Established 1649

During the seventeenth century a number of ironworks were founded in Finland. The large tracts of forestland in the Pohja region along with its unharnessed water power and good water routes made it an ideal centre for the Finnish iron industry. In 1649, when the ironworks were founded in Fiskars, Finland was under Swedish rule, and Sweden was one of Europe’s biggest producers of iron in the seventeenth century. Today, Fiskars is one of the oldest businesses in the western world.

In 1967 Fiskars manufactured the world’s first plastic-handled scissors, one of Fiskars’ best known products. The designer wanted the scissors to be black, red or green, but as the prototype went into production, the machinist decided to finish off the orange color he had in his machine. The result gave birth to Fiskars orange-handled scissors. The color, Fiskars Orange®, was officially registered as a trademark in Finland in 2003 and in the US 2007.

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