Hatchet, Ax, Or Adze Patents (Class 30/308.1)
  • Patent number: 10035252
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a lockback tool, which includes a workpiece body having a workpiece portion adjacent to an end thereof and a positioning slot disposed thereon adjacent to the other end thereof; a handle defining an accommodating space therein and having a resilient plate and at least one positioning stud disposed inside accommodating space so that, when the other end of workpiece body is inserted into accommodating space, positioning stud can be engaged into positioning slot; and a lockback element pivotally connected in the handle and having one end adjacent to the workpiece portion and the other end being pushed by the resilient plate so that the workpiece portion can be locked by the end of the lockback element or, when the other end being pressed by an external force against the resilient plate, the workpiece portion can be released from the end of the lockback element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Yen-Fen Lo
  • Patent number: 9833918
    Abstract: A specialized wood splitting tool and handle attachment for a striking hand tool. The splitting tool uses leverage in addition to downward momentum of the cutting head to split wood. The metal handle and metal cutting head are preferably formed from a single piece of steel, in a perpendicular configuration similar to an adz. A splitting wedge blade within the handle exerts transverse shear forces to enhance splitting, and flat top surfaces of the cutting head and the handle near the joint provide a striking surface. A particularly advantageous handle extension attachment is disclosed that may be used with other striking hand tools as well as the wood splitting tool. A woodsman's hatchet that provides an additional blade perpendicular to a splitting wedge blade is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Dana Stone Clarke
  • Patent number: 9815216
    Abstract: A specialized wood splitting tool and handle attachment for a striking hand tool. The splitting tool uses leverage in addition to downward momentum of the cutting head to split wood. The metal handle and metal cutting head are preferably formed from a single piece of steel, in a perpendicular configuration similar to an adz. A splitting wedge blade within the handle exerts transverse shear forces to enhance splitting, and flat top surfaces of the cutting head and the handle near the joint provide a striking surface. A particularly advantageous handle extension attachment is disclosed that may be used with other striking hand tools as well as the wood splitting tool. A woodsman's hatchet that provides an additional blade perpendicular to a splitting wedge blade is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Dana Stone Clarke
  • Patent number: 9808946
    Abstract: A specialized wood splitting tool and chopping block, used together, enable cutting kindling from ordinary firewood in an effective and safe manner. The splitting tool uses leverage in addition to downward momentum of the cutting head to split wood. The metal handle and metal cutting head are preferably formed from a single piece of steel, in a perpendicular configuration similar to an adz. A splitting wedge blade within the handle exerts transverse shear forces to enhance splitting, and flat upper surfaces of the cutting head and the handle near the joint provide a striking surface. A complimentary chopping block for bracing logs of various diameters in a steady upright position has a V-shaped recess that is open on one end. The chopping block provides resistance to the unique leverage of the splitting tool during the splitting action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Dana Stone Clarke
  • Patent number: 9676094
    Abstract: A flexible tubular elastomeric grip for an implement to be manually swung with force and speed, such as a golf club is provided. A flexible tubular member molded of elastomeric material has an open end for receiving the club shaft with a hardness in the range of 38-55 on the Shore “A” scale and has a substantially closed end which has a greater hardness in the range of 65-100 on the Shore “A” scale. The closed end may be integrally molded with the tubular member or as one piece or formed pre-cured and adhesively received in the cavity after molding. An open cavity formed in the closed end has received therein an insert which may be a transducer, RFID tag, tracking device, speed/acceleration sensor or decorative item. In one version, a peripheral rim lip retains and secures the insert in the cavity. In another version, inwardly extending arms are formed integrally with the flexible tubular member to retain and secure the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: EATON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen James Davis, Billy D. Wood
  • Patent number: 9221166
    Abstract: A protective device for a hand-held tool includes a protective shield having a first end and an opposing second end, a first clamp portion attached to the first end of the protective shield, and a second clamp portion removably attached to the first clamp portion. The first and second clamp portions are configured to securely fix a portion of the handle of the hand-held tool therebetween when the second clamp portion is attached to the first clamp portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald Jacobs, Mark Gardner, John Randolph Fisher
  • Axe
    Patent number: 8925207
