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Publication numberUS2841156 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 1, 1958
Filing dateMar 20, 1956
Priority dateMar 20, 1956
Publication numberUS 2841156 A, US 2841156A, US-A-2841156, US2841156 A, US2841156A
InventorsHerald Leon S
Original AssigneeHerald Leon S
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fountain pen nail file
US 2841156 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

y 19-58 L. s. HERALD 2,841,156

I FOUNTAIN PEN NAIL FILE Filed March 20, 1956 29 Q ,4 38 @MI 39 'l'l'l'l'l"' INVENTOR. LEON S. HERALD km cifiaeew AZJURVAT I I I I I I I United S ttes atent FOUNTAIN PEN NAIL FILE .Leon S. Herald, New York, N. Y.

Application March 20, 1956, Serial No.572 645 .1 Claim. (Cl. 132-735) This invention concerns a manicuring instrument'such as a nail file embodied in a support for a tubular member such as a writing implement. The invention is particularly directed to an implement having a pocket clip with which is associated a nail file.

The use of a nail-file as a personal accessory to be carried about by men and women has been attended heretofore by a number of difliculties. In a mans pocketthe loose file weighs heavily and frequently cuts and tears the pocket. Its small size makes it difficult to remove from a pocket. In a womans purse similar objections arise since the file is not readily located in a congested handbag and injury to the handbag and contents from the sharp point and rough sides too often occurs.

The present invention is directed at overcoming these difficulties and disadvantages in an effort to popularize the use of the nail file as a personal accessory constantly available to both men and women. It is proposed in the present invention to embody the nail file in the pocket clip of a pen or pencil or other implement body. The nail file is arranged in such association therewith that the presence of one complements the function and structure of the other. While the embodiment of a nail file in a writing implement is principally contemplated it will be possible to embody the invention in the body of other structures such as pocket combs and the like provided with pocket clips as described below.

It is a principal object of the invention to provide a pocket implement with a clip support having a nail file associated therewith.

It is a further object to provide a pocket clip support for an implement with a nail file concealed in the clip and extendible therefrom at will.

It is a further object to provide a pocket clip support for an implement with a nail file embodied in the clip, and which nail file may be slid or swung out from the clip.

For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claim in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.

In the accompanying drawings forming a material part of this disclosure:

Fig. 1 is a fragmentary side elevational view of an implement such as a writing instrument embodying the invention.

Fig. 2 shows a portion of the underside of a clip and nail file forming part of the implement.

Fig. 3 is a plan view of the implement of Fig. 1, showing the nail file in dot-dash lines in extended position.

Fig. 4 is a plan view of an implement embodying a modification of the invention on a reduced scale.

Fig. 5 is a sectional view taken on lines 5-5 of Fig. 4, showing the nail file in dot-dash lines in extended position.

2.841,!56 Patented July 1, 1958 Fig. 6 showing internal constructional features.

Fig. 9 is a sectional view taken on lines 99 of Fig. 8.

Fig. 10 is a plan view of a further modification of the invention.

Fig. 11 is a sectional view taken on lines 11--11 ofFig. 10, on an enlarged scale, the implement body being omitted.

Fig. 12 is a plan view of the invention embodied in another form of pocket implement, showing the nail file in extended position.

In Figs. 1, 2 and 3 is shown the body 20 of an implement which may be the cap of a fountain pen, the body of a pen or pencil, or the body of any other similar instrument having an elongated portion to which is at tached a pocket clip 21. The clip is a flexible member adapted to fit over the pocket of a suit or the like. The clip has a rounded or substantially spherical end 22, an elongated arcuate section 23, and an end portion 24 which is secured to the body 2% by a rivet 24. The end 26 of the clip is lodged in a recess in the body to prevent rotation of the clip on the axis of the rivet. The clip is so mounted that its free end may be flexed upwardlyfrom the body 2G to engage the clip over the margin of apocket of a garment. A nail file 29 is disposed in a wholly or partially concealed manner beneath the clip. One end 32 of the nail file fits into a notch 33 in the ball end 22. of the clip as best shown in Fig. 2. The other end of the nail file is engaged by the rivet 24. The nail file is thus pivotably disposed in a concealed manner within the clip. A notch 28 is provided in the clip whereby the nail file may be pushed out from beneath the clip. The engagement of the end 32 in the notch 23 insures against accidental displacement of the nail file. The manner in which the nail file may be swung out perpendicularly to the body is shown by dotted lines and arrow A in Fig. 3. Either the fine abrasive side 31 or the coarse abrasive side 30 of the file may be placed adjacent to the body 20. Placement of the finer side is preferred since this will cause minimum abrasion of the fabric of a garment pocket and will cause the least abrasion if any does occur of the body of the implement.

