. Our original Modern Roofer knives were also covered under some of those patents.

Find out more information and look at the KuttO products on our website by following this link "click here"

The KuttO Tray Pack Tray Maker Cutter:
The KuttO Tray Maker actually consists of a KuttO Master Box cutter with special guides fitted to it in order to enable the knife to cut around the top and the bottom of a carton.

The top lid of the carton is cut and lifted off and becomes a tray. The center ring of the carton is squeezed around the top layer of merchandise and dropped in the top lid tray that was removed first, creating two trays for display.

The KuttO Aluminum:
The KuttO Aluminum cutters were designed to be a low priced version of the KuttO Master, having the same features of the KuttO family with their retractable blades and being very light and easy to handle.

The KuttO Aluminum cutters come with a safety guard or without one.
Over the years, the price of aluminum has increased the cost more than what was intended or expected.