    Abstract: An axe comprising a blade (3) provided with a cutting edge (6) at one end, and a handle (2), and in which the center of gravity of the axe is located at a distance from the cutting edge (6) of the axe and lies in a center-of-gravity plane (C) of the axe located at a distance from a blade plane (B) of the axe parallel with both the center-of-gravity plane (C) and a normal working motion plane (W) of the axe, and in which the cutting edge (6) of the blade and the center of gravity of the axe are arranged to cooperate when the blade (3) hits wood and the cutting edge (6) of the blade partly penetrates into the wood such that at least some of the impact force of the blade (3) is converted into a rotational motion and a motion of the blade (3) in a curvilinear trajectory, the blade (3) is attached to the handle (2) so that the handle (2) is uncircled by the blade (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Heikki Kärnä
  • Publication number: 20140259695
    Abstract: Adjustable weight striking device can be selectively loaded with weighting material to temporarily increase striking force during use and unloaded to reduce weight while carrying. The tool has body made of low density material and working end for striking tool, handle extending from the body made of low density material, striking tool at working end, and apparatus for holding weighting material adjacent to the body. The weight holding apparatus can be platform with straps or other securing feature for temporarily holding weighting material and/or an interior chamber within the body for receiving weighting material. Weighting material can be sand, water, dirt, gravel, rock, or metal and can temporarily increase the weight of the striking tool by 50%, 100%, 200% 250%, 300%, 400%, 500% or more depending on volume and/or density of weighting material as compared to striking device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TECH SWERVE, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Guynn, Branden D. Rosenhan
  • Publication number: 20140261892
    Abstract: A specialized wood splitting tool and chopping block, used together, enable cutting kindling from ordinary firewood in an effective and safe manner. The splitting tool uses leverage in addition to downward momentum of the cutting head to split wood. The metal handle and metal cutting head are preferably formed from a single piece of steel, in a perpendicular configuration similar to an adz. A splitting wedge blade within the handle exerts transverse shear forces to enhance splitting, and flat upper surfaces of the cutting head and the handle near the joint provide a striking surface. A complimentary chopping block for bracing logs of various diameters in a steady upright position has a V-shaped recess that is open on one end. The chopping block provides resistance to the unique leverage of the splitting tool during the splitting action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Dana Clarke
  • Publication number: 20140000116
    Abstract: A hand tool (100, 200, 300) includes a working head (102), a handle (104) connected to the working head (102), and a handle protector (110, 302, 502) attached to the handle (104) proximate the working head (102). The handle protector (110, 302, 502) is manufactured from a metal sheet. Further, at least one portion of the handle protector (110, 302, 502) extends into the handle (104) to facilitate attachment of the handle protector (110, 302, 502) to the handle (104).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Achim Brobeil, Patrick Missel, Wolfgang Arndt
  • Patent number: 8424212
    Abstract: A specialized wood splitting tool and chopping block, used together, enable cutting kindling from ordinary firewood in an effective and safe manner. The splitting tool uses leverage in addition to downward momentum of the cutting head to split wood. The metal handle and metal cutting head are preferably formed from a single piece of steel, in a perpendicular configuration similar to an adze. A splitting wedge blade within the handle exerts transverse shear forces to enhance splitting, and flat upper surfaces of the cutting head and the handle near the joint provide a striking surface. A complimentary chopping block for bracing logs of various diameters in a steady upright position has a V-shaped recess that is open on one end. The chopping block provides resistance to the unique leverage of the splitting tool during the splitting action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Dana S. Clarke
  • Patent number: 8387262
    Abstract: An ice axe gripping shaft comprises a grip made of plastic equipped with a bottom stop for the hand to press on, located opposite an intermediate brace. An auxiliary lever articulated on the intermediate brace comprises a locking cam and a curved part acting as finger brace in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Zedel
    Inventors: Paul Petzl, Jon Rockfeller
  • Publication number: 20120304474
    Abstract: A splitting implement comprises a first head member, a second head member attached thereto, and a handle on which the first head member is disposed. The first head member is configured for splitting a surface or an object, and the second head member may be similarly configured, except that the second head member is of such dimensions that it does not strike the object or surface until after the first head member strikes the object or surface. The second head member may assist the first head member in penetrating the surface or object and in splitting the surface or object. In the event that the splitting implement becomes embedded in the surface or object, the second head member may increase the leverage that the splitting implement may exert for extracting the splitting implement from the surface or object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: James MOORE
