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Publication numberUS3302842 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 7, 1967
Filing dateMar 4, 1965
Priority dateMar 4, 1965
Publication numberUS 3302842 A, US 3302842A, US-A-3302842, US3302842 A, US3302842A
InventorsMaceachron Lendrum A
Original AssigneeMaceachron Lendrum A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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I NVENTOR. EMMUMA MMM ifi/ l United States Patent O M 3,302,842 STAPLER Lendrum A. MacEachron, 3820 New Brighton Road, St. Paul, Minn. 55112 Filed Mar. d, 1965, Ser. No. 437,198 3 Claims. (Cl. 227--120) This invention is a stapler and more particularly is a stapler having a very short staple driving mechanism which is provided with a b-asethat extends laterally a substantial distance and has a slot therein. This slot base structure permits a very small stapler to do work normally associated with much larger devices. The stapler incorporates a box for additional staples so that the normal limitation of a very short stapler of carrying a very small supply of staples is alleviated. This same box serves as a pocket clip whereby the stapler may be securely held in the pocket of la user and secured against loss. The extra staple box is also removable so that it can be taken off at times for particular kinds of work. Also, when the last group or clip of staples from the box has been inserted into the staple driving head, the box may be removed and by its absence serve as a reminder to the owner of the stapling machine that a new supply of staples should be acquired soon. The device incorporates a further feature of having a scale on the leading edge of the staple driving anvil arm whereby the distance from the edge of a sheet that a staple being placed may be noted and repeated if desired to produce a consistent or regular pattern of stapling.

The idea of having a slot in a stapler to permit a smaller stapler to do the work of a larger stapler is not novel.

However, when this principle is carried to its logical end, a very small or short reach stapler` is used in which a group of staples that can be inserted into the head .f'nay be yas few as or 55. Although this may sound like a fair number, that many staples can be used up very rapidly. Accordingly, unless one has a supply of staples readily at hand, he may often find himself with an empty stapler. On the other hand, to have a box or reservoir for additional groups of staples or clips secured to the base of the stapler gets in the way for some kinds of stapli'ng. To provide additional staples without thus limiting the value of having the slotted stapler base, a removable box is provided. A clip, secured to the base, extends through an opening in either end `of the box so that the boxes are reversible and therefore do not require any particular attention to get them on the clip correctly. This opening in each end of the box leads into la central channel into which the clip secured to the base extends. Both sides of the channel engage the clip so as to prevent the extra staple reservoir from canting. Each bottom end of the box is curved in such a manner that it will assist in sliding the top edge of -a shirt or other garment pocket between the box an-d the base. In this way the extra staple box doubles as a clip. This is a very compact stapler that is capable of doing most any chore that the average person would care to put it to and one which is highly portable.

The invention will be described with reference to the drawings in which corresponding numerals refer to the same parts and in which:

FIGURE 1 is a prospective view of the invention;

FIGURE 2 is la longitudinal section drawn to a larger scale than FIGURE l;

FIGURE 3 is a section taken on the line and in the direction of the arrows 3*?, of FIGURE 2, but drawn to a scale approximately like that of FIGURE l;

FIGURE 4 is a plan view of the device drawn to la much smaller scale than FIGURE 1 and shown in use 3,392,842 Patented Feb. 7, 1967 ICC performing a stapling job that would ordinarily require a much larger unit; broken lines illustrate hidden parts; and

FIGURE 5 is a View drawn to the same scale as FIG- URE 4 illustrating how the device may be inserted into a garment pocket; broken lines again illustrate hidden parts.

In FIGURE 1 the staple driving head lll is seen to be of the usual configuration and pivotally mounted as at 12 on a channel Imember 14. The channel member 14 is secured to base portion 16. Base lo extends away laterally from the stapler more than twice as tar as the length of the stapler driving head.. The base then bends back toward the staple driving head until it provides a porti-on 18 directly under the staple driving head which portion 18 carries the staple bending anvil 2i). In this manner 1a slot 22 separates the staple driving yanvil 2t) from the hinge point 12 of the staple driving head.

Along the leading edge of the arm 18 which carries the staple bending anvil 2) may be seen to be a series lof calibrated marks making the scale 24 by means of which the distance that a sheet is inserted into the `slot 22 may be measured and repeated if desired. This is particularly convenient when doing the type of stapling illustrated in FIGURE 4 as will be discussed in more detail in connection with that tlgure` Beyond the staple driving head lll on the base portion 16 is seen an extra staple box or reservoir comprising a bottom 26 and a top 28. Any suitable type of box may be used and here it is one in which box top 28 may be separated completely from the box bottom 26. Box 26-28 is no ywider than the portion 16 of the base.

Turning to FIGURE 2, it will be seen that the box is secured to the b-ase portion 16 by means of a clip such as that shown -a-t 38. The box itself is provided with a longitudinally extending channel 32 in its `bottom which is a close sliding t on clip 3h. Clip 3@ enters the channel 32 by openings such as those shown iat 34 and 36 in both ends of the box. It is preferable to have clip 30 smooth on top throughout its length so as not to catch on the staples 38. The end of the clip, however, should be provided with a knob or bump which, if it is made by bending or forming a at sheet of material, should be bent under as seen `at {it} in FIGURE 2 so that the top of the clip will be smooth and not catch on the staples.

