With Tool Or Plier Handle Patents (Class 7/127)
  • Patent number: 10974380
    Abstract: The multi-tool wrench is a single tool that provides multiple tools useful by a craftsman. The multi-tool wrench comprises a first tool half and a second tool half that are removably coupled by a quick disconnect. The halves may be decoupled for use in confined spaces or to simultaneously use tools from each half. The first tool half provides an adjustable wrench and two pivoting hex keys. The adjustable wrench has a reversible lower jaw to convert the wrench into a pipe wrench. The second tool half provides a set of three open end wrenches, a pivoting flat blade screwdriver, and a pivoting cross head screwdriver. The open end wrenches and hex keys may be sized to provide common tools needed in a specific occupation or field. As a non-limiting example, the tools may be common sizes used by a welder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Luis Diaz
  • Patent number: 9956695
    Abstract: A cutter apparatus includes a housing shaped to be hand-held, a slider configured to support a front blade, the slider being mechanically coupled to the housing and configured to be moved longitudinally along the housing, and a blade guard mechanically coupled to the housing and configured to be extended and retracted adjacent to the front end of the housing, wherein the slider and the blade guard are configured to move in tandem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: PACIFIC HANDY CUTTER, INC.
    Inventors: Yen-Chao Chung, Joseph P. Garavaglia, Glen Kanemoto, Markus Gropl, Dave Puglisi, Mark Marinovich
  • Patent number: 9192258
    Abstract: A new and improved serving utensil is provided. The serving utensil may include a pair of elongated arms integrally formed together, or joined together by a hinge. Each elongated arm may comprise an elongated member, having an upper edge and an opposing lower edge, integrally connected to a gripping portion at its distal end and handle portions extending upwardly from the elongated member and having a concave or curvilinear shape. The serving utensil may further include a pair of guard members integrally connected to, and extending perpendicularly outward from, the pair of elongated arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Jon Parks, Sherry Parks
  • Publication number: 20140338133
    Abstract: A multi-function hand tool is provided. The multi-function hand tool includes a first member and a second member pivotally connected to the first member such that the hand tool is pivotable between an open orientation and a closed orientation. The first member includes a first cutting element and a second cutting element disposed proximal to the first cutting element. The first cutting element has a first cutting blade and the second cutting element has a second cutting blade and a first at least one groove. The second member extends between a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end of the second member includes a third cutting element corresponding to the second cutting element. The third cutting element has a third cutting blade corresponding to the second cutting blade and at least one second groove corresponding to the first at least one groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Anthony Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20140082850
    Abstract: A multi-tool apparatus includes a frame having at least one opening and at least one gate element partially bounding the at least one opening. The at least one gate element is movable relative to the frame to permit access to the opening. The apparatus includes at least one cutting element partially bounding the at least one opening. The at least one gate element is movable into the opening so that the at least one gate element and at least one cutting element come into contact for wire stripping, crimping, and cutting operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas R. Stokes, Launce R. Barber
  • Patent number: 8621736
    Abstract: An alignment clamp assembly is provided for aligning and holding flanged or framed ductwork while the ductwork is being joined together. The assembly includes an upper jaw having a planar end portion and a lower jaw pivotally coupled to the upper jaw. The lower jaw has a planar end surface and is pivotable to position the end portion of the upper jaw against the end surface of the lower jaw. A pin is coupled to one of the upper jaw and the lower jaw. A cavity is positioned in one of the upper jaw and the lower jaw opposite the pin. The pin extends into the cavity when the end portion of the upper jaw is positioned against the end surface of the lower jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Michael L. Hall
  • Patent number: 8590863
    Abstract: A pliers fencing tool includes a wedge having a through slot for engagement with the rotatably mounted ratcheted sprocket teeth of a fence wire strainer suspended between the fence wire looped ends. Through slot engaged caused the teeth to rotate from a first to a second ratcheted position and thereby strain the fence wire. A grip having a thumb receiving recess and thumb guard is provided between the wedge and the means for pivotably connecting the handles, and the handles are gripped at the grip portion with the wedge distally disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Channellock, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry C. Farrell
  • Patent number: 8495902
    Abstract: A crimping device including a first jaw having, across its width and extending at least partially along its length, spaced multiple crimp members. A second jaw also includes, across its width and extending at least partially along its length, spaced multiple crimp members. Multiple crimps are created in a crimp tube when the first and second jaws are brought together about the crimp tube using a first handle for the first jaw and a second handle for the second jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: MWI Veterinary Supply Co.