  • Publication number: 20120167400
    Abstract: Axes for mountaineering activities such as technical ice climbing, extreme mixed climbing, and dry-tooling are provided. Such axes may include a main body having a proximal portion connected to a handgrip and a distal portion connected to a tool, in which there is defined an axis X parallel to the vertical use plane of the axe, tangential to the outer end of the handgrip and the tip of the tool and intersecting the longitudinal axis (Y) of the handgrip and the longitudinal axis (Z) of the tool, so as to respectively form angles ? and ?, wherein said proximal portion of the main body is removably and adjustably connected to said handgrip, so as to modify the inclination of said handgrip according to said angle ?, is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Antonio Codega, Matteo Rivadossi
  • Axe
    Publication number: 20120036723
    Abstract: An axe comprising a blade (3) provided with a cutting edge (6) at one end, and a handle (2), and in which the centre of gravity of the axe is located at a distance from the cutting edge (6) of the axe and lies in a centre-of-gravity plane (C) of the axe located at a distance from a blade plane (B) of the axe parallel with both the centre-of-gravity plane (C) and a normal working motion plane (W) of the axe, and in which the cutting edge (6) of the blade and the centre of gravity of the axe are arranged to cooperate when the blade (3) hits wood and the cutting edge (6) of the blade partly penetrates into the wood such that at least some of the impact force of the blade (3) is converted into a rotational motion and a motion of the blade (3) in a curvilinear trajectory, the blade (3) is attached to the handle (2) so that the handle (2) is uncircled by the blade (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Heikki Karna
  • Patent number: 8015714
    Abstract: The present invention provides a removable shield attachment for hand-held digging tools which is mounted on the tool handle below the tool head so as to not interfere with gripping along the length of the handle. The shield generally comprises a mounting portion adapted to be mounted on the handle below the tool head, a shield portion extending laterally outwardly and upwardly from the mounting portion, and a slot positioned between the mounting portion and the shield portion adapted for passing a blade of the tool head therethrough. In use, the shield portion is positioned above the blade, thereby intercepting debris flying from the blade and towards the worker. The shield is particularly designed for digging tools having a slidably fit tool head that engages an outwardly tapered working end of the handle, with the shield being attached to the handle in the same manner as the tool head itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventors: Phillip Dekort, Matthew Dekort, Henry Dekort
  • Publication number: 20110088170
    Abstract: A hatchet head for a roofing tool includes a hammering end having a striking face and a first bore formed in the striking face. The hatchet head also comprises a magnet assembly disposed within the first bore, where the magnet assembly includes a magnet and a cover having a uniform diameter along its length. The cover is configured to retain the magnet within the first bore. Additionally, the hatchet head includes a multi-purpose end having a thickness and an elongated slot extends through the thickness. A gauging assembly is disposed through the elongated slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: AJC TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
    Inventor: Matthew J. Crookston
  • Publication number: 20110016726
    Abstract: A specialized wood splitting tool and chopping block, used together, enable cutting kindling from ordinary firewood in an effective and safe manner. The splitting tool uses leverage in addition to downward momentum of the cutting head to split wood. The metal handle and metal cutting head are preferably formed from a single piece of steel, in a perpendicular configuration similar to an adze. A splitting wedge blade within the handle exerts transverse shear forces to enhance splitting, and flat upper surfaces of the cutting head and the handle near the joint provide a striking surface. A complimentary chopping block for bracing logs of various diameters in a steady upright position has a V-shaped recess that is open on one end. The chopping block provides resistance to the unique leverage of the splitting tool during the splitting action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Dana S. Clarke
  • Publication number: 20110016732
    Abstract: An ice axe gripping shaft comprises a grip made of plastic equipped with a bottom stop for the hand to press on, located opposite an intermediate brace. An auxiliary lever articulated on the intermediate brace comprises a locking cam and a curved part acting as finger brace in the locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: ZEDEL
    Inventors: Paul PETZL, Jon ROCKFELLER
  • Publication number: 20100263133
