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Ringlike closure remover with internal grooves

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US2631482A US9198749A US2631482A US 2631482 A US2631482 A US 2631482A US 9198749 A US9198749 A US 9198749A US 2631482 A US2631482 A US 2631482A
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March 17, 1953 F. E. RINEHART RINGLIKE CLOSURE REMOVER WITH INTERNAL GROOVES Filed May 7, 1949 FIG. I

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INVENTOR. FEEDER/0K E. Rl/VEHART Patented Mar. 17, 1953 RINGLIKE CLOSURE REMOVER WITH INTERNAL GROOVES Frederick E. Rinehart, Columbus, Ohio Application May "'1, 1949, Serial No. 91,987

1 The invention disclosed in relates to improvements in bottle openers.

Prior hereto" similar: articles have been devised for the purposes of removing closures from and/or attaching closures to bottles and'other similar containers. Myinvention comprises mrprovements upon such prior art devices. 'I have found that when a bottle-opener is formed as an annulus of ahollow. frusto-conical shape and is formed with ribson, or grooves in. the inner sur- 'face,thereof,.corks and similar closures may be readily removed from bottles and (provided that the ribs and/or grooves are properly positioned and directed), the cellophane or other plastic material which" is customarily used to fasten the 2 Claims. (01. 81-34) this application closure 'in the bottles. may be readily sheared therefrom and the container readily opened.

While it'is possible to remove such closure when the ribs and/or grooves'extend in a' direction parallel with the axis of the frusto-conical annulus, yet for more perfect action (as will be later explained), it is desirable that the ribs and/or grooves should slant not only with the taper of the device, but also around the inside of annulus, as for example, from left to right.

One object of my invention is the provision of a bottle opener of relatively simple construction which is economical to manufacture and efficient and positive in action.

A further object of my invention is the provision 'of a bottle opener so arranged that it would readily grip and remove closures of bottles and will shear the cellophane or other plastic material by which such closures are usually fastened.

Further objects and features of the invention will be apparent from the subjoined specification and claims, when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings which illustrate two embodiments of my invention.

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Fig. 1 is a view in perspective of a bottle opener constructed according to my invention;

Fig. 2 is a bottom plan view of the bottle opener shown in Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a top plan view of the bottle opener shown in Fi 1;

Fig. 4 is an expanded view of the inside of the bottle opener shown in Fig. 1;

Fig. 5 is an expanded view of the interior of an alternative form of the bottle opener; and

Fig. 6 is an expanded view of the interior of another alternative form of bottle opener.

Referring to the drawings it may be seen that I have shown a bottle opener designated as H.

This bottle opener II is in the form of. a frusto conicalring formed with a knurled outer surface as at l2 and with grooves in its innersu'rface such as the grooves [3. The diameter of the ring II at the top it is less than the diameter of the bottom l5 and both the inner surface and the outer surface of the device H are tapered asis shown in the drawings. The grooves l3 not only slant with the taper, but also as is shown mor clearly in Fig. 4, slant from left toright around the circumference of the inner surface of thedevice for purposes which will later be explained Both the upper end (top) andthe lower end (bottom) of the device H are entirely open so that the closure member when taken from the bottle or other container, may be easily {removed from the opener.

In Fig. 5 I have illustrated the interior on an expanded showing of a modification of the opener shown in Figs. 1 to 4','in which it will be noticed that the grooves 23 of the ring 2! do not slant from left to right from the top 2 3 to the bottom 25. The grooves l3 and 23 are not exactly parallel, although the departure thereof from a parallel arrangement is so slight that it is scarcely discernible in the drawings. The reason for the lack of parallelism is the taper of the rings l3 and 23 whereby the spacing of the grooves at the bottom of the rings is wider than the spacing at the top.

In Fig. 6 I have illustrated the interior on an expanded showing of another modification. The grooves 33 of the ring 3| slant from the right at the top 34 to the left at the bottom 35. Of course the direction of the slant is determined by the direction in which the opener is to be turned in removing the closure from the container.