    Inventor: Harold M. Wotton, III
  • Patent number: 8485074
    Abstract: A firefighter tool has pivotably connected handles and jaws, and one handle has an outer generally sinusoidal surface and the handle end is formed with a hook facingly disposed to the generally sinusoidal surface. The handles open fully so that the user grips the other handle and the sinusoidal surface hook alternately operably contactingly engages differently sized and configured fire hose couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Channellock, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry C. Farrell
  • Publication number: 20130097786
    Abstract: A multi-purpose tool includes a jaw head, a first handle removably coupled to the jaw head and a second handle coupled to the jaw head. The first handle includes a body and a hand tool pivotably coupled to the body. The hand tool is moveable between a closed position in which the hand tool is disposed within the body and an open position in which the hand tool extends out of the body. The first handle can be removed from the jaw head to be utilized separately from the jaw head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Fiskars Brands, Inc
    Inventor: Fiskars Brands, Inc
  • Patent number: 8376199
    Abstract: A multi-function tool assembly for coupling with a users belt including a belt attachment apparatus detachably engaged with a multi-function tool. The belt attachment apparatus includes coupling structure for coupling with a user's belt and engagement structure for detachably engaging the multi-function tool. The multi-function tool is provided with belt attachment engagement structure on its rear surface for detachably engaging the engagement structure of the belt attachment apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jameson Ellis
  • Publication number: 20120317728
    Abstract: A plier having a wire twisting mechanism mounted on one handle with the opposing handle providing a multi tooth lock bar. A slide lock which actuates a spring retractable lock pawl is mounted on the twisting mechanism support. This arrangement allows locking of the plier handles when the proper jaw pressure is applied to varying thickness' of safety wire or any other item held in the pliers grip. A squeeze of the handles retracts the law pawl and releases the pliers grip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald J. Geibel
  • Publication number: 20120284929
    Abstract: A combination folding tool includes opposable handles that move from an adjacent position during storage to an extended perpendicular position, and a tool head that is axially positioned during use and is stored between the opposable handles during storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventor: Julio Cesar Herrera Cardenas
  • Patent number: 8291794
    Abstract: A compact readily pocket stowable ergonomic grip rescue tool includes pivotally fully opened handles in an obtuse angle disposition with one handle separately gripped with hand and thumb conforming functionality. A leverage force is transmitted from the gripped handle through force bearing surfaces to the oppositely disposed handle having an outwardly disposed generally sinusoidal surface and juxtaposed hook end which engage a seized fire hose coupling. A resultant high torque force is generated by the compact pocket stowable tool to readily uncouple seized fire hose coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Channellock, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry C. Farrell
  • Publication number: 20120036647
    Abstract: A compact readily pocket stowable ergonomic grip rescue tool includes pivotally fully opened handles in an obtuse angle disposition with one handle separately gripped with hand and thumb conforming functionality. A leverage force is transmitted from the gripped handle through force bearing surfaces to the oppositely disposed handle having an outwardly disposed generally sinusoidal surface and juxtaposed hook end which engage a seized fire hose coupling. A resultant high torque force is generated by the compact pocket stowable tool to readily uncouple seized fire hose coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Terry C. Farrell
  • Patent number: 8002320
    Abstract: A tongs for manually grasping items has two elongate tong arms pivotally joined together with a pair of magnet members. The arms pivot between an open position when the magnet members are joined together and a closed position when the magnet members are separated. A user can easily break the connection of the magnet members and separate the two arms, making it easier to store and clean the tongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Elliott Bowser
  • Publication number: 20110067184
    Abstract: An improved locking pliers is provided with an attachment member having a threaded aperture fixed on the handle of the locking pliers. In one embodiment, the attachment member is in the form of a coupling nut or other extended wide nut welded to the handle. In another embodiment, the attachment member is integrally formed as part of the handle during the manufacture of the pliers. In another embodiment, the attachment member is concentrically attached to the end of the handle so that a pulling, pushing or twisting force is applied along the plane of the handle without torque. The attachment member does not interfere with the normal locking operation or any other normal operation of the pliers. In another embodiment, a quick connection attachment member, such as a locking pin or quick disconnect joint, is used in place of a threaded portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas M. Robert
  • Publication number: 20110041256
