Hand tools abstract
A functional blister package for scissors, pliers and other hand
tools comprising a display card; a transparent, flexible, blistered
elongated covering; an outwardly bent edge on the transparent covering
facing the display card and adapted to adhere to said card; the
transparent covering being generally shaped to conform to the shape
of the hand tool; one end of the generally elongated transparent
covering being shaped to closely embrace and lock in place one extremity
of the tool; the other end of the transparent covering being splayed
to permit of restricted movement of the bladed or sharpened end
of the tool; and a cut-out portion in the transparent blistered
covering registering with the hand-held part of the tool so as to
permit the tool to be grasped and tested by the prospective purchaser.
Hand tools claims
What we claim is:
1. A functional blister package adapted to hold and display scissors,
pliers and similar hand tools consisting of two pivotted and relatively
movable parts having handles at one end of said parts and working
surfaces at the other end of said parts comprising a display card;
a transparent, flexible, blistered elongated covering extending
substantially entirely over one of the said movable parts and the
working surface only of the other of said movable parts, an outwardly
bent edge on the transparent covering facing the display card and
made to adhere to said card; the transparent covering being generally
shaped at one end to substantially enclose and lock in place one
handle of one movable part of the tool; the other end of the transparent
covering being splayed to permit of restricted movement of the working
surface on the other movable parts; and a cut-out portion in the
transparent covering substantially midway between its ends to allow
the other handle to project outside the covering so as to permit
the handle of the tool to be grasped and tested by the prospective
2. A blister package as claimed in claim 1 wherein the transparent
covering is narrowest at the level of the pivot of the movable parts
of the tool and the wider part houses the working surface with that
part of the covering being arcuate and widest at the level of the
extremities of the working surface so as to permit their being opened
and closed without destruction of the transparent covering.
3. A blister package as claimed in claim 1 wherein the elongated
covering is narrowest at its central area to form a neck-shaped
portion between the working surface and handles of the tool and
the elongated covering is formed with an arcuate cut-out at this
neck portion for one of the handles to stick out.
Hand tools description
This invention relates to blister packages for scissors, pliers
and other hand tools.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Quality scissors are customarily sold mounted on a display card
which carries the name of the maker, distributor and/or marketer
and other advertising material. The card and the major part of the
scissors are enclosed in a transparent plastic envelope which protects
the scissors and display card during storage. The scissors are retained
in place by a plastic loop passing over one of the handles. These
plastic envelopes have to be slipped by hand over the display card,
the loops have to be individually placed around the handle and riveted
to the card. This manual assembly is time-consuming and increases
the overall production costs.
Blister packages have been known for some time and it is quite
customary to mount small items of hardware, stationery, notions
and so on on a display card under a blister made of transparent,
stiff, but flexible material such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and
applied by heat and pressure-adhesive means. These known "blisters"
completely enclose the article of merchandise and it is impossible
for the purchaser to touch or test the article without destroying
It is the principal object of the invention to provide a functional
blister package primarily, but not exclusively intended for scissors,
pliers and other hand tools so as to enable the purchaser to grasp
the tool and test-operate it within the confines of the blister.
It is the further object of the invention to provide a blister
package for a pair of scissors or other hand tool which can be applied
by machine in an automated assembly line.
Another object of the invention is to provide a blister package
which permanently houses and displays a pair of scissors or other
hand tool yet is partially open so that the scissors can be grasped
by the prospective purchaser who wants to get the "feel"
of the handles and test the movement and function of the blades.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a front view of the blister package of the invention
as applied to a pair of scissors, the scissors being in the closed
FIG. 2 is a similar figure with the scissors in the open position
and showing the customer's hand in dotted lines;
FIG. 3 is a side view of FIG. 1;
FIGS. 4 5 6 and 7 are sectional views taken on lines 4--4 5--5
6--6 and 7--7 respectfully.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
Referring to the drawings, the display card 10 has applied to it
by heat and pressure-adhesive means a transparent flexible, generally
elongated plastic blistered covering 12 which surrounds and holds
in place a pair of scissors 14. The scissors shown have plastic-covered
contoured handles, 16 18 but the functional package of the invention
is applicable to any type of household scissors, or light hand-operated
tools such as gardening clippers or pliers or a crimping tool or
shears of various sorts.
The plastic blister has a rim 20 running practically around its
entire periphery. The rim 20 is formed by the edge of the plastic
being bent at right angles to the upstanding side 22 of the blister.
By this arrangement the blister is given a generally U-shaped cross-section
as clearly visable in FIGS. 4 5 6 and 7 the width of the horizontal
limb 24 of the "U" varying at different portions of the
In FIGS. 1 and 2 the upper part of the blister housing the blades
is wider along the top 26 which is formed in an arcuate shape, the
radius of the arc being roughly equal to the blade length from fulcrum
28 to tips 30 32. This arc allows the scissors being partially
opened as shown in FIG. 2.
The narrowest part of the blister is at the level of the fulcrum
or pivot 28 and forms a neck in this area.
The lower part of the blister 34 is generally oblong in outline
closely conforming to the shape of the finger hole handle of the
scissors with its central portion 35 being cut out to allow insertion
of the fingers. As shown in the sectional view of FIG. 7 the sides
22a of the blister at this level closely embrace the sides of the
scissor handles 18. In this way, this "finger" handle
of the scissors is securely locked in place. The "thumb"
handle 16 on the other hand projects outside the blister which is
formed with an arcuate cutout 36 at the narrow necked midway portion
of the blister at the level of the pivot 28.
The exact shape of the cut-out which has been described as arcuate
is not material as its sole purpose is to allow the "thumb"
handle to stick out from the blister and permit its being moved
in the plane of the display card 10 that is up and down in the
drawing, by the purchaser's thumb which has been shown in dotted
outlines in FIG. 2.
Although the shape of the cut-out is not material, the arcuate
or part elliptical shape as shown is preferred as it is aesthetically
of pleasing appearance.
It will be seen that by the arrangement of the invention, the prospective
purchaser can insert this thumb and fingers into the scissor handles
so as to obtain the "feel" of the handles and functionally
move the blades back and forth within the confines of the blister.