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Патент USA US2131395

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Sept. 27, 1938.
A. voss
File-ad Jan. 27, 1957
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Patented Seph27, 1938 t
xrronmv sorssolts] '
' .jt-Airthurvoss, Yonkers, N.v Y., assignorv to Grsef -. I
&, Schmidhlnen New York, N._'X., a corpora- - >
tion of New York‘ -,
“Application January ‘'27. 1931, sci-n1 No; 122,434 ‘
2' Claims, (01. 65-46)
This invention has for ‘its object to provide a
suitable scissors o_r_ shears of sufficient strength
use,>| my improved shearsi'illust'rated' in; Figure 1.
has embodied :therein, two outwardly ?aring
members l1 and 18, which members are posi
combined with devices which will enable the
scissors to be used for ‘kitchen use "and other
tioned ‘close to the ‘pivoted blades 12,‘ and are '.
utility, such as a cap-lifterand jar opener. v ‘ t
curved or ?ared ‘as indicated by reference char- 5 ‘
The invention‘ consists vin having a section of 'acter" l9; ,the‘radiu's ‘o'fcurvat'ure being such that
the handle portions of the scissors ?ared inisuch these two ?ared members ‘may beariplied over
manner that they may be applied to any size cap , the to'pvof a bottle cap and'the capi'isthen in-p
or bottle top, or jar or like receptacle, and such sertedjinthelspace formed by'such ?ared or
?ared portions will thereby serve as a grip toen
close or clamp the cap or top of a bottle or like
receptacle by a lever action which will instantly
curved portions ‘I1 and ll. The ?aredportions I1 10
and [8 at their lower =parts'areprovided ‘with
and effectively remove the same.’ v'I'hese ?ared
portions are also provided ’wit_h'members which
hers have parallel sides 22 and are offset from the I
main body of the scissors by cut-outportions23. ’
wedge members 20 and 121.
15 engage the cap‘ or top closure so that by‘a lever
action of the scissors as a whole, the cap or closure
Said ‘wedge'mem- ‘ ' '
In consequence; these wedge member-s20 ‘and 2|, 1'
protrude sharply away .fro'm'the'bodyportion ‘of '
may be removed.‘ My improved shears also em
the scissors'and are 'free‘to‘engage' the lowermost .
bodies on an inner section of each handle por
portionof the cap skirt. 'When‘it is desired to.
loosen or remove a‘ cap the section 25§of the
20 which caps may be readily removed. An ad
scissors immediately below the. pivotal v‘point I2
ditional feature of my improvements is an ex
is placed upon the top of a cap and‘ the wedge
tension on one of the handle portions of the 'members 20 and 2| placed below the capskirt
shears by which it is possible to pry open lids or and a lever action‘applied by ‘moving upwardly’
tops of bottles, jars and the like which usually the ‘handles I3 and "H with the shear portions]!
tion complementary cap-engaging devices by
' resist the usual manual operation.
and I I moved downwardly in respect to the bottle
cap, by which operation thebottle cap is readily ,
removed due to the lever action, the small arm
or shorter portions being near the cap and the
The invention will be more fully described
' hereinafter, an embodiment thereof shown in the
drawing, and the invention will be ?nally pointed
out in the claims.
handles l3 and I4, constituting the longer arm '
. of the, lever portions extendingconsiderably out-‘ w
Figure 1 is a side view of my improved kitchen wardly from the cap so that a slight force in an
scissors or shears in closed position, showing in upward direction applied" to the handles‘of the
In the accompanying drawing:—
combination therewith, my improved cap opener
and remover;
shears will in?uence the force exerted at the
bottle cap and effect removal ofthe same'with '
Figure 2 is a horizontal section on line 2-2 of
Fig. 1;
ease. From the drawing, it is seenthat each
blade l0 and II is provided-with a projection 25
on thehandle side of the pivot II, which has a
Figure 3 is a view taken on line 3-3 of Fig. 1;
Figure 4 is a horizontal section taken on line ' contour transverse to the median‘ line of the“
4-4 of Fig. 1;
Figure 5 is a partial view of the structure shown
in Fig. 1, showing a bottle-cap-opening device
in extended position; and
Figure 6 is a detail view from line 2-2 of Fig
scissors. These projections 25, when the handles
are separated opening thejscissor blades, and
when the scissors are’applied to act as a 'cap
opener, rest on the top of ‘the cap.