    Abstract: The invention is a multi-purpose tool that may provide the utility of a plurality of tools at a reduced weight and volume through the interchangeability of distinct tool attachments. A multi-purpose tool may comprise an elongated member including a handle and a plurality of universal connectors, wherein each universal connector is adapted to securely attach to a plurality of distinct tools, a first distinct tool including a first universal connector securely mated to one of the universal connectors of the elongated member, and a second distinct tool including a second universal connector securely mated to another of the universal connectors of the elongated member. A plurality of tool attachments may be attached to and removed from the elongated member in order to provide a specific utility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Timothy Langan
  • Publication number: 20100263493
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved long handle striking tool that provides increased speed, accuracy, efficiency, power and impact that also reduces user fatigue and improves user safety. The tool has a handle with a distal end and a proximal end with a striking tool head disposed on the distal end of the handle. There is also a sliding handle assembly that slides along the handle that includes a movable bushing to reduce friction and wear that is in direct contact with the handle and an assembly handle grip that is set on top of the bushing. There is also a plurality of fastening devices to hold the assembly handle grip and bushing together, a head mount that mounts the striking head to the distal end of the handle and a proximal handle grip attached on the proximal end of the handle. The handle can also be utilized separately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Savalla
  • Publication number: 20100205813
    Abstract: An ice-axe gripping shaft comprising a grip made from plastic material, equipped with a stop for the user's hand to rest against, and an intermediate finger brace for positioning the user's finger, Adjustment means of the finger brace comprise a locking lever articulated on the finger brace, and a plurality of notches staggered at regular intervals along a positioning zone to form a rack. The locking lever is equipped with a cam designed to engage in the locked position in one of the notches to immobilize the finger brace in a predefined adjustment position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: ZEDEL
    Inventors: Pierre PLAZE, Paul PETZL
  • Patent number: 7533469
    Abstract: An ice axe device has an adjustable grip. The ice axe includes an elongated shaft with opposite proximal and distal ends. A pick is disposed at the distal end of the elongated shaft, and a grip is disposed at the proximal end of the elongated shaft. A pommel is adjustably securable to the grip,. A spike can be disposed on the proximal end of the grip. At least one spacer can be selectively disposable on the grip to selectively shorten and lengthen the length of the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph Skrivan, William R. Belcourt, David S. Sanders
  • Patent number: 7472484
    Abstract: A single universal tool for the outdoorsman, combining a multi-edged tool head with a multi-grip tool handle, which allows for separate and specific use of each portion of the tool head, depending on the portion of the handle gripped and the tool edge to be used. It is a one-piece unit that has a long-handled hatchet like appearance, with a hatchet/cleaver blade that extends into a curved knife-tip with upper and lower sharpened edges, and a spiky edge opposite the main blade. The handle attaches to the tool head as a curved, finger-notched, pistol style grip, for control while wielding as a cleaver or knife, then extending into an elongated handle for developing power when wielded as a hatchet. A combination knife, meat cleaver, hatchet, along with other uses. A fore finger hole is located in the tool head inline with the handle, for more precise control of the knife-tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Dan Jeffrey Smilanich
  • Publication number: 20080199336
    Abstract: A lightweight, collapsible foot pump made of a lightweight, collapsible material and filled with a foam like material which features large open cells to contain a large volume of air. The foam acting as a return spring for the pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: NEMO Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Cam Brensinger
  • Publication number: 20080178475
    Abstract: My invention is a new axe because the axe's edge goes into the block of wood, and going in deeper, at this time the twisted head splits the block of wood. When the axe's head splits the block of wood, the axe's head goes in deep into the block of wood, and there the block of wood's pieces are touching the axe's head. Because of this the block of wood not only splits in a traditional way but splits in a twisted way, and this process will take a short time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Adam Antal Branovits
  • Publication number: 20080110032
    Abstract: A carpentry tool comprises an elongated handle and a metal head attached to one end of the handle. The head includes a ferrule adapted to fit over one end of the handle, and first and second cutting portions extending laterally away from opposite sides of the ferrule. The first cutting portion has a width that progressively increases as the distance from the ferrule increases, and terminates in a first single cutting edge. The second cutting portion has a width that progressively decreases as the distance from the ferrule increases, and terminates in a second single cutting edge that is narrower than the first cutting edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: David L. Merritt