    Abstract: A multi-function tool assembly for coupling with a users belt including a belt attachment apparatus detachably engaged with a multi-function tool. The belt attachment apparatus includes coupling structure for coupling with a user's belt and engagement structure for detachably engaging the multi-function tool. The multi-function tool is provided with belt attachment engagement structure on its rear surface for detachably engaging the engagement structure of the belt attachment apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Jameson Ellis
  • Patent number: 7845254
    Abstract: A firefighter pocket tool combines the functional features of several traditional tools (slip groove pliers of the curved jaw type, 6 in 1 screwdriver, spanner wrench, gas shut off tool and a striking tool) onto a shared single structure. The tool comprises a pair of slip groove plier members each having a jaw portion, a joint portion and a handle portion, a pivotal bolt, nut and spring member. Upon the upper rear portion of the pliers' upper jaw's head there is formed a protrusion that forms a striking surface and a hook and claw which can be used as a spanner for rocker lug type and similar fire hose couplings. A gas shut off loop can be used as a guard for fingers when the tool is being used as a striking implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Mike Lionel
  • Patent number: 7827638
    Abstract: A multi-function tool with a battery tester. The multi-function tool has a scissors-like cutter and a ceramic tool for scoring thin plastic wrap, such as cellophane type wrap. The battery tester can test a variety of battery types and voltages, especially 9 volt and 1.5 volt batteries due to distinct terminal pair arrangements carried on one or both handles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Jerome Klick
  • Publication number: 20100186173
    Abstract: A rescue tool includes a fully pivotally opened handle in an obtuse angle disposition with one handle separately gripped and then a force transmitted through force bearing surfaces to the oppositely disposed handle having an outwardly disposed sinusoidal surface and juxtaposed hook end which engage a seized fire hose coupling. A high torque force is readily exerted through the handles on the seized fire hose coupling. The elongate handles and pivotally disposed jaws having elongate arcuate cutting edges corporately provide rapid cutting of aluminum sheath hybrid car battery cables in a further rescue operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Terry C. Farrell
  • Patent number: 7721630
    Abstract: An automatically adjustable locking pliers or tool includes a jaw fixed to a first handle and a jaw that pivots about the first handle. The pivoting jaw is connected to a lower tightening handle. A lever connects the tightening handle and first handle. A self-adjusting sizing and locking mechanism includes a thumb jaw sizing piece located near the jaws and movable to open the jaws so that they can be sized around a workpiece. When the thumb jaw sizing piece is released, the jaws automatically size and clamp lightly around the workpiece. The locking mechanism uses balls between a locking rod and a tapered surface. Locking occurs when the balls wedge between the rod and the tapered surface. A release cylinder is connected to a release paddle movable to unlock the mechanism. The sizing piece and locking mechanism are operable to automatically size and lock the pliers or tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Robert E. Hunter
  • Publication number: 20090211034
    Abstract: A firefighter pocket tool achieves its objectives by combining the functional features of several traditional tools (slip groove pliers of the curved jaw type, 6 in 1 screwdriver, spanner wrench, gas shut off tool and a striking tool) onto a shared single structure. The structure of the firefighter pocket tool comprises a pair of slip groove plier members each having a jaw portion, a joint portion and a handle portion, a pivotal bolt, nut and spring member. The upper jaw of the slip groove pliers is of the curved jaw type. Upon the “upper” rear portion of the pliers' “upper” jaw's head there is formed a protrusion that forms a striking surface and a hook and claw. The hook and claw is located so as to allow it to be used as a spanner for rocker lug type and similar fire hose couplings. As this same plier member crosses over the other plier member, it forms a plurality of arcuate adjustable channels with which the arcuate protuberance from the other plier member is engaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Alan Philip Lionel
  • Publication number: 20090188050
    Abstract: A multi-tool attachment having a configuration that is well-suited for incising material and performing various operations where two incising members are positioned on a main portion of the tool and the cutting-edge surfaces are in close engagement with one another at an interface point where the two blades meet in forceful engagement with one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Spencer Frazer
  • Patent number: 7530296
    Abstract: A combination tool that includes opposing jaws and handles that function as conventional pliers and wherein the handles are configured to be abutted with one another to form a spudding tool having a generally circular cross section and wherein at least one stud extending from one of the handles cooperatively seats within at least one hole in the opposing handle when the handles are abutted with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Brad Broadus
  • Patent number: 7530129
