In what was surely one of the most important leaps forward in human technological advancement, Thor Bjørklund of Norway invented the cheese slicer in 1925.
Bjørklund was apprenticed as a cabinet maker, and he was inspired to created the cheese slicer (known locally as the ostehøvel) by his work with a carpenter’s plane.
Thor Bjørklund & Sønner began manufacturing the slicer in 1927. Since then the company has produced over 50 million cheese slicers. Today, approximately 7,000 slicers can be produced in one hour.