Multipurpose folding tool with easily accessible outer blades

  • US 6,216,301 B1
  • Filed: 01/18/2000
  • Issued: 04/17/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/30/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A multipurpose hand tool, comprising:

  • (a) a pair of pivotally interconnected jaws each having a base;

    (b) a pair of handles, each of said handles defining a handle-folding pivot axis and having a first end attached to said base of a respective one of said jaws, said first end being movable about said handle-folding pivot axis, each of said handles defining a central channel, and said tool having a folded configuration in which said jaws are stowed within said central channels, and an open configuration in which said jaws are extended away from said handles and said central channels face outwardly away from each other;

    (c) at least one of said handles including a pair of side wing portions, each of said side wing portions defining a respective side trough that is located parallel with and alongside said central channel but facing in an opposite direction with respect to said central channel, each said side trough having an arcuately convex base outer surface available as a comfortable hand grip surface when said tool is in said open configuration; and

    (d) said at least one of said handles that includes said pair of side wing portions having an outer blade mounted thereon and pivotally movable with respect to said at least one of said handles, between an extended position and a stowed position within a respective one of said side troughs.

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