    Abstract: A multipurpose folding hand tool including a tool holder permitting exchanges of blades. The tool may include a folding scissors including a spring that is moved into operative engagement with a scissors handle to open the scissors handles apart from each other only as the scissors approaches an extended, operative position with respect to the handle of the folding hand tool, within which it may be stowed. A resilient grip member is incorporated in one of the handles of the folding multipurpose hand tool. A wire cutter and a crimping tool are located on pliers jaw tangs, between the pliers pivot and the foldable handles of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa C. Yale, Hollan A. Tsuda, Glenn Klecker, Benjamin C. Rivera
  • Publication number: 20080256718
    Abstract: A hand tool having first and second plier units attached to one another where a jaw region is operatively configured to have a work piece to be placed therein and a handle region is configured to be used by the user of the tool to grasp the work piece. A tension member is provided to be positioned past a dead point axis so as to apply a clamping force upon the jaw member and the hand tool maintains a grip upon the work piece without continuous interaction with the user of the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Christopher Andrew Mattson, Brian G. Winder, Allen Boyd Mackay, Joseph O. Jacobsen, Peter A. Halverson, Spencer Frazer
  • Patent number: 7334502
    Abstract: A combination tool comprising first and second sections designated a “hammer section” and a “wrench section” which as their names suggest, have a hammer function and a wrench function, respectively. These two sections are releasably and pivotally connected to one another at a pivot location so that these cooperate to function as pliers. The tool also accomplishes other functions. The handles of each of these sections each have a storage section for other components such as screw drivers, socket wrenches, a cutter, a can opener, a bottle opener, and other functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventor: Kenneth Durkee
  • Patent number: 7162758
    Abstract: A multipurpose tool for gripping an object and determining an orientation of a surface comprises a first arm with a jaw at one end and a grip at an opposite end and a second arm pivotally connected to the first arm about a pivot point. The second arm also has a jaw at one end and a grip at the opposite end. The grips are moveable between an open position for opening the jaws and a closed position for closing the jaws. At least one level vial is mounted on at least one of said arms such that the arm may be placed into engagement with the surface for determining the orientation of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Lyle J. Skinner
  • Patent number: 7140279
    Abstract: Pliers having, for example, needle-nose and blunt-nose heads are manipulated using handles connected to pivot and move between a needle-nose head, grip-ready, position and a blunt-nose head, grip-ready, position. Each handle has a stop member having two faces. One face of each stop member is adapted to abut a needle-nose head and the other face is adapted to abut a blunt-nose head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: AllTrade Tools LLC
    Inventor: Hector Ray Hernandez, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7103934
    Abstract: A multipurpose combination pliers includes a first and second insulated handles alternately and movably joined together by a rivet, a toothed jaw at the fore end of each of the handles, a rectangular connector at the rear end of the first insulated handle for engaging a cylindrical box wrench thereon and a U-shaped connector on the rear end of the second insulated handle for rotatably engaged with a rectangular adapter which is able to engage a smaller box wrench and can be laterally rotated for about 180 degrees relative to the U-shaped connector, an arcuate electric cords stripper communicated with a internally threaded through hole at front portion of the pliers. The feature is that this disclosure not only performs clamping and stripping functions but also conducts as a box wrench to drive addition object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventors: Eric Hsu, Dale E. Bjerke
  • Patent number: 6997088
    Abstract: A driver heads barrel for a precise screwdriver includes a handle, a stem, and a cover. The handle has a chamber to accommodate a stem and screwdriver heads therein. A groove is formed close to an outer end of the chamber. A reverse cone-shaped disc is formed at an inner end of the stem. The stem has a plurality of longitudinal partitions thereof. The cover has a barrel extending downwardly from one end. A ridge corresponding to the groove of the chamber is formed on the barrel. The disc of the stem is secured into the inner end of the chamber of the handle. The screwdriver heads are accommodated between the partitions and the chamber. The barrel of the cover is inserted into the chamber with the ridge engaging with the groove. The cover is pivotally connected to the outer end of the chamber of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Cheng-Tsan Hu
  • Patent number: 6934991
    Abstract: A combination electrician's tool which is substantially a pair of pliers having a first plier portion pivotally attached to a second plier portion. The first plier portion having a first handle and a first jaw, and the second plier portion having a second handle and a second jaw. The second plier further including a cutting edge in cooperation with the first plier, which cutting edge is used before cutting items such as, but not restricted to wire. The first and second jaw portions further include a hammer formed on the outside surface, such that the tool can be used as a hammer. The first and second jaws further define cooperating groove portions having cutting surfaces sized to cut varying sizes of wire and cable, including ROMEX multi-conductor cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventor: Clifford A. Kinkade
