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Catalog Number 2016.001.021
Description Raychem Boxcutter, c. 1957-1999. Twenty-one red box cutters. The red plastic body is rectangular in shape with one end tapering slightly. The plastic is textured in a wood grain-like pattern. On one side "Raychem" is pressed into the plastic and painted black. The upper right corner of the body is molded into a plastic circle in which a metal arm is attached. Mounted in the arm is a metal blade shaped like a rhomboid. The arm and blade fold back into the red plastic body.
Object Name Knife, Utility
Collection 3D - Multiple Use Tools & Equipment for Materials
Title Raychem Boxcutter, c. 1957-1999
Date c. 1957-1999
Creator Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "Raychem" (printed in black in plastic); "MADE IN U.S.A." (etched in metal arm).
Notes Boxcutters are a type of utility knife with a flat, single-sided blade.

"Raychem was founded on January 1, 1957. It grew rapidly by creating proprietary new products based on Radiation processing of polymers to meet critical and difficult industry needs for electrical circuit integrity in harsh environments. Included in these initial products were irradiated wire insulation and heat shrinkable tubing. Markets included Aerospace, Military, Automotive, Telecommunications and Electrical Power Generation markets.
"In 1968, Raychem acquired Chemelex leading Raychem to extend its radiation polymer processing technology to polymers filled with conductive carbon creating a family of "Self Limiting Heaters". This technology was further extended to produce resettable switches forming the enabling technology for the "Polyswitch" Division.
"As Raychem grew into a world class Material Science Company, additional technologies explored, developed and taken to market were Heat Recoverable Metals, Piezoelectric Materials (Elographics), Silicone Gels (Geltek) and Liquid Crystals (Taliq).
"Each year, Raychem devoted between 8 and 10 percent of sales into Research and Development resulting in thousands of new products based on the technologies listed above. Research and Product Development labaratories, in addition to Menlo Park and Redwood City were established in Swindon, UK, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, Ottobrunn, Germany, Pontois, France and Japan.
"Manning these laboratories were an extremely creative and talented group of scientists and engineers who found innovative ways to use technologies to create new products."
[http://blog.heatshrinksleeves.com/2015/09/raychem-history.html 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-0.125 W-2.5 D-0.75 inches
Dimension Details .125 x 4.5 x .75 (with blade unfolded).
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