Questions & Answers
Q. When was the company founded?
06 Oct 2017
The ‘Jewel’ name was first trademarked in 1928 but it was the following year in 1929 when John Abbott started the company trading as ‘The Jewel Safety Razor Co.’
For more information on Jewel Blade's history please follow the link Company History
Q. Has the company always manufactured industrial blades?
06 Oct 2017
No. The company originally produced high quality Stainless Steel Razor Blades for domestic use which included ranges such as Super Stainless, Sheffield Special, and Knockout. It was not until the late 1960’s after many years of research and development, that in order to secure the long term future of the company Jewel diversified, introducing the industrial blade range in response to the growing demand from various market sectors.
For more company information please visit the About Us section of our website.
Q. Does the company have any accreditations?
09 Oct 2017
As part of the WR Swann & Co Ltd group of companies we have the following accreditations. ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 50001:2011.
In attaining our ISO 9001:2008 certificate it highlights that as a company we are committed to following internationally recognised quality management principles.
ISO 9001:2008 is based on eight quality management principles:
• Customer focus
• Involvement of people
• Process approach
• System approach
• Continual improvement
• Fact-based decision making
• Mutually beneficial supplier relationships
It is through our adherence to the quality management system (QMS) processes and implementing the quality management principles set from ISO 9001:2008 that enables continuous improvement throughout the company which is not only in line with the W.R.Swann & Co Ltd group policy for ongoing development but also in line with International standards.
Q. Is there a safe or environmental way to dispose of used blades as I'm fed up of having them loose and scattered about my in tool box but I am reluctant to throw them away with my household rubbish? Thanks, Gary.
14 Dec 2016
Hi Gary thanks for your question. You are quite right, you shouldn't dispose of blades in either your tool box or household rubbish from a health and safety perspective as well as for environmental reasons. We offer various sizes of Sharps disposal units ranging from 0.6 Litres to 24 Litres to suit the size of your workstation or personal requirements. Designed to safely contain used blades, our sharps bin systems feature:
Semi Translucent Lids making contents visible when full
Welded construction for added strength and safety
Puncture resistant base for additional safety
Class leading leak resistance
Large aperture with internal flap ensuring safe and easy disposal
Temporary & final closure feature
In mould label provided for those who require a permanent audit trail
Comply with UN 3291, BS EN ISO 23907:2012 and NF-X-30-511 standard
Alternatively we also offer a range of packaging options for our products which allow you to store your spent/used blades safely.
Please be aware that these options are offered without a disposal service, once full you should contact your local council for disposal information or contact a waste management company such as 'PHS' who provide a chargeable sharps disposal collection service.
Q. Hi, I want to know what tends to be the most popular knife used in the flooring industry. Thanks, Darren.
14 Dec 2016
Hi Darren, thanks for your question. We believe that this is more for the fitters to answer, however from our experience and how well received it is at various trade shows such as 'The Harrogate Flooring Show' and 'DOMOTEX', it seems that the Original Delphin Knife is a clear favourite. In addition to this we not only offer this knife it its original silver colour but also in blue. Both come supplied with holster and belt clip, making it quick and easy for fitters using different blades to identify the knife ready for use. With a comfortable, positive grip, easy blade replacement with thumb screw opening, blade storage, notch and magnetic blade retainer to secure the blade in place, it's clear to see why this is the most popular knife for fitters in the flooring trade.
Q. Hi, I've just started working as a painter and decorator and am interested in knowing if there is a better blade I can use for trimming wallpaper? I am currently using a standard Stanley type blade from a local DIY store and there is nothing worse than going to trim the paper, ripping it and then having to start all over again. Please help!
14 Dec 2016
Firstly our IND92A Heavy Duty Utility Blades that you refer to as a 'Stanley Type' blade are possibly better for general purpose jobs rather than trimming wallpaper. From our understanding and knowledge of the decorating trade we would say that the 9mm and 18mm Snap Off blades are predominantly the most popular for use when trimming wallpaper.
We would suggest using our XL Premium Silver Range IND200 9mm Snap Off Blades for a number of reasons. Made from a superior polished 1.25% Carbon Steel (more commonly used in the manufacturing of surgical blades) this 9mm snap off blade has an enhanced, sharper, longer lasting cutting edge. With 12 cutting segments, if you feel the blade starting to drag, snap that segment off and start again with a keen blade edge ensuring that you don't have to start again when it comes to the wall coverings. The other benefit of utilising this product is that it is thinner than standard blades at 0.38mm thick producing a razor sharp edge thus allowing you to be more precise and intricate around those awkward places such as the architraves and skirting. We also offer the 9mm Snap Off in XL Stainless - ideal for use where increased moisture is present. Designed with the professional user in mind, these blades are ideal where time, cost and customer satisfaction are crucial.
We also offer 18mm Snap Off blades in our XL Premium Silver Range to suit the user's personal preference and various professional knives to fit these blades.
Q. What difference does the material of the backing strip make on your Single Edge blades? Thanks.
14 Dec 2016
We offer our single edge razor blades with either a Steel Spine, IND001A or Aluminium Spine, IND002. To answer your question, Steel is a very robust and resilient metal which is less likely to warp, deform or bend under increased force and is typically 2.5 times denser than Aluminium. This therefore enables you to exert a greater amount pressure if the task requires it whilst maintaining its structure and stability. Aluminium is more flexible in comparison to steel so it is more suitable for jobs where you may be required to scrape materials that are not necessarily on a flat surface. The blade itself is made from a standard 1% Carbon Steel and is available in various thicknesses, so depending on where and what you are using the single edge razor blades for make sure you consider the above factors before making your choice.
We also offer handles that are compatible with our Single Edge Blades for those who do not use the blade in hand. For Further information please do not hesitate to contact us via our Website Contact Form or email: email@example.com
Q. Which of your blades fit the Pro Fold knife?
10 Jan 2017
The blade shapes which are compatible and popular for use with our KNI100 Blue & White Pro Fold Knife are: IND92A 2 Notch Heavy Duty Straight Blades, IND92DZ 2 Notch 4 Hole Heavy Duty Straight Blades and IND96LP 2 Notch Pointed Hook Blades, making this handle the ideal choice for multiple cutting tasks.
Q. How do you change the blades on your Pro Fold Knife?
06 Oct 2017
Thank you for your question hopefully you will find the information below to be of use. Blade change: When inserting the blade into the handle please ensure the locking mechanism is clicked to open, slide the blade into position whilst being careful not to handle the blades cutting edge and once correctly located press the locking mechanism back down to lock the blade securely in position. For use: Depress the white button applying pressure from both sides this will allow you to release/ unfold to knife for use. Please always be careful to hold the knife with the blade pointing away from you. Please see attached document provided as a visual instruction guide, if you require any additional information then please do not hesitate to contact us via website our Contact Form or email firstname.lastname@example.org