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Publication numberUS402327 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 30, 1889
Filing dateDec 26, 1888
Publication numberUS 402327 A, US 402327A, US-A-402327, US402327 A, US402327A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Combination household-tool
US 402327 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)


No. 402,327. Patented Apr. 30, 1889.





SPECIFICATION formingpart of Letters Patent No. 402,327, dated April 30, 1889. Application filed December 26, 1888. Serial No. 294,685. (No model.)

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FREDERICK A. I-IUEHN,

a citizen of the United States, residing at Ohicago, in the county "of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Combination Household- Tools, of which the following is a specification, to wit:

My invention relates to an improved implement for household use, and is composed of many devices for different purposes, complete in one strong, simple, and durable tool; and it consists in certain peculiarities of the construction and arrangement of the same, as will be hereinafter more fully set forthand claimed.

In order to enable others. skilled in the art to which my invention pertains to make and use the same, I will now proceed to describe it, referring to the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a perspective view of my device. Figs. 2, 3, and 4 are detail views showing modifications of my invention.

In the drawings, the letter a represents the handle of ahammer graduated into inches and fractional parts thereof, so as to afford a rule or measure, and having at one end a claw, b, for drawing nails, tacks, &c., and at the opposite end a hammer-head, 0, made integral with the handle, and preferably of the form shown in Fig. 1 of the drawings. Upon the side of the hammer adjacent to the measure on the handle I- form a horn-shaped prong or spur, d, which is bent in an opposite direction from the handle and projects far enough over the outer edge of the hammer -to allow of insertion into a can, as will be presently explained.

E is a longitudinally-adj ustable sleeve provided with and carrying a pointed knife, 6, having two sharp cutting-edges crosswise the handle. This knife is designed tooperate in conjunction with the 'spur d in opening cylindrical cans, and the operation is obvious. By pressing the point of the prong or spur d it is easily inserted about the center of the can when the handle is lowered till the knife rests on the can, when by a light pressure or blow it is driven into the tin, and by moving the handle to the right or left the knife describes a circle in the top of the can.

Instead of using the prong d, I may provide my hammer with a pointed prong, is, having a niche, 5, near its base, as shown in Fig. 2, in which case the operation will be similar to the one just described, with the exception of inserting the prong k, which is done by a light blow, thus driving the prong 70 into the can till the edge of the tin rests in the niche. The

handle can then be turned to the right or left and the circular out made in the can.

It will be observed that I place these projections upon the side of the tool having the rule or measure, so that they will not interfere in measuring. It is also evident that the sleeve E can be adjusted to any desired point I and firmly held in placeby set-screw l, or it may be removed entirely from the handle when it is desired to use the tool as atry-square. The upper portion of this sleeve forms a jaw, f, of a monkey-wrench, the upper portion of the hammer-head c forming the other jaw, and also a rivet-hammer, g.

In Fig. 3 I have shown a modification of my can-opener, which I may employ instead of the one above described. This modification is designed more especially for opening rectangular cans, and consists of a knife, h, preferably of the form shown in Fig. 3, rigid with the sleeve E and extending a short distance beyond the outer edge of the hammer 0 when the sleeve is on the handle. The point of the knife is then easily inserted into the can and the tin cut by a ripping operation.

Fig. i is a modification of the claw b, which I may substitute for the same. In this variation I form the under side of the handle straight and bevel the top, thus affording a claw, screwdriver z', and a pry for removing the tops of boxes.

Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is

1. In a combination-tool, the handle a, having the claw b, and hammer 0, provided with prong or spur d, and jaw g, in combination with the sleeve E, having knife e, jaw f, and set-screw Z, substantially as shown and described, and for the purpose set forth.

2. In a combination-tool, the graduated handle a, having claw b, and hammer 0, provided with prong or spur d, and jaw 9, all made in one piece, in combination with the sleeve E,having knife e, jaw f,'and set-screw Z, substantially as shown and described, and for the purpose set forth.

3. In a combination-tool, the graduated handle a, in combination with hammer 0, having the prong is, provided with notch or niche s,

and the sleeve E, having the knife e, and setscrew Z, and jaw f, substantially as shown and described, and for the purpose set forth.

4. In a combination tool, the adjustable sliding sleeve E, having the knife h, j aw f, and

set-screw Z, in combination with the graduated handle a, having claw b, and hammer c,

provided with jaw g, substantially as shown and described, and for the purpose set forth.

In testimony whereof I aflix my signature in presence of two Witnesses.




Cooperative ClassificationB25F1/00