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Патент USA US2098795

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Patented Nov. 9, 1937
Martin L. Rowe, Chicago, Ill., assigner to The
Gerrard Company, Inc., Chicago, Ill., a corpo
ration of Delaware
Application May 22, 1936, Serial‘No. 81,220
2 Claims.
When newspapers are sent out to the news
dealers, they are usually tied up in bundles with
wires which keep the papers from getting sep
arated and also prevent unauthorized removal of
5 any of the papers. The dealers, upon receipt of
the bundles, have to cut the wire before they can
getv any of the papers out, and this cutting is
usually done with pliers.
Even the cheapest pliers which can be used for
10 this work cost quite a bit, and as it is customary
to furnish the dealers with pliers and a large
number are required, this represents a substantial
item of expense. Furthermore, pliers have to be
turned into just the right position before they can
be used to twist and break a wire, which takes up
time and delays to that extent the opening of the
bundles. Moreover, as pliers are used for many
other different purposes, they are likely to be mis
placed, and experience has shown they are fre
quently not at hand when needed for this pur
When newspapers are tied into a bundle by
means of wire, one wire I3 is placed about the 5
bundle lengthwise of the same and a second wire
I4 is placed about the bundle at right angles to
the ñrst wire.
The stacked papers are com
pressed somewhat by the wires, which are tied
under tension.
Both of the wires of course have lo
to be removed in order to permit the free removal
of the papers.
With the slotted disk I0 the cutting of the wires
is a simple matter. The disk is grasped in any
position between the thumb and forei'lnger, and
the rounded edge of the disk beyond the thumb is
pressed against the bundle with the nearest slot
The object of the present invention is to pro
vide a wire cutting device which is simple, light
and compact, can be used to sever wire when held
in any position between the fingers, will do the
I I straddling the wire to be severed. The papers
in the bundle will yield enough to allow the wire
to be bottomed in the slot without difficulty, and
when the disk is now twisted briskly first in one
direction and then in the other through but a
portion of a turn the tensioned wire will immedi
ately snap. The curvature of the edge of the
disk at opposite sides of the particular slot used
work easily and quickly, costs practically nothing
presents a blunt nose to the papers, which elimi
to manufacture, and is likely to be available for
nates the likelihood of digging into and injuring
the outermost paper, which damage is of frequent
occurrence when ordinary pliers are used.
use at all times due to its convenient size and lack
of utility for other purposes.
A preferred embodiment of the invention is
3 O presented herein for the purpose of exempliñca
tion, but it will of course be understood that the
invention is susceptible of embodiment in other
effectively with 1'71/2 or 18 gauge wire, which is
the wire usually employed in the bundling of
I claim:
1. A one-piece wire cutter comprising a single
thin flat metal disk which is provided about its
periphery with a number of radial slots and is
slightly modiñed structural forms coming equally
characterized by opposed finger-engaging sur
within the scope of the appended claims.
faces by means of which the disk may be gripped ~ r
In the accompanying drawing:
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a bundle of news
papers tied with wire;
Fig. 2 is a face view of the cutter; and
Fig. 3 is an edge view of the cutter.
The cutter which is shown in the drawing con
sists of a hardened metal disk I0 which is pro
vided about its periphery with a number of uni
formly spaced radial slots II. The disk is pro
vided at its center with an aperture I2 which
45 facilitates centering of the disk between the ñn
gers and allows the disk to be either hung over a
hook or strung on a cord.
The disk is preferably about 1% inches in di
ameter and à inch in thickness, with the slots
50 about 1/8 inch in length and .049 inch in width,
adjacent any one of the slots and twisted back
cause a wire positioned in such adjacent slot to be
broken by the abrupt bending to which it is sub
jected by the edges of the slo-t.
2. A one-piece wire cutter comprising a single
thin ñat centrally apertured metal disk of circu
lar form which is provided about its periphery
with a number of uniformly spaced radial slots
and is characterized by opposed finger-engaging
surfaces by means of which the disk may' be
gripped adjacent any one of the slots and twisted
back and forth with considerable leverage where
by to cause a wire positioned in such adjacent
slot to be broken by the abrupt bending to which
it is subjected by the edges of the slot.
but dimensions other than these can of course be
employed. Slots of this particular size will work
and forth with considerable leverage whereby to
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