Cheese slicer

Thor Bjørklund & Sønner AS

Established 1927

Thor Bjørklund (1889–1975) was a Norwegian inventor best known for the invention of the cheese slicer. Apprenticed as cabinet maker, Bjørklund began to experiment with a carpenter’s plane in the hope that he could create something similar for use in the kitchen. In 1925 he patented the cheese slicer, and in 1927 he started his firm Thor Bjørklund & Sønner AS. The company still produces cheese slicers in Lillehammer.

The cheese slicer ‘Original 1925’ as pictured above is an exact copy of the original cheese slicer from 1925 and is still available today. The slicer has become a classic symbol of Norwegian innovation, quality and design. The invention obviously tempted copiers and Bjørklund concluded that he couldn’t fight windmills. He went for quality, better production methods and reasonable prices. After more than 85 years with cheese slicers as main product, Thor Bjørklund & Sønner AS is still the leading manufacturer.

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