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Патент USA US2133501

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Oct. 18, 1938.
W. a EDY
2,133,501
PRINTER‘ S‘ TOOL
Filed Nov. 13, 1937
,
BY
INVENTOR.
William C. Edd;
,Q'IATTORNEY.
2,133,501
Patented Oct. 18, 1938
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,133,501
PRINTER’S TOOL
William C. Edy, Geneva, Ohio
Application November 13, 1937, Serial No. 174,393
7 Claims. (Cl. 276-1)
This invention relates to the subject of print
ing, and has special reference to tools and ap
pliances which are used by printers to facilitate
the compositor’s work in setting up type.
The invention has for its object the provision
of a unitary composing or make-up rule which is
practically adapted for quickly justifying type
forms, for lifting column rule, border rule, page
numbers, etc., for lifting cuts or tight slugs in
forms, for spreading type to facilitate the inser
tion of leads, for removing string'from ads, and
for removing burrs from linotype faces; the tool
being of such size and shape as to facilitate work
in narrow measures and to facilitate the work
of pressmen on high leads or work-up type on
flat bed presses.
I am aware that separate tools for many of
the purposes stated have been in use for many
years but a multiplicity of tools of this char
20 acter serves to retard rather than expedite the
work, and in newspaper o?ices as well as in other
printing establishments, it is still the practice
to use the ?ngernails, tweezers, toothpicks and
pen knives in performing many of the aforesaid
operations.
These and other objects of the invention will
become more apparent and better understood
after consideration has been given to the fol
lowing detailed description of the invention taken
in connection with the drawing which shows,
merely by way of illustration, structure adapted
for carrying out the objects of the invention.
The drawing shows a plan view of the improved
tool to which this invention relates.
My improved printer’s combination tool is
J formed from a single sheet of metal, preferably
from a good quality of steel, the body I being
thin and substantially ?at, having an elongated
straight, sharpened base edge 2 corresponding
approximately to the width of a column of type.
At one side, the tool is provided with a relatively
narrow arm or box heading extension 3, having
an edge ‘I, at one corner of which there is pro
vided a t pe-lifting hook 4. The tool is pro
vided with a straight edge 6 at the side opposite
to the arm 3. A hole 5 is provided in the body
of the tool for hanging up the tool when it is
not in use.
The improved tool to which this invention re
lates is of such form that it can be made from
a single sheet of metal or other material and it
can be made by a single operation of a stamping
or punching machine, which quickly and econom
ically produces the tool. After the tool has been
hardened and tempered,
55 stamped out, it may be
after which the edge 2 may be ground down to
the desired degree of sharpness or the tool may
be formed originally from a grade of steel hav
ing the desired physical characteristics.
In the preferred form of the invention, the
body portion of the tool is approximately in the
form of a rectangle. This particular form lends
itself to convenient holding within the hand of
the printer and the tool is so formed that it is
equally adapted for both right and left-hand 10
use for any of the purposes stated.
In the use of the tool, the body I is used as a
make-up rule and the base or edge 2 may be used
as a type spreader for inserting one or two
point leads for justifying type columns.
The
edge 3 of the tool may be used for inserting and
depressing leads above six pica ems. The edge
‘I of the arm 3 may be used for depressing leads
or spaces under six pica ems.
The hook 4 may be used to lift column rule
and border rule, to remove string from forms and
to raise or lift linotype slugs, page numbers, cuts,
etc., from snug or tight places. These latter
operations are di?icult, if not impossible, to per
form with an ordinary make-up rule. The hook 25
4 is also useful for removing burs on linotype
faces.
It is also possible to use the arm 6 as a
screw driver on light work around a linotype
machine.
The arm or extension 6 constitutes one of the 30
more important features of my invention.
This
extension enables one to work in narrow meas
ures, such as, two, three, four or ?ve and six
pica ems without injury to the adjacent type.
It also enables a printer or pressman to justify, ‘
make corrections or insert and shove down a
thin space above measures, which operation it
is practically impossible to perform with an or
dinary make-up rule.
The foregoing description and the accompany 40
ing drawing to which it relates, describes what
might be termed the preferred modes of prac
ticing the invention. It is to be clearly under
stood, however, that the invention includes each
and every novel feature or combination of novel 45
features herein disclosed, subject only to the re
strictions of the prior art, and. that the invention
may assume other forms and it is not to be
limited to the particular and speci?c structure
50
shown and described herein.
Having thus described my invention what I
claim is:
.
1. A printer’s combination tool comprising a
relatively thin, flat body portion having a rela
tively long, sharpened working edge at one side
2
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of the tool and a relatively narrow arm projecting
from another side of the tool and having a hook
at one corner at the terminal edge of such arm.
2. A printer’s combination tool or make-up rule
comprising a single piece of thin ?at metal hav
ing a relatively long edge for work in wide meas
ures and an extension or arm projecting from
the body of the tool and terminating in a rela
tively short edge for work in narrow measures.
10
3. As a new article of manufacture, a printer's
combination tool adapted to be stamped from
ing at right angles from said ?rst mentioned
edge for work in narrower measures, and an arm
or extension projecting from the body of the
tool and having an edge which is shorter than the
last-mentioned edge for work in yet narrower 5
measures.
6. A printer’s tool or make-up rule comprising
a generally rectangular piece of metal having a
relatively long base or edge for work in wide
measures, another and shorter edge at right 10
angles to and terminating at one end in said
base for work in narrower measures, an arm or
sheet metal and comprising a generally rectangu
lar make-up rule having a relatively narrow arm; extension opposite to said last-mentioned edge
projecting from one side of the body of the rule" with a still shorter edge for work in yet nar
15 and providing a box heading extension with a
rower measures, and a hook at one corner of 1
5
type lifting hook at one corner thereof which hook said arm or extension.
is also adapted for removing burs from Linotype ‘
7. A printer’s tool or make-up rule comprising
slugs.
,
a generally rectangular piece of metal having a
4. A printer’s tool or make-up rule comprising relatively long base or edge for Work in wide
20 a generally rectangular piece of metal having'a
measures, another and shorter edge at right an- 2
relatively long base or edge for work in‘ wide gles to and terminating at one end in said base 0
measures, another and shorter edge for work in for work in narrower measures, an arm or ex
narrower measures, and an arm or extension with
tension opposite to said last-mentioned edge with
a still shorter edge for work in yet narrower mease
25 ures.
5. A printer’s tool or make-up rule comprising
a generally rectangular, thin and ?at piece of
metal having a relatively long edge for work in
wide measures, another and shorter edge extend
a still shorter edge for work in yet narrower
measures, a hook at one corner of said arm or 2
extension, and a hole through the body of the
rule for hanging up the rule when not in use.
WILLIAM C. EDY.
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