In the manufacture of my improved bottle opener I cut rings from tubular stock which as cut are true annuli and are not tapered from top to bottom. I then expand the lower part of this ring by forcing a tapered countersunk die into it under high pressure thus increasing the diameter of the ring at the bottom and to a lesser degree as the die approaches the top of the ring on the inside. The diameter is also increased although possibly to a lesser extent on the outside of the ring. The grooves are then formed on the inner surface by means of a drill having corresponding ridges, the drill being forced through the inner surface of the ring with a slight turning movement. The ring is then case-hardened and finally polished to remove oxidation,, e c.

thus turns the cork, cap, or other closure for the:

bottle, shearing the cellophane or other protective plastic and removing the closure and' pl'ast'ic cleanly therefrom. The slant of the groovesmay be considered as a screw of veryslightlpitch and.

thus it is clear that the turning action of the opener causes a tightening of the'- openeruponv the closure because the screw forces the ring,

downward thus creating a wedging action there'- of due to the taper and a firm gripping of the cork, 'cap" or other" closure. Thusthe closure is re'adilvremoved at the sametime causing 'a shearing of the" plasticfastener; If the grooves do not'islantor slant onlysli'ghtly; theopenerwill not operate as efficiently to grip-the closure.

'wedgin'g' and gripping thereof than" can be ac compli'shed by the" preferred form" shown'in Figs. 1 to 4. However, fairly-satisfactory'results may be accomplished thereby;

'It'is' to. be understoo'dithatf the above described embodiments of my invention are for the purpose of illustration only and various changes may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of my invention.

I claim:

1. A bottle opener comprising an inflexible metallic ring formed with a taper and provided with a plurality, of separated slanting, grooves on theinner surface thereof which=slant around the inner surface. 1

2. An improvement in bottle openers comprising an inflexible ring substantially annular in shape but: tapering from the bottom to the top and being formed on its inner surface with a plurality of. separated tapering and slanting grooves which slant in a counter-clockwise direction;from':the'=wider end of the ring toward the smaller end thereof around the inner surface to formarr internal screw, the pitch of said screw being very large.

' FREDERICK E; RINEI-IART.

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- 855,982- Rich- June 4 .1907 1,752,189 Liotz Mar; 25,1930 1,924,579" Waterhousei. Aug.129,r1933 11954.422 McIntyre Apr; 1 0'; .1934 960,531 Driscollv May;'29, 1934 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country; Date:

.808 Great Britain-.... Jan; 13, 189.3 633,574 Germany :May 8, a 1935 44,336 Netherlands Sept..17,.19.38

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US2801017A (en) * 1952-11-21 1957-07-30 Cortat Baldomero Curia Bottle stoppers
US4095811A (en) * 1976-12-13 1978-06-20 Max Cohen Chuck jaw operating and closing device
US4283829A (en) * 1979-05-14 1981-08-18 Saunders Archery Company Protective device for mounting blades on arrowhead
US4337678A (en) * 1981-03-30 1982-07-06 Owens-Illinois, Inc. Threaded closure removal tool
WO1989000472A1 (en) * 1987-07-16 1989-01-26 Flynn Jerome R Chuck actuator system and method
US4817971A (en) * 1987-07-16 1989-04-04 Flynn Jerome R Chuck actuator device and method
US4876926A (en) * 1989-02-14 1989-10-31 Eastman Kodak Company Stopper remover apparatus
US4979407A (en) * 1990-04-16 1990-12-25 Albert Hernandez Bottle opener
WO1991000237A1 (en) * 1989-06-30 1991-01-10 Franz Suter Bottle opener for threaded or crown caps
US5022288A (en) * 1990-10-09 1991-06-11 Harry Taktakian Crimped cap removal and return assist device
US5483854A (en) * 1995-03-06 1996-01-16 K2 Development Corporation Apparatus for removing cork and stoppering structure from pressurized bottle
US5784933A (en) * 1996-12-19 1998-07-28 Persellin; Avram Apparatus for removing a threaded cap from a container
US5893301A (en) * 1997-09-22 1999-04-13 Hensley; Carroll Gene Bottle opener
US20050193867A1 (en) * 2004-02-25 2005-09-08 Haynes Phillip K. Tool for facilitating removal of container closing devices
US20080072709A1 (en) * 2006-09-21 2008-03-27 Dye Walter C Container top opener with directionally inclined gripping ribs
US20090145267A1 (en) * 2003-12-22 2009-06-11 Joao Carlos Moles Screw-Off Top Extractor
US20120036964A1 (en) * 2009-03-24 2012-02-16 Alfred Franz Neuberger Bottle opener
US20160159630A1 (en) * 2014-12-06 2016-06-09 Armin FURRER Tool for grasping and handling an article
USD806492S1 (en) 2015-09-17 2018-01-02 Gyrus Acmi, Inc. Grip adapter for debrider blade nosecone

