Patents Examined by Douglas D. Watts
  • Patent number: 6959494
    Abstract: A folding knife having a blade and integral tang pivotally mounted to a handle with a cantilever spring fixedly attached at one end to the handle and extending to a free, terminal end having a lobed portion. A camming member fixed to the tang has a camming surface spaced from the pivot axis extending through the tang. The lobed portion of the spring contacts the camming surface when the blade is in the fully closed position and remains in contact throughout a first portion of the blade movement toward the open position. The spring is out of contact with the camming surface during a second portion of blade movement, from the end of the first portion to the fully open position. Momentum developed by spring force applied to the camming member during the first portion of blade movement is sufficient to move the blade through the second portion of its movement to the fully open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Camillus Cutlery Company
    Inventor: William J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6952879
    Abstract: An inner cutter unit, which is used in an electric rotary shaver, including an inner cutter base, which is connected to the axle of the motor of the shaver and rotated, and an inner cutter body, which is disposed on the inner cutter base. The inner cutter body is formed with an inside circumferential cutter body having a plurality of cutter blades and an outside circumferential cutter body also having a plurality cutter blades; and the inner and outside circumferential cutter bodies in an upright posture are obtained by way of cutting out annular metal walls that are concentrically formed in an upright posture with a bridging section in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Izumi Products Company
    Inventor: Masaki Okabe
  • Patent number: 6952878
    Abstract: A self-standing mobile device for cutting sheet material including a body member connected to at least one wheeled axle to translationally move the body member about a surface on which the device self-stands. The body member includes a cutting notch with open and closed ends, the cutting notch positioned with the open end above the at least one wheeled axle. The body member including a contained cutting blade member with cutting edge exposed within the cutting notch closed end, the cutting blade member oriented substantially perpendicularly to the surface on which the device self-stands. A user may engage the device to move the device about the surface on the at least one wheeled axle to cut a sheet of material passing into the cutting notch. Handle and shoulder features, and related methods of cutting sheet material are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Inventors: Kathryn M. Bareis, Scott J. Maro
  • Patent number: 6951056
    Abstract: An inner cutter for a dry shaver has a plurality of blades 30 supported on a base 20 and is driven in hair-shearing engagement with an outer cutter 10 for cutting the hairs. The blades 30 are arranged in parallel with each other and are each provided on opposite sides at its top with cutting edges 32. The cutting edge 32 is defined between the top face of the blade and a rake fade 33 on the underside of the blade. The rake face 33 is inclined with respect to the top face at an angle of ? (°), while the cutting edge is rounded at its tip to have a curvature radius R (?m) which satisfies a relation that R??0.067·?+4.7. With this result, the cutting resistance for cutting the hair can be lowered below a load necessary for bending the hair. Thus, the blade of the inner cutter can itself cut the hair without bending the hair, giving a flat cutting plane finish and enabling a close shave only with a fewer shaving strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kameoka, Masaaki Satou, Shunsuke Komori, Toshio Ikuta, Tadashi Hamada
  • Patent number: 6948403
    Abstract: A method of forming milled teeth on a roller cone of a milled tooth roller cone rock bit includes shaping a crest of a chisel shaped milled tooth on the roller cone. The crest is shaped such that the crest has a convex profile from one corner to an opposite corner of the crest. Such a crest is adapted to produce at least one of a convex axial stress distribution, a substantially even axial stress distribution, and a substantially smooth axial stress distribution. Further, the forming includes radiusing each of the corners at the ends of the crest of the chisel shaped milled tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Smith International
    Inventor: Amardeep Singh
  • Patent number: 6944959
    Abstract: A saw blade clamping arrangement for a power tool includes a clamp support, a biasing member and an actuation member. The clamp support is interconnected with the drive shaft for reciprocating motion with the drive shaft relative to a housing of the power tool. The clamp support is configured to selectively receive a saw blade of the power tool in various orientations. A release lever is carried by the housing and is manually rotated to move a control member between a first position in which the saw blade is coupled to the drive shaft and a second position in which the saw blade may be displaced from the drive shaft. In at least one of the orientations, the saw blade is positioned offset from the drive shaft and proximate one of the side walls of the tool housing to allow for flush cutting of a work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. C. Bigden, Stephen C. Dassoulas, Jason R. Melvin, Robert G. Moores, Jr., Jeffrey P. Grant, James J. Derreth
  • Patent number: 6944957
    Abstract: The invention concerns a motor powered saw with a saw chain (2) and a guide bar (1), the rear portion of which is covered by a side cover (3) and during operation clamped with a certain clamping force between the side cover and a counter support on that side of the guide bar which is turned towards the motor, tensioning elements being provided for tensioning the saw chain by displacing the guide bar forwards, when the guide bar has been loosened by easing the clamping force, and elements for securing the guide bar in a new position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget Electrolux (Publ)
