Patent Number: 6,293,018

Title: Multipurpose tool including handles having separate sides

Abstract: A multipurpose folding tool (30, 280) including a pair of folding scissors (32), in which scissors blades (80, 82) are movable about pivot shafts (78), between a stowed position and a deployed position in the handles (34, 36). A rocker (94, 96) is moved by a spring (106) in the tool handle and in turn urges a scissors blade toward an open position. In one embodiment four springs (104, 106) hold the handles together with the folded scissors stowed within the handles. When the scissors and other tools are folded into their stowed positions in the handle of the multipurpose tool of the invention the tool has a smooth outside configuration allowing the tool to be carried in a pocket without causing undue wear. A handle (34 or 36) may be constructed as a sheet metal channel or a handle (282, 284, 382, 384) in two pieces at least one of which includes a perpendicular flange taking the place of a channel bottom portion so that each blade or tool bit may be accompanied by a separate spring (318, 418, 420).

Inventors: Rivera; Benjamin C. (West Linn, OR)

Assignee: Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.

International Classification: B25F 1/00 (20060101); B26B 13/22 (20060101); B26B 11/00 (20060101); B26B 13/00 (20060101); B26B 001/00 (); B26B 007/22 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018