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Publication numberUS779082 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 3, 1905
Filing dateOct 22, 1904
Priority dateOct 22, 1904
Publication numberUS 779082 A, US 779082A, US-A-779082, US779082 A, US779082A
InventorsWilliam Huber
Original AssigneeEagle Pencil Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 779082 A
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PATENTED JAN. 3, 1905.




UNITED STATES Patented January 3, 1905.




SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 779,082, dated January 3, 1905.

Application filed October 22, 1904. Serial No. 229,602.

To ctZZ whom, it may concern:

Be it known that I, WILLIAM HUBER, a citi- Zen of the United States, residing in the city of New York, county of New York, State of New York, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Penholders, of which the following is a specification.

My invention relates to that class of penholders in which the grip portion is tubular and is long'itudinally slitted or divided into individually spring-yielding narrow strips or fingers to impart a certain elasticity to the same. that these strips or lingers are slightly bowed, are separated from one another at one end, and have their separate ends housed in a cap or ferrule in which they are capable of slight endwise movement.

In the accompanying' drawings, to which I shall now refer, Figure 1 is a perspective view of a penholder embodying the invention. Fig. 2 is a cross-section of the same on line 2 2, Fig. l. Fig. 3 is a longitudinal axial section of the penholder.

The penholder consists of the handle a, having a tenon Z), on the front end of which is secured a tip consisting of a sheet-metal tube c, having an annular flare or flange CZ at its front end and containing a split springmetal thimhle e, between which and the flared or flanged head of the tube the pen p is inserted. This far the construction is old. It has been usual heretofore to mount a sleeve, of cork, rubber, or other suitable material, upon the tenon end of the penholder, confining it` between the shoulder of the tenon at rear and at front by the iiange d or the cap or ferrule f just back of the flange. upon this portion of the penholder that I mount my improved grip, which consists of a sleeve g, of any suitable material, but .preferably of hard rubber, which is slit longitudinally for a portion of its length into separate and distinct narrow strips or fingers it, which are slightly bowed, so as to stand away from the tenon, which they surround. The

The characteristic of my `invention isA slits extend entirely through one end of the sleeve, (in this instance the front end,) so that the fingers at this end are entirely distinct and separate from one another. The free ends of the fingers are assembled and housed in the cap or ferrule f, which latter is cupshaped, much as the ferrule receiving the free ends of the ribs of a closed umbrella is shaped. The ferrulef fits on the tube c and is held thereon by the fiange d. The free ends of the lingers or strips are individually capable of slight lengthwise movement in the flange or cap f, so that when the grip formed by their bowed portions is taken between the fingers of the user and pressure applied sufficient to cause these parts of the strips, or some of them, to yield inwardly their front ends may be free to move forward slightly in the ferrule, so as to facilitate the yielding of the grip. In this way an agreeable grip is provided which will readily yield at the points where pressure is applied. It is preferred to transversely corrugate or rib the exterior faces of the fingers, as at t. This, however, is a nicety and not a necessity.

I am aware of British Patent No. 3,166 of A. D. 187 9 and of United States patent granted to my assignee as assignee of George Oberbeck, No. 624,853, of May 9, 1899, and I make no claim to anything shown and described in either one of these patents. I, however, believe myself to be the first to have made a penholder with a grip portion composed of spring-yielding fingers mounted and held on the holder at one end and having their free ends housed in a receiver in which they are individually capable of lengthwise movement.

What, therefore, I claim herein, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is as follows:

l. In a penholder a tubular grip portion consisting of a series of longitudinal lspringyielding fingers mounted on, and secured at one end to, the penholder, and a receiving ferrule or cap, also mounted and held on the penholder, in which the free ends of the fingers are housed, and are individually capable of lengthwise movement, substantially as set forth.

. 2. A penholder provided at its front end withy a cap or ferrule f and having a tubular grip portion consisting of a sleeve g of elastic or spring yielding material longitudinally slit for a portion of its length into separate narrow bowed strips or lingers L the free ends of which are housed and capable individually I O of lengthwise motion in the cap or ferrule, substantially as hereinbefore set forth.

In testimony whereof I afHX my signature in presence of two witnesses.

' WILLIAM HUBER. Witnesses:


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Cooperative ClassificationB43K23/004