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3) Old/Rare multitool of the month: F. Nielsen Combination Tool 5072

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3) Old/Rare multitool of the month: F. Nielsen Combination Tool
« on: August 31, 2011, 05:26:28 AM »
F. Nielsen Combination Tool


When the Leatherman Super Tool was first introduced back in 1994, it caused quite a stir. Not only was it bigger and beefier than the original Leatherman PST, it also featured blades that locked open! :o Since then a lot of other multitools have came out with all locking blades, but was the Super Tool really the "first"? 

Apparently not:





Back in 1923, an immigrant from Denmark by the name of Frederik Nielsen filed a claim with the United States patent office for a "new and useful combination tool." Frederik's invention consisted of a set of plier jaws, one integral with a folded metal handle, the other integral with a large backspring. A lug (or notch, as shown in the patent drawing) on the backspring engages with three pivoting blades, locking them closed and/or locking them open.





The tool itself could handle any number of tasks, and it's handy size made it suitable for carrying in a pocket until needed.







The plier jaws open wide for large jobs, yet close fully together for small ones. The inner surfaces of the jaws have a v-groove running lengthwise for pulling wire and such, and several v-grooves running crosswise for grip.







At the base of the jaws there was even a wire cutter.  (v-grooves in the jaw face mentioned earlier can be seen in the photo below)





But the most interesting feature of all on Mr. Nielsen's combination tool was the locking blades. You can see how the backspring lug engages each blade, keeping them "closed"....





....until the backspring is lifted up, which frees the blade and allows it to be rotated.





When the blade is fully "open", the backspring lug snaps into place, locking the blade into position.





Sadly, as far as I know, the Combination Tool was never manufactured commercially. :( The example shown here is rather crudely put together. It functions well enough, but all of the individual parts look to be homemade, not factory produced. The knife blade for instance appears to have been made from an old file. (see photo below) My guess is that this is one of Mr. Nielsen's hand made prototypes.





And unfortunately, we probably won't ever know why Mr. Nielsen's tool never made it into production. :-\ Perhaps when he showed it to knifemakers, they said it was a tool, and when he showed it to toolmakers, they said it was a gadget..? ;) :D




F. Nielsen Combination Tool, at Google Patents: CLICKY





« Last Edit: October 16, 2011, 05:38:26 AM by J-sews »

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011, 05:53:18 AM »
Neat tool Bob,he was a man ahead of his time,thanks for sharing. :salute:
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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011, 11:01:56 AM »
Now that is a RIPPER Bob  8) 8) 8) 8) 8) :gimme: :gimme: :D :D :D.

Bob be carful when you unlock those tools ,you do not want to break that backspring/lock  :ahhh :ahhh :D :D :D


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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2011, 11:48:59 AM »
That looks excellent Bob  :tu:
When I see older tools like that it always makes me wonder why they didn't catch on sooner
Outboard tools too  :D



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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2011, 06:23:24 PM »
Go Denmark..  :D :D
Very interesting pre-pre LM tool Bob, once again thanks for sharing these
oldies with the rest of us..  :salute:

Btw. in 2010 there was 272.804 with the surname Nielsen in Denmark..
:)


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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2011, 06:34:13 PM »
I like that one a lot. :tu:  I do think this thread needs to be called "Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Week" though. :pok: :D

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2011, 01:41:36 AM »
Go Denmark..  :D :D
Very interesting pre-pre LM tool Bob, once again thanks for sharing these
oldies with the rest of us..  :salute:

Btw. in 2010 there was 272.804 with the surname Nielsen in Denmark..
:)


Yeah, tell me about it. :P When I try to do a google search for more info on a Frederik Nielsen, I get 500 pages of stuff about a Danish tennis star, a Danish doctor, Danish jewelry, Danish this, Danish that, etc, etc.  ::) :D

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2011, 01:44:04 AM »
That looks excellent Bob  :tu:
When I see older tools like that it always makes me wonder why they didn't catch on sooner
Outboard tools too  :D

Agreed Al. :tu: Like Smitty said, the guy was definitely ahead of his time. :)

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2011, 06:49:21 AM »
Interesting tool there Bob.   :tu:    :)

What? Enablers! Are you serrrrious? Where? I dont see any.

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2011, 10:26:12 PM »
Great tool bob!  I love seeing stuff like that.  Amazing ingenuity for the time period.

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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2011, 10:50:48 PM »
I really enjoy these bob!

have you got any multi tools that are steam/traction engine related?

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2011, 07:32:27 AM »
Thanks Ryan, I really enjoy writing them :) Modern multitools are wonderful to be sure, but my true passion will always be with the antique ones. :)


No traction/steam specific tools that I'm aware of, but I do have a few coming up that might have been used for that purpose. :salute:

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2011, 03:16:57 PM »
That is a neat looking tool Bob.  :salute:

A little Leatherman information.

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2011, 07:44:38 PM »
Very cool, I need to read this section more
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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2011, 08:52:21 PM »
Considering it never made it into production, how did you come by it Bob?

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2011, 10:58:11 PM »
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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2011, 11:52:57 PM »
 :ahhh

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2011, 02:56:01 AM »
Considering it never made it into production, how did you come by it Bob?

At a website called www.wrenchingnews.com they occasionally have auctions for entire antique tool collections. Since most of the members/bidders there are wrench collectors, this plier tool didn't get much notice. I was able to pick it up for about 10% of what I had been willing to bid for it. :cheers:

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2011, 03:00:22 PM »
Result  :cheers:

I always look around he bottom of rusty tool boxes at car boot sales for things like that.  So far, no go but I'm ever hopeful :)

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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2011, 07:16:41 AM »
Result  :cheers:

I always look around he bottom of rusty tool boxes at car boot sales for things like that.  So far, no go but I'm ever hopeful :)

I think we may have more chance of getting Tetanus than a treasure Neil  :( :P :D :D.
As I am rummaging away in boxes full of rusty tools I find myself thinking 'are my shots up-to-date'  :think: :think:   :D


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Re: 3) Old/Unusual Multi Tool of the Month
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2011, 10:39:50 AM »
I hear you :(

In all seriousness I best get boosted next time I'm heading to the docs.

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