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April 14., 1953 G. T. DALE 2,634,728
HAIR TWEEZERS Filed Nov. 22, 1950 IN VEN TOR.
Patented Apr. 14, '1953 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFRE George T. Dale, Sea Cliil N. Y.
Application November 22, 1950, Serial No. 197,149
The present invention relates to improvements in tweezers and relates more particularly to tweezers especially adapted for plucking hairs or the like.
An object of the invention is to provide hair tweezers wherein the gripping portions of the tweezers are held in positive engagement with each other under spring pressure and the gripping action does not depend on the user holding the tweezers closed. In the present tweezers, the user merely releases whatever pressure is be- 'mg exerted to hold the tweezers open and the user can then move the tweezers as desired by merely holding the handle. Another object of the present invention is to provide tweezers having gripping portions that are especially designed and adapted to grip small individual objects such as a human hair without disturbing or gripping surrounding objects. A further object of the invention is to provide a novel manner of securing the operating members of the tweezers together which permits the tweezers to be made at the lowest possible cost.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention will be apparent and best understood from the following description and the accompanying drawings in which:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of hair tweezers embodying the present invention;
Fig. 2 is a side view of the hair tweezers illustrated in Fig. 1;
Fig. 3 is a plan view of the hair tweezers illustrated in Fig. 1 as seen from the rear;
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary side View of a portion of the hair tweezers illustrated in Fig. 1 but on an enlarged scale;
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary plan view of another portion of the hair tweezers illustrated in Fig. 1, but on an enlarged scale; and
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary view in section taken along the line 6 6 of Fig. 3.
Referring now to the drawings in detail, the tweezers consist of two operating members I0 which are formed from spring steel. The operating members Io are identical with each other and they are preferably made of stainless steel or chrome plated to permit easy cleaning and to prevent them from rusting. This also gives the tweezers an attractive appearance.
Each of the operating members i0 has a blade or gripper il at one end thereof and a handle portion I2 at the other end thereof. The portion of the operating member Iii intermediate the ends is bent to form two arms i3 and I 4 that extend outwardly at an angle from the gripper 2 I and the handle portion I2, respectively, and join each other at an angle somewhat greater than a right angle.
The rear of the gripper I l and a part of the arm I3 extending therefrom are notched along one edge, as indicated at I5, to a depth of at least one-half the width of the operating member It. When the two operating members II) are assembled, the arms I3 on the respective members are crossed with what would normally be the outer faces of the grippers I I opposing each other. The arms I 3 cross at the notches I4 at which point they are reduced in thickness so that they will not interfere with each other and the notches also permit movement of the arms I3 with respect to each other.
When the operating members have been assembled, the handle portions I2 thereof are.ir 1 opposing relation and they are secured together by a split sleeve I6. The split sleeve I5 is squeezed together and clamped to the operating members I i? after it has been put in place. When this is done, the operating members ID are for all practical purposes permanently secured together without soldering or welding and any unsightly marring of the operating members as might occur if they were soldered or welded together.
The arms I 4 extending from the handle portions IZ diverge in opposite directions from the point at which the handle portions are joined and they resiliently hold the opposing faces of the grippers i i in rm, positive contact with each other. The arms Iii may be squeezed together by the user pressing against their outer sides and as indicated by the dotted lines in Fig. 2, this separates the opposing faces of the grippers I I to engage the desired object. When pressure is released from the arms Iii, the resiliency of the arms returns the grippers to their normal or gripping position without any other action on the part of the user.
As shown best in Fig. 5, the grippel1 portions il are pointed at their gripping ends and are beveled, as indicated at Il', along their side edges on one face thereof. The face of each of the gripper portions which opposes and contacts with the other gripper portion is fiat. The manner in which the faces of the opposing gripper portions contact is shown in Fig. 4. This construction of the grippers permits small individual objects such as human hairs to be readily engaged with a sure, positive gripping action under the action of the spring arms I4.
It will be understood that various changes and modifications may be made in the particular embodiment of the invention illustrated and described herein without departing from the scope of my invention as dened by the following claim.
A tweezer comprising a pair of operating members made of spring steel, each of said members being identical and having a handle portion at one end thereof, said handle portions having opposing fiat faces engaging with each other, opposing arms extending from said handle portions and diverging outwardly therefrom, a second arm extending inwardly from the outer ends of each of the rst-mentioned arms, said second arms extending across each other and having elongated notches therein extending along the side edges thereof at the point where said arms cross, and a triangularly-shaped gripping member carried at the free end o f each of said second arms, said gripping members having opposed fiat faces with the other faces thereof being bevelled along their side edges, said flat faces normally being held in resilient engagement with each other and a split sleeve extending over the handle portions of the operating members, said split sleeve being-clamped together to hold the opposing faces of the handle portions in contact with each other.
GEORGE T. DALE.
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