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Publication numberUS1314450 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 26, 1919
Filing dateApr 16, 1919
Priority dateJan 30, 1918
Publication numberUS 1314450 A, US 1314450A, US-A-1314450, US1314450 A, US1314450A
InventorsSamuel Whyte
Original AssigneeSamuel Whyte
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Process of resharpening files.
US 1314450 A
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1,314,450. PatentedAug. 26,1919.



Specication of Letters Patent.

Patented Aug. 26, 1919.

Application led April 16, 1919. Serial No. 290,576.

To all whom t may concern:

Be it known that I, SAMUEL WHYTE, Sc., a subject of the King of Great Britain and Ireland, and residing at Shirley, Earlswood Road, Redhill, in the county of Surrey, England, have invented certain new and useful Improvements Relating to Processes of Resharpening Files, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to the renewing of the cutting edges of les or other appliances having similar multiple cutting edges, by etching. l It has been proposed to renew the cutting edges ofl files and the like by treatment with sulfuric acid followed with nitric acid and also to employ mixtures of sulfuric and nitric acids. y,

It has also been proposed to employ an electrolytic current to aid the etching with such acid mixtures, and in some cases to protect the edges or crests of the teeth by the use of Brunswick black, or other resistant varnish.

The object of the present invention is to enable substantially improved results to be obtained industrially.

The invention consists in selectively etching files and the like for renovation, by protecting the crests of the teeth by a metallic deposit before etching.

The invention further consists in protecting the crests of the teeth and then selectively etching by acid solutions assisted by electrolysis preferably at ordinary temperature.

The invention further consists in dipping the files in an acid bath containing nitric acid for cleaning, then after washing and chalking, dipping them into a metal depositing bath say, for example, a bath containing a copper salt, thus depositing a film of metal on the upper teeth ed es, and finally etching them in a bath o strong hydrochloric acid.

In carrying this invention into effect by way of example, I first dip the files in a bath of dilute nitric acid for a very short time, say one to two minutes, to clean the surfaces thoroughly and remove any clogging material. I then wash them in water and rub in chalk or other inactive material to fill up the grooves. I then dip them in a bath of copper sulfate to deposit a thin lm of copper on the upper teeth edges.

the electrolytie couple formed by the copper and steel producing a relatively quicker chemical action in the immediate vicinity of the copper and so helping to reproduce the original contour of the teeth.

It is found that under the above conditions there is a slight chemical action on the copper also and if it be desired to prolong the deepening of the grooves, mercury, which is not attacked by the HC1 under the above conditions, may be used on the copper edges in contact with the acid. A coating of mercury can be rapidly produced by dipping the coppered file in a dilute solution of mercurous nitrate.

Instead of using strong hydrochloric acid, I may employ to finish the files a bath of about equal parts of hydrochloric acid, nitric acid and water, or I may use a more dilute solution of HNO, alone (about 1 part HNO3 to 3 parts H2O), but this is less satisfactory.

Instead of strong acid solutions as described, very dilute solutions of hydrochloric or nitric acid, or mixtures thereof, may be used (say 10%), the files being made the positive poles of a battery of low voltage. Negative poles may be iron rods. In this case mercury ,is employed on the upper edges of the teeth, as above indicated.

I employ `suitable frames into which the files are inserted and held for dipping into the vats, and arrange for the mechanical lowering of the files into the respective vats. I also prefer to provide for circulation of the etching and washing fluids.

The nal Washing is preferably effected in an alkaline water, say lime water.

The accompanying drawing illustrates the various stages of the process, as herein described. In said drawing the figures ,illustrate, on an enlarged scale, the condition of the file and its teeth at the different stages. Figure 1 shows the old worn file, the ends of the teeth being more or less rounded off and the spaces between the teeth bein largely filled up with iron lin grease an the like. The first step of t e process is 11 cleaning with nitric acid, followed by the second step, namely, washing with water. These two operations remove the filings and dirt between the teeth, leavin the clean file as shown in Fig. 2.' The third step of the process, namely, chalking, leaves the lile with the appearance shown in Fig. 8, namely, with the spaces between the teeth substantially filled with a deposit of chalk. The fourth step of the process, dipping into copper sulfate solution followed by the fifth step, if desired, naimely, the dipping into a solution of mercurous nitrate, does not substantially affect the filling of chalk, but,

coats the uncovered points-of the teeth with copper, with or without mercury. The sixthy operation, etching in strong hydrochloric acid, or etching in dilute hydrochloric or nitric acid with an electrolytic current, in which operation theJ file is placed as the anode in an electrolytic bath, followed by Washing with lime water, gives thefinished product, namely, that shown in Fig. 5, in which the teetharesharpened by the chemi` cal or electrochemical action, the deposit of chalk between/the teeth having been removed by the chemical action of the acid. The files are then dried and may be oiled to prevent rusting and lare ready for shipment or use.

I claim:

1. Process. for renovating files and the like by selective etching, which comp-rises protecting the tooth crests by a metallic deposit relatively resistant to acid and thereafter etching by an acid solution.-

2. Process for renovating files and the like by selective etching, which comprises protecting the grooves by filling the same, protecting the tooth crests by a metallic deposit relatively resistant to acid, and thereafter etching by an acid solution.

3. Process for renovating files and the like by selective etching, consisting in protecting the tooth crests by a metallic deposit relatively resistant to acid and thereafter etching by an acid solution, said solution being aided by the action of an electric current.

4. An improved renovating process for files and the like, comprising nitric acid cleaning, root protection, metallic depositionr on the crests, root exposure, then acid etching.

5. A process which comprises cleaning worn les, substantially filling the grooves with a relatively inert material, coa-ting the tops of the teeth by treatment with a solution of a copper salt, removing said inert material from the grooves, pickling the files in an acid bath and accelerating action of said bath by electrolysis. f

In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification..


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US2498982 *Apr 7, 1947Feb 28, 1950Arthur Percy WarrenAbrasive type cutting element and the manufacture thereof
US3045321 *Apr 15, 1955Jul 24, 1962Buckbee Mears CoAbrading devices and method of making them
US5616255 *Dec 15, 1994Apr 1, 1997Tumminaro, Jr.; Anthony J.Solution and process for chemically resharpening smoothing tools, forming tools, and cutting tools
U.S. Classification216/11, 205/664, 205/666, 76/24.5
International ClassificationC23F1/06
Cooperative ClassificationC23F1/06
European ClassificationC23F1/06