  • Patent number: 6848139
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a device combining a handled tool, such as wire strippers, with one or more testing components useful for testing electrical circuits, such as continuity testers and voltage detectors, with the testing components integrated into a like number of handle grips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventors: Rodolphe Simon, Peter Seamans
  • Patent number: 6813976
    Abstract: This invention is a hand tool tethering system for use with hand tools that includes a retractor adapted to be included in a housing of the hand tool, a tether attached to the hand tool's retractor mechanism at one end, and to and a coupling device at the opposite end for attachment to an operator or to a selected support structure. The retractor mechanism allows the tether to be movable between a stored position and a functional position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventors: Phillip Joseph Malvini, Daniel Cornell
  • Publication number: 20040216239
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a device combining a handled tool, such as wire strippers, with one or more testing components useful for testing electrical circuits, such as continuity testers and voltage detectors, with the testing components integrated into a like number of handle grips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventors: Rodolphe Simon, Peter Seamans
  • Patent number: 6763543
    Abstract: A folding multipurpose tool incorporating a latch release mechanism including a lever, a cam, and a rocker-shaped grip body to easily effect release of a catch for holding knife or screwdriver blades extended. A spring and cams are arranged to hold each of a pair of handles either extended or folded with respect to the tangs of a pair of pliers jaws or the like. The handles include inwardly directed comfortable rounded rims. Portions of folding blades interlock with other folding blades on an opposite handle when the tool is folded, to stabilize the handles while using a knife or screwdriver. Blades of folding scissors include edges that are serrated only near their tips. A container opener includes a hook defining a recessed throat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin C. Rivera
  • Patent number: 6725486
    Abstract: A pipe fitting tool is configured to aid a user in performing tasks frequently encountered by a pipe fitter or similar tradesman. The tool includes adjustable pliers, such as arc joint adjustable pliers, with a cutting portion for cutting and optionally stripping wire, and an impact surface for performing minor adjustments to hardware, such as adjusting the position of an object. One handle of the tool includes a prying/wedging portion and another handle of the tool includes a drive bit receiver. Molded hand grips may be provided on the handles and may include one or more receptacles for storing drive bits when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Oka Tool Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. Oka
  • Patent number: 6684439
    Abstract: A hand held wire stripper includes a feature for aiding in attaching a connector to a stripped end of a coaxial cable. The wire stripper includes first and second lever members joined together by a pin, each with an elongated handle and an offset jaw having an oblique cutting edge. The jaw of the first lever member includes an opening sized to receive a coaxial cable connector and a hexagonal recessed surface about the circumference of the opening sized to receive the hexagonal nut section of the coaxial cable connector. The jaw of the second lever member includes an opening of lesser diameter that receives the stripped end of the center conductor of the coaxial cable and is located so it can be substantially concentric with the opening in the first lever member when the wire stripper is closed. The stripper recesses may be hex shaped with straight edges defining the recess. A method of stripping an insulated conductor is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Actuant Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis J. Jeske, Robert W. Kruse, Allen W. Montgomery, David L. Wiesemann
  • Publication number: 20030154552
    Abstract: A pipe fitting tool is configured to aid a user in performing tasks frequently encountered by a pipe fitter or similar tradesman. The tool includes adjustable pliers, such as arc joint adjustable pliers, with a cutting portion for cutting and optionally stripping wire, and an impact surface for performing minor adjustments to hardware, such as adjusting the position of an object. One handle of the tool includes a prying/wedging portion and another handle of the tool includes a drive bit receiver. Molded hand grips may be provided on the handles and may include one or more receptacles for storing drive bits when not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Applicant: Oka Tool Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. Oka
  • Patent number: 6332532
    Abstract: An eyeglasses maintenance kit includes a hollow casing body, a pincer, and a screw driving tool bit. The casing body has an open top end and a bottom end opposite to the top end, and includes upright front and rear walls and opposite lateral walls that interconnect the front and rear walls. The bottom end of the casing body is formed with a bit engaging member. The pincer is mounted removably in the casing body via the open top end of the casing body, and includes a pair of resilient clamping arms with upper and lower end portions, and a bridging portion that interconnects the upper end portions of the clamping arms. The tool bit is mounted to the bit engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Assignee: Brothers Promotions Inc.