50 consists of the usual cutting blades l0 and H
In cases in which‘the cap is'jlarger ‘than the I
ure 1, seen in a direction opposite to the arrows
Similar numerals refer to similar parts
throughout the several views.
Referring to the drawing, and more particularly
to Figure 1, the kitchen shears of my invention
opener provided by a usualv scissorsas shown in
Fig. 1,~the handles l3 and It may be spread 45
su?lcientlyfrom one another and then theen- '
larged space designated by 26 is utilized to enable‘, '
the wedge portions 20 and‘ 2| to grip the same
side of; the capto be removed. This ‘enables the" *
removal of- an unusually large size cap.‘ The
pivoted at l2, each of which is provided with the I parallel sides 20 and 2 I are so arranged that they
usual handle portions 13 and M, the ?nger-hold; maybe entered belowthe'cap skirt and thereby . , ‘.
ing portions of which are designated by numerals obtain a good grip and the use of handlesl3
l5 and IS, in well-known manner.
‘ I and ill by leveraction creates considerable force,
In distinction to kitchen shears heretofore in to facilitate removal ‘of the ca
any size of screwcap correspondingthereto,may
Itlhas been found that certain kinds 0! caps
used on bottles or Jars are diillcult of removal
be used for the removal of screw caps. It will ‘be
which such caps are readily removed, andcon
wedge members‘, form a triangular grip.
since they do not respond to turning operation noted that in Fig. 5, the innermost ends of the
by hand. ‘My invention includes a new device by blades, form pointed portions, which with the two
sists of serrated portions 21 positioned along the
intermediate handle portions 28 and 29. It will
be noted that these serrated portions are ar-v
ranged -in circular shape and a slight opening
The device described provides a very convenient
utensil in kitchen use and it may be manufac
tured at small cost and at the same time presents
all the advantages of a bottle or jar opener.
3 I ‘have described severalxembodiments of my 10
10 of the handle portions permits the opening of a invention,
but 'it will be clear thatchanges may
large size can by the proper functioning of these .
the invention described without
complementary serrated portions 28 and 2M
departing from the scope of the subjoined claims.
An additional feature of my improved shears
will be seen in handle I3, which is provided with
I claim:
15 an extension 30 capable of use to pry open lids
and the like on various sizes of cans.
' '
It will be seen that my improved shears in con
struction resemble very closely the ordinary scis
sors or shears and has‘ in combination therewith
my new cap opener made up ‘of wedge members
20 and 2 l, the combination of which does not ma‘;
teriallychange the newv construction from that‘
of anfordinary shearswhichis due to the ‘fact
that the bottle cap opening device is positioned
close to the pivoted portionsand due to the ‘fea
ture of outwardly ?ared portions the device is
arranged in alignment with the longitudinal ,line
of the scissors proper.
The improved scissors hasthe wedge members
20 and 2| disposed centrallylof the?ared ‘por
tions IQ of the handlesso' that the device may
be applied to a bottle cap-from either or both of
its sides. ,Thisfacilitates the handling of the
device in the removal of bottle caps. 1
It will also be noted that the wedge members
20 and 2|, ,form with the innermost portionsof
the blades, diametrically opposite to the wedge
members, av substantially diagonal holding de
vice, which either in the position shown in Fig. 1,
40 for the size of a screwcap corresponding thereto,
or in ‘the variable position shown in Fig. 5, for
1. In a kitchen utensil, a pair of matched 15
members pivoted to-each. other by a pivot shaft
transverse to thelength of the members, and re
versed in respect to a‘ median line passing through
the pivot shaft, each member having a handle
portion, and each member having disposed be
tween thepivot shaft and its handle portion close‘
to the pivot shaft a section having a contour ex
tendingtransverse to the length of said member, a
reentrant curved portion ‘bulging outwardly of
said median line and merging with said contour,
andsterminating close to said median line, and a
wedge-shaped lug at .the said termination and
projecting from said curved portion towards said
pivot shaft, whereby when the utensil is applied
to a bottle cap, the transverse section resting
upon the cap acts as a fulcrum, and they wedge~
shaped lugs engaging below the skirt of the cap, "
an upward pull on the handle portions enables
the cap tobe removed by lever action, the open,
ablehandle portions adapting said utensil tothe
removal of different sized caps.
2. A kitchen utensil as de?ned in claim 1,
in which the lugs project from said curved por
tion midway of its depth.
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