    Inventors: Ove Donnerdal, Tore Claesson
  • Patent number: 6941658
    Abstract: A nail clipper, of which a fixed body is operated with a lever, is folded by a board spring, and unfolding angle between the fixing body and the lever is maintained in certain angle, so that the fingernail can be cut safely, at the same time, when the present invention is not used, a putting green is renewed by a cover board, which eliminates the angle, covering the said lever that maintains the angle by board spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Kyunghan Park
  • Patent number: 6941661
    Abstract: A biasing system for the blade of a folding knife includes one component or assembly applying a force tending to move the knife blade from a closed position, nested in the handle, to an open position, extending from the handle. A second component or assembly resists opening of the blade, particularly when the blade is in or near the closed position. The resisting force is overcome by the opening force after the blade has been moved through a predetermined angle relative to the handle, so that the blade then opens automatically. A safety can be actuated to block opening and/or closing of the blade. The blade can have a blunt projection upon which a user may press to move the blade through the predetermined opening angle. A clip can be provided for convenient attachment of the folding knife to an object such as a garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Spencer Frazer
  • Patent number: 6938347
    Abstract: The invention relates to shears comprising a stationary blade (1) and a movable blade (2) which moves during the shearing movement of the shears. An operating mechanism (5) is arranged to affect a point of the pin (6) located at a distance from the movable blade (2). When the shears are being closed, a force is thus generated which also tries to pull the movable blade (2) towards and against the stationary blade (1) and to keep the blades (1, 2) in contact with each other. The operating mechanism (5) is arranged to affect the joint pin (6) through a sleeve-like part (7). The interior of the sleeve comprises two conical sections (8, 9), the narrowest point of the interior of the sleeve determining the point from which the sleeve-like part (7) affects the joint pin (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Fiskars Consumer Oy Ab
    Inventors: Olavi Lindén, Markus Paloheimo
  • Patent number: 6935032
    Abstract: A razor cartridge is provided that includes a subframe, a frame, and one or more razor blades attached to the frame. The frame includes a cap, a forward end, and a cap end. The frame is mounted on coengaging bearing surfaces on the frame and the subframe to pivot about an imaginary pivot line that is positioned adjacent the cap, above the bearing surfaces, and aft of the cutting edges of the one or more razor blades. The razor cartridge preferably further includes a spring mechanism that acts between the frame and the subframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Follo
  • Patent number: 6931731
    Abstract: An electric shaver with a cutter head that is equipped with a plurality of cutter units as movable units, and at least one cutter unit among these movable units being used after being fixed at a position where this cutter unit has been moved upward or downward from a standard position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Izumi Products Company
    Inventors: Yukio Izumi, Akira Hirabayashi, Seiji Iwashita, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Tetsuya Akabane, Hiromi Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 6928738
    Abstract: A razor has an elongate handle body with a shaving head at one end, the other end of the handle body as a body cavity for receiving a trimming wand with a smaller blade than the shaving head. The trimming wand is normally concealed by the razor body but can be selectively exposed for use by sliding the trimming wand, along the razor body, pivoting the trimming wand, or separating the razor body into components which expose the trimming wand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Inventor: Geronimo Segrea
  • Patent number: 6925717
    Abstract: The present invention is industrial scissors and a method of manufacturing and using same including first and second scissor halves, each half having a blade, a handle, and first and second major opposed surfaces. Each blade has a first edge that is relatively thick and blunt tapered to a second edge that is sharp to form a cutting edge. Serrations are formed in the cutting edge of the blade having larger radii between the pivot point and the midpoint of the blade and smaller serrations between the midpoint of the blade and the tip of the blade to provide a gripping surface for preventing an object being cut from sliding down the blade toward the tip of the blade while cutting the object. Wire strippers are positioned between the handle and the pivot point of the scissors. A deburring surface is made from a plurality of filing grooves spaced transversely along the blunt side of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Tech Cast, Inc
    Inventor: Duane Henry Harvey
  • Patent number: 6925718
    Abstract: A tool head for a motor-driven, manually guided implement for receiving a rotatable cutter tool is provided. The tool head comprises a housing in which is provided a tool shaft that is rotatably mounted via bearings. Secured on the tool shaft so as to turn with it is a tool carrying mechanism for the cutter tool. This tool carrying mechanism includes an engagement plate having an engagement surface, which is oriented perpendicular to the axis of the shaft, and a centering shoulder. The engagement plate and a centering element having the centering shoulder are embodied as separate components. The engagement plate is of light weight construction and is positively connected with the tool shaft. The centering element is made of a material, the hardness of which is adapted to the cutter tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co.
