US 2947047 A
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W. A. GUZELL Aug. 2, 1960 PAPER CLIP Filed July 2, 1956 INVENTOR. WALTER A. Guzzu.
BY W ATTORNEY United States Patent F PAPER CLIP Walter A. Guzell, 2453 W. Hirsch, Chicago, 11!.
Filed July '2, 1956, Ser. No. 595,468
1 Claim. (Cl. 24- 66) This invention relates in general to paper clips and in particular to a positive holding paper puncturing clip from which the papers may be individually released in an expeditious manner.
Several factors involved in the eflicient functioning of a paper clip are: First; it must be capable of securely holding a large quantity of papers together without straining the clip and must prevent accidental separation of the papers, and, second; it must permit easy removal of one or more sheets from the clip without mutilating the papers.
The objects of my invention are, therefore:
First; to provide a paper clip with a puncturing tip.
Second; to provide an angular paper puncturing tip on the clip so related to the punctured paper being held that movement of the paper in a predetermined direction will readily release'the paper from puncturing tip of the clip without mutilating the paper.
Third; to provide a clip which will support the clipped papers in nondetachable position when said papers and clip are supported in a vertical position by means of the clip.
Fourth; to provide a clip which can be permanently locked in paper holding position.
Fifth; to provide a clip with a special pointed end for use with cloth or similar material.
Other objects and advantages as well as the construction and use of my invention will be better understood by means of the following descriptionin connection with the accompanying drawing in which:
Fig. 1 is an enlarged plan view of the clip.
Fig. 2 is an enlarged edge view of the same.
Fig. 3 is a view showing the clip in paper puncturing position.
Fig. 4 is an enlarged detailed view of the puncturing end of the clip.
Fig. 5 is a plan view of the clip after it is forced through the paper and partly rotated for positive paper gripping.
Fig. 6 is a plan View of a modified form of clip.
Fig. 7 illustrates a modified tip for use on cloth or the like.
Referring now to the drawing by numerals of reference, 1 desinates a loop or bight terminating in eyes 2 and 3, an inner bight 4 extending from eye 3 in substantially parallel relation to and in the same plane as bight 1.
The end 5 of bight 4 is turned at an angle and the normally squared terminal end surface 6 now is in angular relation to the paper 7 on which the clip is mounted. (See Fig. 4.) A very slight reverse curve at 5' is provided for the purpose hereinafter specified.
With the papers 7 slipped into place between the two Zfidifid? Patented Aug. 2, 1960 2- bights 1 and 4 pressure is brought to bear against the papers opposite the end 5 of the bight 4 whereby the end surface 6 punctures the papers and the clip may be rotated slightly so that the end 5 will extend through the punctured opening 6' a substantial distance as seen in Fig. 5. The papers will now be inseparable.
When it is desired to remove one or more of the papers it is merely necessary to grasp the paper or papers in one hand and the clip in the other hand and pull the paper first in a direction parallel to the end 5 as indicated by the arrow in Fig. 5. By virtue of the inherent resiliency of the material from which the clip is formed the end 5 will be sprung in a direction transversely to the plane of the paper, the latter leaving the clip through the punctured opening 6' and sliding along until it is completely free of the clip. Thus, papers can be individually removed from the clip, or two or more papers can be simultaneously removed.
The reverse curve 5' aids in smooth release of the papers without mutilating them as it provides a smooth rather than a sharp edge against which the papers slide. The reverse portion 5 does not affect the puncturing characteristics of the end 5 when pressure is brought to bear against the paper at said end 5.
The clip can be permanently locked against removal by forcing eye 2 toward eye 3 in the direction of the arrow as shown in Fig. 5. Bight 1 will now partially overlap bight 4.
With the ordinary paper clip a large number of papers will cause straining to the point whereby clip loses its ability to hold the papers and will not return to its original shape, Whereas the eye 3 in my clip prevents permanent strain and permits a considerable amount of deformation. Also, with the papers punctured by tip 5, they cannot be lost or separated.
The papers can be hung by means of the eyes 2 or 3 without danger of loss of any of the papers.
In the modification shown in Fig. 6, a loop 8 may be provided with the clip being in the form of a convolute, the inner end 11' being upturned similarly to end 5. The papers 7 are insertable between the outer portion 10 and the inner portion 11, the action of the clip being quite similar to that of the other form. An eye 12 maybe provided and the papers may be hung from said eye if desired.
With either form it is very simple to apply the clip to the papers, to puncture the papers with the end of the clip and to move said clip end through the punctured opening to prevent accidental removal of the papers from the clipand finally-to easily and quickly remove one or more of the papers from the clip by a simple movement While holding the clip in one hand and the papers to be removed in the other, imparting a quick movement to the papers being removed for release from the end 5 through the punctured openings in the papers.
With the modified tip 5" (see Fig. 7) relatively pointed in configuration, the clip can be used on cloth or similar material in the same manner as used with paper, the paper clip normally being incapable of such use because of the bluntness of tip 5.
It is apparent that changes in form, proportion and details of construction may be resorted to without departing from the spirit of my invention and I reserve all rights to such changes as come within the scope of these specifications and the claim which follows.
What I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
A U-shaped paper clip formed of a single resilient wire, comprising a pair of U-shaped coplanar juxtaposed members forming an inner bight and an outer bight, an eye formed at one end of the outer bight, a. second eye common to the other end of the outer bight and one end of the inner bight, the other end of the inner bight terminating in an end angularly disposed to the plane of the coplanar bights.
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