The disposition of the file Within the clip in such manner as to place an abrasive side such as side 31 near the body 20 insurm that when the clip is placed over a pocket the file cooperates with the clip in holding the body of the implement securely in the pocket.

When the nail file is extended as shown in Fig. 3, the body 20 serves as a handle for the file during use thereof. The file is readily retracted under the clip and engaged in the notch 33. The file has a rounded end 27 which fits snugly against end 26 when the file is concealed under the clip.

In Figs. 4 and 5 the nail file 29 is shown mounted on the outside of clip 21. The clip is provided with a recess 34 in which the file fits snugly. The end 32 of the file fits under the tip of the curved end 22' of the clip. A pair of projections or pintles 35 extend laterally from the opposite end of the file and are engaged in recesses in the sides of recess 34. By this means the file may be swung outwardly from the clip as shown by arrow B to dispose the file perpendicularly to the body 20. Here again the body serves as a handle while the file is in use for a manicuring purpose. The file is easily retracted into recess 34 and the tip of end 32 engaged under the clip end 22. A notch 28' may be provided in the side of recess 34 to facilitate entry of a fingernail under the file to bring it out from the recess.

' The disposition of the file in the recess 34 may be regarded as at least a partial concealment thereof since the surface 31 has an attractive and ornamental appearance and the surface 31 lies flush with the sides of the clip, so that it is not readily apparent that the clip embodies a nail file.

In Figs. 6, 7, 8 and 9 the file 29 is slidably disposed at the exterior side of the clip 21 in the recess or groove 34. The groove has overhanging eaves or marginal portions 36 to retain and guide the file in its outward movement as indicated by arrow C. The projections 35 extending laterally from the end of the file to engage the terminal wall portions 37 of the groove 34 to prevent the file from coming out of the groove. The body 20 serves as a handle during use of the file as above mentioned.

In Figs. 10 and 11 the file is slidably disposed beneath the clip 21 in a recess 34' located at the underside of the clip. The lateral extensions 35 move in slots 38 in the sides of the clip. When the file is retracted the end 32 becomes engaged under the clip end 22 in a manner similar to that shown in Fig. 2. The extensions 35 may extend outwardly sufiiciently to be gripped by the fingers of the user to move the file longitudinally with respect to the clip as indicated by arrow D.

In the arrangement of Fig. 12 the implement supporting the clip 21 and file 29 is a pocket comb 20'. The clip is disposed longitudinally of the body of the comb. The file is mounted in a manner similar to that shown in Figs. 1, 2 and 3 although the mounting arrangements used in any of the other embodiments of the invention above described may be employed instead,

While I have illustrated and described the preferred embodiments of my invention, it is to be understood that I do not limit myself to the precise constructions herein disclosed and that various changes and modifications may be made within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claim.

Having thus described my invention, What I claim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent An implement embodying a manicuring device, comprising a tubular body, a flexible pocket clip fixed at one end thereof to said body, said clip having a free rounded end, with a notch therein, and a nail file pivotally secured to said body, said nail file having a pointed end and flat abrasive sides, said clip overlying and at least partially concealing the nail file in one position thereof, said nail file having one of said abrasive sides disposed adjacent said body and having said pointed end engaged in the notch in said rounded end when the nail file is in said partially concealed position, said nail file being pivotable to' a position substantially perpendicular to said clip, whereby said body serves as a handle for said nail file.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 653,807 Hofsteeter July 17, 1900 2,075,932 Ehrnmann Apr. 6, 1937 FOREIGN PATENTS 418,874 Great Britain Nov. 1, 1934 933,328 France Apr. 16, 1948

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US7306391Sep 29, 2004Dec 11, 2007Mitchell Paul SpreierSpatula pen
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U.S. Classification132/73.5, 401/195, D19/56, 132/76.4, D28/59, D19/36
International ClassificationA45D29/00, B43K29/00, A45D29/04, B43K29/18
Cooperative ClassificationA45D29/04, B43K29/18
European ClassificationB43K29/18, A45D29/04