Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS690143 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 31, 1901
Filing dateSep 10, 1901
Priority dateSep 10, 1901
Publication numberUS 690143 A, US 690143A, US-A-690143, US690143 A, US690143A
InventorsHerbert Grooms
Original AssigneeHerbert Grooms
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pocket compound tool.
US 690143 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

N0. 6%,l43. Patented Dec. 3|, l90l. H. GROOMS.


(Application filed Sept. 10, 1901.)

(No Model.)

INVENTOR Herbal? 07-00mm, QM 0Q g ,1




' SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 690,143, dated December 31, 1901.

Application filed September 10, 1901. $erial No. 74,898. (No model.)

T0 61/ whom it 7IZ/[l/y concern:

Be it known that I, HERBERT GROOMS, a citizen of the United States of America, residing at Huntington, in the county of Oabell and State of West Virginia, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Pocket Compound Tools, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, in which- Figure 1 is a perspective view showing the manner in which the horn device is used in removing bottle stoppers or seals; Fig. 2, a side elevation of the device, showing the folding implements open and the horn covered by its cap; Fig. 3, an edge view, partly in section, showing the device adjusted for carrying in the pocket; and Fig. 4, a detail side elevation of one of the springs for actuating and locking the folding implements.

The object of this invention is to provide a simple and inexpensive tool of the pocket type that may be safely carried in the pocket and which will be provided at one end with one or more folding instruments-such as knife-blades, corkscrews, nail-files, buttonhooks, &c.and at its other end with a rigid horn-like implement or other auxiliary tool which may be used for various purposessuch as removing bottle caps or seals, stoppers, stones from horses hoofs, wire from hottie-necks, &c.this horn being adapted to be covered when not in use by a removable guardcap, as more fully hereinafter set forth.

The implement, as stated, is of the pocketknife type; and it consists of a pair of side plates a, riveted in the manner of a pocketknife to a division-plate b, and a pair of intermediate spring-plates c, the ends of these spring-plates at one end of the implement being left free of the division-plate and the side plates in order to actuate and look a pair of folding implements d, which are adapted to fold into the spaces on opposite sides of the central division -plate 19 when not in use. These folding implements may be knifeblades, as shown, or corkscrews, nail-files, small scissors, or any other implements that may be adapted to be folded into the handle of the toolin the manner shown in Fig. 3. The free ends d of the springs bear upon the heels of the folding implements and hold them open or closed in the manner of an ordinary pocketknife. The other ends of the springs c are riveted rigidly to the side plates and the di- Vision-plate and are deepened to equal the depth of said plates, and projecting endwise from these enlarged ends of the springs are hook-shaped parts 6, which curve up slightly and are tapered and which together form a horn-like implement. The division-plate bis also extended into a similarly-shaped hook in order to fill the space between the hooks formed on the spring and assist in strengthening the horn. A guard-cap is fitted removably on the end of the tool, so as to cover the horn, whereby the tool may be carried in the pocket or be handled without injury. This guardcap may be threaded on, as shown in the drawings, or it may be fitted nicely, so as to be held simply by friction.

It will be observed that the essential char acteristic of this tool lies in utilizing one end of the lock-spring to lock in position a suitable folding implement, such as a knife-blade, and its other end to form a rigid horn-like implement or other auxiliary tool that may be used for various purposes, especially for re moving bottle-seals. It will be observed that the invention is not confined to two folding implements, as shown, since but one or more than two implements may be employed without departing from the invention, and it will be observed also that the horn may be formed by an extension of but one of the springs, if such spring be thick enough to afford the necessary strength.

Having thus fully described my invention, what I claim, and desire to obtain by Letters Patent, is-

1. In combination with a tool-handle, a back-spring seated between the cheek-pieces and having one end free to bear on a pivoted tool, its other extremity extending beyond the handle and forming an auxiliary tool, as set forth.

2. In combination with a tool-handle having side plates or cheek-pieces, a back-spring seated between the cheek-pieces and having one end free to bear on a pivoted tool and having its other extremity extending beyond the handle and formed into an auxiliary hornshaped tool, as set forth.

In testimony whereof I hereunto affix my signature, in the presence of two witnesses, this 9th day of September, 1901.




Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4876757 *Jun 24, 1988Oct 31, 1989Wentworth Michael BTool for replacing nozzles on caulking tubes
US7174590Mar 18, 2004Feb 13, 2007Philip J QuenziHandheld multi-tool
US7360267Dec 22, 2006Apr 22, 2008Philip J QuenziHandheld multi-tool
US20070101508 *Dec 22, 2006May 10, 2007Quenzi Philip JHandheld multi-tool
Cooperative ClassificationB26B11/00