  • Patent number: 7036952
    Abstract: A single body multi-tool device having a plurality of compartments in a housing thereof. Mounted in these compartments are various hand tools such as a hatchet, a digging tool, a flashlight, a knife and a saw, each being separately usable without interfering with the operation and/or use of another of the tools. This multi-tool device is generally concerned with the field of hand tools, and is specifically concerned with hand tools used in the outdoors, such as while camping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventors: Jason E. Zirk, Darren Kady
  • Patent number: 6976406
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hand-held striking tool that has a head disposed forward of the centerline of a handle. The hand-held striking tool of the present invention may further include a flange positioned beneath the head of the tool, the flange functioning as a second area of contact so that the effect of overstrike may be controlled. The present invention also provides a hand-held striking tool that isolates the striking head of the tool from the handle such that the effect of vibrations caused by using the tool are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Estwing Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Robert H. Youngren, Daniel M. Eisman, Daniel Loveland, Christopher Aiston, Jack Harkins
  • Patent number: 6961985
    Abstract: A striking tool comprising a head assembled to a handle having a long axis is characterized in that the head comprises a closed cavity extending into the head in the direction of the long axis, an opening through a wall of the head into the cavity, the opening extending at substantially a right angle to the long axis, and a spreading element inserted through the opening and spreading a portion of the handle within the cavity to urge against walls of the cavity to secure the head to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Inventor: Mark A. Boys
  • Patent number: 6945138
    Abstract: A striking device including a head having a striking surface and a base mounted on an end of a handle for reciprocation in a linear motion. A rail structure is carried by the end of the handle. A rail receiving structure is carried by the base and receives the rail structure for reciprocating linear motion of the head between a forward position and a rearward position. A biasing structure biases the head into the forward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: David F. Kreitzer
  • Patent number: 6944955
    Abstract: An ice axe device and method has an adjustable grip. The ice axe includes an elongated shaft with opposite proximal and distal ends. A pick is disposed at the distal end of the elongated shaft, and a grip is disposed at the proximal end of the elongated shaft. A pommel is adjustably securable to a proximal end of the grip, and is movable towards and away from the grip to respectively shorten and lengthen a length of the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Skrivan, David S. Sanders
  • Patent number: 6901822
    Abstract: A striking tool comprising a head assembled to a handle having a long axis is characterized in that the head comprises a closed cavity extending into the head in the direction of the long axis, an opening through a wall of the head into the cavity, the opening extending at substantially a right angle to the long axis, and a spreading element inserted through the opening and spreading a portion of the handle within the cavity to urge against walls of the cavity to secure the head to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Soundstarts, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Boys
  • Patent number: 6647829
    Abstract: The present invention provides a hand-held striking tool that has a head disposed forward of the centerline of a handle. The hand-held striking tool of the present invention may further include a flange positioned beneath the head of the tool, the flange functioning as a second area of contact so that the effect of overstrike may be controlled. The present invention also provides a hand-held striking tool that isolates the striking head of the tool from the handle such that the effect of vibrations caused by using the tool are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Estwing Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Robert H. Youngren, Daniel M. Eisman, Daniel Loveland, Christopher Aiston, Jack Harkins
  • Patent number: 6640447
    Abstract: An axe capable of delivering a relatively intensified impact and reduced recoil compared to prior art axes. The axe includes a head, a handle, a rigid casing, and shock-absorbing particles disposed within a portion of the axe. The head includes a blade end and a blunt end with the handle integrally extending from the blunt end and terminating in a grip portion. The rigid casing extends upwardly from around the grip portion of the handle, extends over a rear portion of the head, and terminates against a portion of the blade end of the head. Shock-absorbing particles are disposed within a chamber that is defined by the casing and the head. Upon impact of the axe with an object, the particles suddenly shift forward to intensify the impact of the axe and to reduce the recoil of the axe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Kenneth K. Wickline