    Inventor: Ching-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 6223374
    Abstract: A plier device includes two handles each having an open channel formed in one end, and a pair of rods pivotally secured together at a middle pivot pin. The rods include two ends each having a pair of jaws. The jaws each includes a rib engaged into the channels of the handles for detachably securing the tool device to the handles. The handles each includes a pair of flanges extended inward of the channel, the jaws each includes a pair of opposite grooves for receiving the flanges of the handles. The handles each has a spring-biased projection engaged with the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: Hsing Tai Lin
  • Patent number: 6223373
    Abstract: A pair of pliers with multiple functions is disclosed. The pliers have a pair of shanks pivotally engaged with each other each having a jaw formed at one end thereof, a polygon hole defined in the other end to hold a tool head, a hammer formed on the outside of one of the jaws and a chisel formed on the other. In addition, teeth and a cutting edge are formed on the face of the corresponding jaws or shanks. Consequently, the pair of pliers can be used as a hammer, a chisel or a screwdriver. This can improve the flexibility of the pair of pliers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: Shih-Yuan Yeh
  • Patent number: 6151997
    Abstract: A tool includes a handle having a shank extended from one end for engaging with and for driving fasteners. A driving stem has an extension for engaging into the orifice of the shank and has an engaging hole for receiving and driving the fasteners. The shank and the driving stem are extended from one end of the handle such that the handle may apply a greater torque against the driving stem. A cover is pivotally coupled to the handle and has one or more wheel members for forming a roller skate shape. The shank has a clamping device for clamping the driving stem in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Ching Chou Lin
  • Patent number: 6029297
    Abstract: A multi-purpose electrician pliers tool having an elongate body with a forward end and a rearward end and constructed of a first member and a second member pivotally secured together by a pivot pin. The first and second members include forwardly extending and overlapping jaw portions on a forward side of the pivot pin and define therebetween a plurality of opposing and pivotally interengaging locations corresponding to a plurality of different wire fabricating features located on both forward and rearward sides of the pivot pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Thomas J. French
  • Patent number: 5996451
    Abstract: A hand tool includes a pliers jaw mechanism and two solid-body handles that pivot about the lugs of the jaw mechanism between open and closed positions. The ends of the solid-body handles are in the form of implements. The externally facing surfaces of the handles are dished to conform to the sides of the jaw mechanism when the handles are closed. The jaw lugs include cam surfaces over which corresponding surfaces of the solid-body handles ride to provide detents for the handles in the open and closed positions. The jaw lugs include facing protrusions that define a key ring when the handles are in the closed position. The face of the hand tool presents a broad, generally planar surface suitable for the imprinting of information thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Valley de Oro Bank, N.A.
    Inventors: Brett P. Seber, Gregory F. Rubin
  • Patent number: 5920935
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compact tools, and more specifically hand tools which have various interconnectable implements for performing numerous functions. In one aspect of the present invention the combined tool has opposing handles which may be used in at least 3 distinct positions to increase the versatility of the tool, as well as the ability of the opposing handles being alternated between various positions of use with only the use of one hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Spyderco, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin E. Beck
  • Patent number: 5910174
    Abstract: A pliers-based, combination tool provides a plurality of tools for use on a pliers base and has an elongated slot in the pliers portion thereof for the purpose of locking the shanks apart, thereby permitting use of the plurality of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Inventor: Patrick W. Finn
  • Patent number: 5735005
    Abstract: A tool assembly is provided, which includes a primary body and a secondary body having a primary post and a secondary post respectively which are pivotally engaged with each other. An L-shaped primary flange is formed on an inner wall of the primary body and is located adjacent to the primary post, and a primary groove is defined in the primary post and is partially defined in the primary flange. An L-shaped secondary flange is formed on an inner wall of the secondary body and is located adjacent to the secondary post, and a secondary groove is defined in the secondary post and is partially defined in the secondary flange. A pair of pliers include two plier bodies pivotally engaged with each other and each having a shank received in each of the primary and secondary grooves and stopped by associated primary and secondary flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: Chih-chung Wang
  • Patent number: 5432968
    Abstract: A universal tool is disclosed having a pair of jaw members adapted to be oriented between two operative positions to perform a variety of hand tool procedures. In one position, the jaw members cooperate as channel locks or pliers while in the other position, one jaw member acts as a handle extension for crescent wrench, screwdriver or hammer purposes. A flat file, a folding knife blade and screwdriver with receptacle bit holder are carried on one jaw member. A latch mechanism releasably retains the jaw members in either of their operative positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Inventor: Martin E. Beck