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Publication numberUS1459517 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 19, 1923
Filing dateNov 20, 1922
Priority dateNov 20, 1922
Publication numberUS 1459517 A, US 1459517A, US-A-1459517, US1459517 A, US1459517A
InventorsSawyier Thomas C
Original AssigneeSawyier Thomas C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pen and pencil holder
US 1459517 A
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June 19, 1923. 1,459,517



Patented June 19, 1923.



T aZl whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, THOMAS C. SAWYIER, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Indianapolis, county of Marion, and State of Indiana, have invented a certain new and useful Pen and Pencil Holder; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, in which like numerals refer to like parts.

This invention relates to a pen or pencil holder, and particularly to the contour and I proportions of the finger-grasping portion,

wherein it would be more adaptable to the 'position of the fingers for corrective and instructive purposes.

The principal object of the invention is to provide a grasping member for writing instruments having the finger-grip, portion so curved as to put the writing hand at ease, and encourage the relaxation of the hand and wrist, discouraging so-called pen-grip ping. v

It is designed to develop light touch and fluency in the handwriting movement, and the finger-fitting courves keep the fingers from slipping into awkward and tiresome distortions. The large hump on the holder provides a rest for the ball of the thumb and keeps it up opposite the first joint of the index finger to induce a sense of security for poise and control. Theslight pressure exerted diagonally across the hump of the holderbetween the thumb and index finger tends to keep the holder up in the hand and the pen in correct angle of contact with the paper. In other words, the contour and proportion of the finger-grasping portion is arranged to conform to the natural curves of the fingers when held in correct writing position, whereby the holder will be corrective and instructive to the user.

Another feature of the invention lies in the pen-holding means associated with the finger-grasping portion, wherein the penpoint will be properly limited in its insertion to the proper position, whereby it will ex- I tend a given distance from the end of the holder and be securely but removably held in that position. U

I The full nature of the invention will be understood from the accompanying drawings and the following description and claims.

In the drawings, Fig. 1 is a perspective Application filed November 20, 1922. Serial No. 602,125.

view showing a penholder in writing position with the fingers in proper grasping position. Fig. 2 is a side elevationof the pen. Fig. 3 is an enlarged side elevation showing the finger-grasping portion and the penpoint with a portion thereof cut in central longitudinal cross section. Fig. 4 is an end elevation of the penholder with the pen re moved. Fig. 5is a modified form showing the penholder with the grasping portion formed separately thereon in central longitudinal cross section, with a difierent type of pen-holding means. Fig. 6 is a side elevation showing the finger-grasping portion ap-. plied to a pencil.

In the drawings there is shown the representation of a hand 10 in writing position, grasping the penholder 11. The grasping portion 12 of the penholder is adapted to be held in the usual manner between the index finger 13, thumb 14c and against the side of the second finger 15. The pen-point 16 is removably secured in the end of the holder.

The grasping portion 12 is annular in cross section, and provided with a series of longitudinalcurves arranged to conform to the curvature of the fingers when in proper writing position. From the upper tip of the pen to the writing end, the contour of the pen gradually increases in diameter to the point 17 after which the annular surface converges to a point 18 of minimum diameter, providing a thumb-receiving and grasping hollow, or reduced portion. The diameter of the penholder is then increased in proportion to its decrease to a maximum diameter 19, which is rounded in contour and provides a separating hump for separating the'thumb from the index finger, and providing a ball rest for the thumb on one side and a rest for the index fingeron the other. The diameter I nally extending bore22, annular in cross section, and adapted to receive the retaining member 23 which is slit longitudinally into i three sections, as shown .in Fig. at. Each .locking projection 26 neainthe rear end thereof. saidrsectionsr is provided with a corresponding annular bead 24, a corresponding annular stop gShOlllClGl and a of. Upon the three sections of the member 23 being inserted'within the bore'22 of the .penholder, and the insertion of the pen .point 16 within the bore adjacent the curved surface of the member, the-inserted end of v saidpen will pass over the small head 24 and abut against the shoulder This will limit interthe position. of the nen-point,.so that it will project the proper distance frointhe end of theholder5andthe fact-that it is squeezed between a wall of the bore 22 and the bead surface .of. .theflbore.