    Inventors: Udo Bartmann, Roland Schierling, Reinhard Friedrich
  • Patent number: 6925720
    Abstract: A hacksaw includes an elongated blade, a frame, and a blade tension adjustment mechanism. The blade tension adjustment mechanism includes a lever constructed and arranged to be pivotally moved between (1) a blade tensioning position so as to tension the blade, and (2) a blade releasing position so as to release the tension from the blade and thereby allow removal and replacement of the blade. A lock is slidably attached to the lever to slide between (1) a locked position wherein the lock secures the lever in the blade tensioning position, and (2) an unlocked position wherein the lock permits the lever to be pivoted between the blade tensioning position and the blade releasing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventor: Eric Ranieri
  • Patent number: 6925716
    Abstract: A shaving apparatus is provided that includes a reservoir, a support carriage, a razor cartridge, and a handle. The reservoir, which is operable to contain a non-solid shaving aid material, includes a selectively collapsible side wall surrounding an interior cavity having a volume. The support carriage includes a guide member and an applicator panel. The applicator panel includes one or more ports in fluid communication with the reservoir. One end of the reservoir is attached to the support carriage, and the other end of the reservoir is attached to the handle. The razor cartridge is mounted on the support carriage adjacent the applicator panel. The support carriage is movable relative to the handle in a manner that enables the reservoir side wall to collapse to decrease the volume of the reservoir, and thereby transfer shaving aid material from the reservoir to the one or more ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Bressler, David Schiff
  • Patent number: 6922898
    Abstract: A tool for cutting drywall bead that has a shaped cross section and requires cutting to length with both straight and angled cuts. The tool includes a base with a first handle attached thereto and a second handle pivotably attached to the base, and a blade with a cutting edge movably engages the base. An anvil pivotably attaches to the base and may be rotated to a chosen angle relative to the blade, and the anvil has a shaped upper surface which complimentarily engages the shaped cross section of the drywall bead. A mechanical linkage forces the cutting edge of the blade towards the anvil when the second handle is biased towards the first handle such that a drywall bead positioned over the anvil is cut at a desired angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventors: Gerald Albert Douillard, Matthew Biff Gotchy, Thomas Mark Harding
  • Patent number: 6920695
    Abstract: A reciprocating hand saw (10), having a motor housing (16) and a gearbox (28) that receive a battery-operated direct-current motor (18) with a motor shaft having a shaft end (22) and a gear (28), respectively, which gear—as known per se in reciprocating saws—is connected to the shaft end in a way driven to rotate and whose gear input pinion (26) converts the rotation of the motor shaft end (22) into an up-and-down motion of a push rod (34) that carries a sawblade (38), can be produced economically and is especially sturdy because the gear (28) and its gearbox (14) originate in a reciprocating saw that can be operated by alternating current, and because between the shaft end (22) and the gear input pinion (26), a multi-stage coupling (24), disposed in a manner fixed against relative rotation for transmitting torque, comprises parts that can be easily separated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Olivier Zeiter, Daniel Saegesser
  • Patent number: 6918183
    Abstract: A knife is provided with a sliding blade cover that protects the knife blade when not in use. The knife comprises a knife body having a top edge, a bottom edge, a proximal edge, a distal edge and a midsection between the top, bottom, proximal and distal edges. A slot extends at least a part of the way through the midsection along the length of the knife body. A knife blade extends from the bottom edge of the knife body. A blade cover is slidably mounted in the slot. The blade cover has at least one top portion that extends into the slot and two downwardly extending side portions attached to the at least one top portion. The blade cover is moveable within the slot between a first position where the two downwardly extending side portions cover the left and right sides of the blade and a second position where the two downwardly extending side portions do not cover the sides of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Alfi International, Inc.
    Inventor: Elias Alfi