  • Publication number: 20030110643
    Abstract: An axe capable of delivering a relatively intensified impact and reduced recoil compared to prior art axes. The axe includes a head, a handle, a rigid casing, and shock-absorbing particles disposed within a portion of the axe. The head includes a blade end and a blunt end with the handle integrally extending from the blunt end and terminating in a grip portion. The rigid casing extends upwardly from around the grip portion of the handle, extends over a rear portion of the head, and terminates against a portion of the blade end of the head. Shock-absorbing particles are disposed within a chamber that is defined by the casing and the head. Upon impact of the axe with an object, the particles suddenly shift forward to intensify the impact of the axe and to reduce the recoil of the axe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: Kenneth K. Wickline
  • Patent number: 6568016
    Abstract: A firefighter's axe generally comprising a handle having a top end and a bottom end, a stem forming a portion of the elongated handle adjacent the top end of the handle, and a head having a front end and a rear end. Formed on the front end of the axe head is a blade. Formed on the rear end of the axe head is a sweeping surface that is substantially planar in shape. The axe head further includes a thumb opening with which the user can grip the axe head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Chris Hoogland
  • Patent number: 6564849
    Abstract: A handle for a tire bead breaking tool is disclosed, comprising an elongate shaft having a gripping portion, a shield portion, and a working portion at a forward end. The working portion is configured having an oblong cross-section comprising protruding opposite end surfaces and substantially less protruding opposite lateral surfaces disposed between the end surfaces. The lateral surfaces of the working portion extend along at least a portion of the gripping portion. The working portion of the handle is press fit into a circular bore of a tool head and contacts sidewalls defining the bore along the handle protruding end surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Summit Tool Company
    Inventor: John D. Kusner
  • Patent number: 6435059
    Abstract: A striking tool having a handle with a head attached thereto. The head having a striking surface. The head being constructed of titanium or titanium based alloy so that the tool can be swung with a higher velocity than a striking tool having a heavier steel head of comparable size with no loss in effective striking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventor: Mark R. Martinez
  • Patent number: 6385854
    Abstract: A fire fighting tool for making a hole in a ceiling. The tool includes a body, a hook, and a handle. The body has a first terminal end and a second terminal end. The hook has a working area and is disposed on the first terminal end of the body and pierces the ceiling so as to form a piercing. The handle is pivotally mounted to the second terminal end of the body and has a normal position in which it extends perpendicularly outwardly from both sides of the body to assist in the piercing and a pivoted position in which it is pivoted against the body after the body has been inverted, with the handle then being inserted into the piercing in the ceiling and released away from the body back to its normal position to rest on a large area of the ceiling surrounding the piercing which is then pulled down to make the hole in the ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Bob Sisco
  • Patent number: 6289540
    Abstract: A set of firefighting tools for use in fighting forest fires and the like in different types of terrain and vegetation. An elongate handle is equipped with a releasably latching connector, and several different tool heads are attachable to the handle to perform various functions. One head has a pivotably attached shovel blade and is useful as a shovel, as a scraper or as a rake, when held in respective positions by a latching mechanism. Another tool head has a lightweight central body and replaceable oppositely directed axe and grub hoe blade portions. Yet a further tool head includes a resiliently flexible outer portion to which are fastened several flexible straps for beating out fires. Each head includes a socket adapted for emergency attachment to a simple wooden handle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas K. Emonds
  • Patent number: 6234048
    Abstract: An improved nonrecoil or deadblow hammer and related production method are provided, wherein the hammer has a tool head of hardened steel or the like formed with a hollow socket containing a filler material adapted to shift in the direction of an impact blow struck by the hammer to absorb or dissipate shock forces and thereby substantially reduce or eliminate tool head rebound. The tool head comprises a central body having, for example, a conventional impact member and a nail removal claw formed at opposite ends thereof. The hollow socket is formed in the central body and is upwardly open for seated reception of a hollow canister containing the filler material, such as a flowable and relatively high mass filler material in the form of small steel pellets. In a preferred configuration, the canister is preassembled with a tool handle which extends downwardly from the tool head through a handle port formed at the base or lower end of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: Joseph Allen Carmien