24: Will tend to cause the sections of then;

nember28to= be. pressed at their outer ends and spread apart at their inner ends so as to force theprojectingpoint 26'into the inner member 23 to.-be secured and held within the bore, .while the pempoint is held therein by frictional engagement between the Wall of the bore and the bead 24.

In the .niodified forms shown in Figs. and 6, the penbolder pencil 11 .is provided at the writing end ,witlr a straight. annular This will cause theabut for limiting itsposition therein. The

slot 34 is cut in thejencl of the portion 31 so I as to extend longitudinally and diametrically thereof for permitting the ends thereof to be pressed togetlier.'.:wlien the pin-point is inserted in the usual manner.

' The invention claimed is:

1. A writing instrument comprising a lon git'udinal stein having a finger-grasping por tion at the writingend thereof, said finger grasping portion having about. the peripherythereof an annular thumb-rece v ng recess, an annular indexfinger-receiving cess, and an annular intermed ate enlarged portion for separating saidrecesses and providing a bearing forsazldthumb and index 2. A writingin trument comprising a 1on gitudinal stem having a fingengrasp ng portion at the writing end thereof, :said fingergrasping portion. having an annulanthuimbreceiving portion-of reduced diameter, an annular; index.finger-receiv ng portion of reduced,.-diameter,and anannular intermediate separating portion ofinaximumdiaineter for separating. saidfingers .andprovid ng a rest therefor, whereby said fingers and thumb will be maintained in-proper grasping position.

3.. A writing instrument comprising a longitudinalstem having afinger-grasping portion at the writing end'tliereof, saidfingergrasping portion hav ng. an annular surface of varying cross sectional there being adjacent the writing end there ofan annular index finger-grasp ng hollow ofreduced diameter having a contour adapted .to fit the cur've 'of the finger, an enlarged annular curved hump adjacenttheretoaway r from theavriting end, and a second annular shank27 adapted toreceivethe finger-grasping cushion .28 which: may be ieiiiovably mounted, thereonand secured by glue or other nea-nsiii the usual manner, said. portion be .i gfcurved and provided with the finger-rece ving contours abovedescribed for receiving, and positioning the grasping fingers. The cushion 2S'may'be made of rubber, corkv or other suitable material for cushioning purposes.

Mounted about the reduced end 29 of the penholdenfshown in Fig. 5. there may be securedja metal sleeve '30 for reinforcing purposes, surrounding thepen-ret-aining porti.o n 3 1 The'retaining portion 81 is formed.

integral with theholder 11, but of reducedv .thumb-receivinghollow of reduced diameter adjacent :said hump and away from the writingend, having a :sniallerdiameter so diameters,

proportioned in contour as to receive and fittheicurvature of the thumb, wherebyisaid thumb and index, finger may be properly and conveniently held in easy writing position.

1. A penholder-having a central and'longitudinally extending-bore writing end thereof, a pen-point IGCGI-Vliig member adapted to extend into and be secured withinsaidbore, an annular bead formed, about v the periphery of said member, a shoulder formed thereon for limiting theinner movement ofsaid pen-point wheninserted in said bore, and a" purchasing pro ect on .,.formed on the periphery of said member diameter so, as to provide a receiving. space 32-,for "the pen-point, and, a shoulder 33 against which the end of the pen-point may for engaging inthe wall of said. bore and locking said member therein. when said penpointis inserted between said wall andbead.

In witness whereof, I havehhereunto affixed y ig atur THOMAS C SAWYIER.

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U.S. Classification15/443, D19/51
International ClassificationB43K3/00
Cooperative ClassificationB43K3/005
European ClassificationB43K3/00K