US 1382109 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
C. U. MATSLER.
COMBHVATION TOOL. APPLICATION FILED MAR. 22. 1970;
- Patented June 21,1921.
comm/mus u. MATSLER, or rrmvmw, TEXAS.
Specification of Letters Patent. Patented J 21 192 Application fi led March 22, 1920. Serial No. 367,783.
' which the following is a specification, reference being 'had to the accompanying drawin s.
This invention relates to combination tools and particularly to a combination tool for use in wire fence construction and repair, and has for its object to provide a device of this character, capable of driving staples, pulling staples, cutting, and holding wire.
Another object is to provide a tool of this character having an extension on one end for use in stretching wire from one support to another, said extension having a slot in which the wire is disposed and retained dur-' ing the operation of the tool and from which it may be easily and quickly disengaged.
With these and other objects in view the invention consists in the improved construction and arrangement of parts to be hereinafter more particularly described, fully claimed, and illustrated in the following drawings, in which:
Figure 1 is a side elevation of a combined wire fence tool constructed in accordance with an embodiment of my invention;
one handle portion and 6 the other handle portion of the tool. These handle portions are pivoted to each other adjacent one of their ends as at 7. The end portion 8 of the handle 5 includes a hammer member 9 which projects laterally from the end portion of the handle. The rear end 10 of the hammer is concave and roughened, a pair of concave recesses 11 being formed 'in the rear end 10 of the hammer for the purpose to be hereinafter described. The end portion 8 is also provided with recesses 12 in each side thereof, ghe edges of said recesses being sharpene The end portion 13 of the handle portion 6 is enlarged, and provided with recesses 14:, which cooperate Wlth the recesses 12 to provide wire cutters. The confronting inner faces 15 of the handle portions 5 and 6 adacenttheir enlarged ends are roughened and cooperate to serve as wire holding means. The end portion 13 includes a right-angular extens1on 16, the rear surface 17 of which is concave and roughened to cooperate with the rear end 10 of the hammer. The rear end 17 is also provided with a pair of concave recesses 18 which register with recesses 11 in the rear end 10 0f the hammer. By this means a staple can be easily removed from an object, as the confronting surfaces 10 and 17 permit the staple to be firmly grasped. The hammer member 9 and extension 16 form a fulcrum adapted to engage a fence post or like support, whereby considerable force may be applied to the wire in the stretching operation.
The. extension 16 has its end portion reduced' to provide a wire stretching member or furtherextension 19, whichtapers from the extension 16 and has its end portion bifurcated as at 20. A shoulder is formed at the junction of the extension 16 and. the member 19. It will be noted that the extension 16 and stretching member 19 extend from the side of the handle portion 6 at the end thereof so as to permit the user to use the tool Without coming in contact with the Wire.
In operation, the end portion 1 of the wire 2 is passed through the loop 3 formed in the adjacent end of the wire 4. After passing the end portion 1 through the loop the extremity 4 thereof is passed through the bifurcated end 20 and around one of the fingers formed by said bifurcation so as to prevent accidental disengagement of the end portion 1 from the member 19. Upon rotation of the handle member of the tool the end-portion 1 which is disposed between the loop 3 and the extremity 4? will be wound upon the member 19. If this winding operation does not remove the kinks formed in the wires 2 and 4, the member 9 may be engaged with an adjacent post or support and used as a fulcrum to further stretch the wire. After the end portion 1 of the wire 2 has been wound on the member 19 to such an extent as to position the member 19 closely adjacent the loop 3 as shown in Fig. 3, the tool is then rotated with the member 19 disposed in a plane parallel to the wires 2 and 4 to unwind the end portion 1 of the wire shown in Fig. 4. This operation is continned until all of the coils on the member 19 are wound on the wire 2. The extremity 4 is then removed from the finger or bifurcated portion of the member 19 and grasped by the holding means 15 so as to permit said extremity to be wound around the wire 2'to eliminate projections. The holding means is then used to clench the extremity.
From the foregoing it will be readily seen that this invention provides a novel combination tool which possesses the most of the tools necessary in wire fence construction and repair. An important feature of this tool is that the wire can be stretched and tied without requiring a separate tool for these two operations, the holding means 15 assisting in the wrapping or tying operation to prevent the stretched wire from slipping.
What is claimed is:
A wire stretching tool of the character described comprising a-handle member having an enlarged extension .on one end, said extension being disposed in right-angular relation to the handle member, the outer end portion of the extension being reduced to provide a shoulder, said reduced portion tapering from said shoulder to'the end of said reduced portion, said end being bifurcated for the reception of one end of a wire, whereby said wire may be wound upon one of the fingers resulting from the bifurcation to prevent slipping. In testimony whereof I hereunto affix my signature.
COLUMBUS U. MA-TSLER.