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US1924579A (en) * 1932-03-16 1933-08-29 George E Watts Rubber cap-wrench
US1954422A (en) * 1932-12-16 1934-04-10 John D Mcintyre Cap applier and remover
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US1960531A (en) * 1932-04-19 1934-05-29 Anthony F Driscoll Tool for applying and removing receptacle closures
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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
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US2801017A (en) * 1952-11-21 1957-07-30 Cortat Baldomero Curia Bottle stoppers
US4095811A (en) * 1976-12-13 1978-06-20 Max Cohen Chuck jaw operating and closing device
US4283829A (en) * 1979-05-14 1981-08-18 Saunders Archery Company Protective device for mounting blades on arrowhead
US4337678A (en) * 1981-03-30 1982-07-06 Owens-Illinois, Inc. Threaded closure removal tool
WO1989000472A1 (en) * 1987-07-16 1989-01-26 Flynn Jerome R Chuck actuator system and method
US4817971A (en) * 1987-07-16 1989-04-04 Flynn Jerome R Chuck actuator device and method
US4844488A (en) * 1987-07-16 1989-07-04 Flynn Jerome R Chuck actuator system and method
US4876926A (en) * 1989-02-14 1989-10-31 Eastman Kodak Company Stopper remover apparatus
WO1991000237A1 (en) * 1989-06-30 1991-01-10 Franz Suter Bottle opener for threaded or crown caps
US4979407A (en) * 1990-04-16 1990-12-25 Albert Hernandez Bottle opener
US5022288A (en) * 1990-10-09 1991-06-11 Harry Taktakian Crimped cap removal and return assist device
US5483854A (en) * 1995-03-06 1996-01-16 K2 Development Corporation Apparatus for removing cork and stoppering structure from pressurized bottle
WO1996027550A1 (en) * 1995-03-06 1996-09-12 K2 Development Corporation Apparatus for removing cork and stoppering structure from pressurized bottle
US5784933A (en) * 1996-12-19 1998-07-28 Persellin; Avram Apparatus for removing a threaded cap from a container
US5893301A (en) * 1997-09-22 1999-04-13 Hensley; Carroll Gene Bottle opener
US20090145267A1 (en) * 2003-12-22 2009-06-11 Joao Carlos Moles Screw-Off Top Extractor
US20050193867A1 (en) * 2004-02-25 2005-09-08 Haynes Phillip K. Tool for facilitating removal of container closing devices
US20080072709A1 (en) * 2006-09-21 2008-03-27 Dye Walter C Container top opener with directionally inclined gripping ribs
US20120036964A1 (en) * 2009-03-24 2012-02-16 Alfred Franz Neuberger Bottle opener
US20160159630A1 (en) * 2014-12-06 2016-06-09 Armin FURRER Tool for grasping and handling an article
USD806492S1 (en) 2015-09-17 2018-01-02 Gyrus Acmi, Inc. Grip adapter for debrider blade nosecone

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