This bump or knob til engages in an opening 42 which secures the staple box against accidental disengagement from the staple unit. `Clip 30 may be secured to the base in any suitable way as by the rivets 44 in FIGURE 2, and the end 46 of the clip should be beveled so that when the device is clipped on a pocket as shown in FIGURE 5, the top edge of the pocket will not catch on the lo-Wer end of the clip. For the same reason, both ends of the box bottom 26 lare beveled on the bottom as shown at 48 so that the box will easily engage the edge of a shirt or vest pocket for the purpose of clipping the stapler to the garment. When an empty box is discarded, the clip 30 serves directly this purpose.

As seen in FIGURE 3, the clip 34) engages channel 32 with a close sliding fit so that the box bottom 26 is secured reasonably well against pivoting motions except as the spring clip yields to clip the device onto a pocket. At either side of channel 32 the ledges 50 provi-de a surface on which the staples 38 rest as can be observed in FIGURE 2.

In certain kinds of -stapling it is desirable to have the box 26-28 removed from the staple driving base which is accomplished by simply sliding the box until the channel 32 is free from the clip 38. In this manner the box can be placed out of the way when it is desired to have paper lie flat over the base nortion 16. Similarlv when the last of the staples 3S in the reservoir 26 has been removed from the reservoir and placed inside the stapling head 10, the box may be removed and discarded or at least freed from the base to remind the owner that he has nearly exhausted the supply of staples in the reservoir. If the box is only removed temporarily for the purpose of leaving the base portion 16 free from obstruction of the `box 26-28; when the stapling chore is done, it may be reinserted by simply pushing the clip 30 into either the opening 34 or 36 so that the clip extends into the channel and the knob 40 engages the depression 42 or its counterpart 52 near the opening 36. With most forms of stapling, however, there is no need to remove the box 26-28 and it remains clipped to the stapler to provide a handy source of additional staples when the staples in the head 10 are exhausted.

InFIGURE 4 is illustrated how this stapler may accomplish fwork that would normally be done with a much larger unit. In driving staples, for example, on the fold of a magazine -to repair a magazine from which some of the pages have become released from the original staples, the magazine 54 is inserted through the slot 22 and the staple driving head lined up over the fold. Anvil 20 will then be on one side of the magazine and the staple driving head 10 on the other whereupon a staple may `be driven through ythe fold even though the edges of magazines 54 may extend a substantial distance farther than the throat depth of the stapler head l0.

In a similar manner, but not illustnated here, this device Will seam together sheets of unlimited size. With the staple reservoir box removed, the stapler is placed on the first sheet in the manner shown in FIGURE 4 more or less but with the staple driving head near the edge of the sheet and c-anted to place channel 14 in from the edge las far as possible. The. second sheet is then laid over the edge of the rst sheet and under the staple driving head, but over both portions of t-he base. When the entire stapler is canted, the edge of the second sheet can lie under the driving head yet miss the channel 14 of the staple driving head. Thus the two sheet edges may be overlapped and staples driven through both sheets to secure them together even though they extend a great' distance in both directions from the edges being secured.

FIGURE is a substantially self-explanatory view of the stapler inserted in a shirt pocket 56 with the box 26-28 (only 28 of which can be seen because the device is being viewed in plan) on the outside of the pocket serving as a clip and with the base portions 16 and 18 inside of the pocket and shown in broken lines. Stapler yhead l0 and box 28 are substantially the only portions of the stapler showing when the stapler is thus clipped in the pocket. The stapler may be made narrow enough to t also a vest pocket or other pockets narrower than a shirt pocket. The actual dimensions of a functioning unit are 2 x 41/2 inches.

It is apparent that many modifications and variations of this invention as hereinbefore set forth may be made without departing from the spirit and scope thereof. The specific embodiments described are given by way of example only and the invention is limited only by the terms of the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

l. A stapler comprising: a base having a laterally extending slot forming two legs, a staple clinching anvil adjacent the end of one of said legs, a staple driving head hinged to the other of said legs adjacent the end thereof t0 position the head over the anvil, and a staple storage box removably secured to said other of said legs near said staple driving head.

2. The stapler of claim 1, wherein the staple storage box is provided with a slot near the bottom thereof, and a resilient clip secured to said other of said legs being engaged in said slot to removably secure said box to said leg.

3. The stapler of claim 2 in which said resilient clip is smooth on top and said staple storage box slot opens into a channel in the `bottom of said box, said resilient clip having a knob at its free end and engaged in Ia depression in said channel to minimize :accidental disengagement of said resilient clip from said channel, said 4staple storage box being rounded at its bottom end opposite to said slot to facilitate slipping a thin member, such as la pocket edge, between said staple storage box and said base.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 486,190 11/1892 Diver. 1,257,724 2/1918 Michon 227-155 1,537,610 5/1925 Huber 227-155 1,663,242 3/1928 Crofoot. 1,902,825 3/1933 Bliss et al 227-155 2,530,152 ll/() Corwin 227-155 2,632,889 3/1953 BeeCrOft 227-120 GRANVILLE Y. CUSTER, JR., Primary Examiner.

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U.S. Classification227/120, 227/110, 227/156
International ClassificationB25C5/00, B25C5/02
Cooperative ClassificationB25C5/02
European ClassificationB25C5/02