Folding tool locking mechanism

  • US 6,675,484 B2
  • Filed: 07/30/2001
  • Issued: 01/13/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/30/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A folding tool, comprising:

  • a handle having first and second opposed side walls held in a spaced-apart arrangement to define a slot therebetween;

    an implement having a working portion and a tang portion, said tang portion pivotally attached to one end of the handle and said implement movable between a closed position in which the implement is at least partially received within the slot and an open position in which the implement is extended away from the handle;

    an implement lock defined by a pair of slots in one of said side walls that cooperate to define a lever arm having a free end and an actuating end, said pair of slots further defining at least one spring member connected to said lever arm, and said lever arm having a locking pin on the free end and movable between a first position in which said locking pin engages said tang to lock said implement in said open position, and a second position in which the locking pin disengages said tang so that said implement may be moved into said closed position.

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