Title:
Combination cigar cutting device comprising a plurality of cutters and writing instrument
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A combination cigar cutting device with a plurality of cutters and writing instrument (15), comprising a cigar cutter assembly (20) attached to a writing instrument (25).

Assembly (20) comprising a plurality-cutter coupling (60), a multifunctional shaft (40), and an end cap (30). Coupling (60), comprising a first tubular cutter (66) and a first coupling thread (60A) at the first end, and a second tubular cutter (68) and a second coupling thread (60B) at the second end. Whereby coupling (60) is rotated end-over-ends to alternately attach to cap (30) and to writing instrument (25), and whereby cutter (66) and cutter (68) is alternated to cut and remove different diameter plugs of tobacco from cigars. Moreover, shaft (40), comprising a center cutting blade (48) that when used in conjunction with cutter (66) or cutter (68), cuts the bottom surface of a cylindrical hole enabling the removal of a complete plug of tobacco.




Inventors:
Taylor, Stephen Alan (Tucson, AZ, US)
Application Number:
10/852069
Publication Date:
11/24/2005
Filing Date:
05/24/2004
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
30/109
International Classes:
A24C1/24; A24F13/26; B43K29/00; (IPC1-7): A24C1/24
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Primary Examiner:
NGUYEN, PHU HOANG
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
STEPHEN ALAN TAYLOR (VAIL, AZ, US)
Claims:
1. A combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument comprising: (a) a writing instrument; (b) (currently amended) a cigar cutting device comprising a plurality of cutters.

2. The writing instrument of claim 1 wherein said writing instrument comprising: (a) (currently amended) a mounting tube, said mounting tube comprising a hollow body portion, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends; the first end of said hollow body portion having an attachment means to removably attach said first end to a compatible attachment means on said cigar cutting device comprising a plurality of cutters; a dispensing device within said hollow body portion to dispense ink, lead, and the like; and a deployment means to extend and retract said dispensing device from said second end; (b) a writing means to record information, whereby a cigar smoker has a writing device readily available for use while participating in activities that mingle cigar smoking with activities such as reading, brainstorming, social functions, business meetings, networking events, sporting events, golf, and the like.

3. The writing instrument of claim 2 wherein said mounting tube is made from materials including metal and plastic, and wherein said dispensing device dispenses other mediums such as lead, and wherein said deployment means maintains said dispensing device in a fixed position.

4. The cigar cutting device of claim 1 wherein said cigar cutting device comprising: (a) a plurality-cutter coupling, an urging means, a multifunctional shaft, and a cap; (b) said plurality-cutter coupling, comprising a hollow cylindrical body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends, a first cutting means at said first end, said first cutting means comprising a tubular cutter with a sharpened edge and a predetermined cross-sectional shape and diameter, and a second cutting means at said second end, said second cutting means comprising a tubular cutter with a sharpened edge and a predetermined cross-sectional shape and diameter that may be of a different diameter than said first cutting means; (c) said plurality-cutter coupling, also comprising a first attachment means near said first end, and a second attachment means near said second end, whereby said plurality-cutter coupling can be rotated end-over-ends to be alternately attached to said cap and to said writing instrument, and whereby said first cutting means and said second cutting means can be alternated to cut and remove different diameter plugs of tobacco from the end of a cigar; (d) said urging means, adapted to provide separation between said plurality-cutter coupling and said multifunctional shaft, whereby said multifunctional shaft returns to its original position after being urged to eject tobacco from the inside of said first cutting means and alternately from the inside of said second cutting means; (e) said multifunctional shaft, comprising a solid cylindrical body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends, a pushing means at said first end, said pushing means comprising an exposed end and a base, whereby a user pushes said exposed end to urge said multifunctional shaft through said plurality-cutter coupling to eject pieces of cut tobacco; (f) said multifunctional shaft, also comprising a center cutting means at said second end, said center cutting means comprising a predetermined cross-sectional shape, a base, and a cutting tip; the improvement wherein said center cutting means is not shaped round and pointed and is used simultaneously and in conjunction with said first cutting means or with said second cutting means, whereby the circumference and bottom surface of a cylindrical plug of tobacco is cut enabling the removal of said cylindrical plug of tobacco from the end of said cigar; (g) said multifunctional shaft, also comprising a plunger surface contiguous to said base of said center cutting means, a bearing surface near said first end, said bearing surface comprising a top surface that enables the containment of said multifunctional shaft within said cap, and a bottom surface that bears against said urging means, whereby, when a user pushes said exposed end of said pushing means, said multifunctional shaft and said plunger surface slide through said plurality-cutter coupling and through said first cutting means or said second cutting means, thereby ejecting said cylindrical plug of tobacco, and whereby when the user releases said pushing means, said urging means biases against said bottom surface of said bearing surface, urging said pushing means and said center cutting means back to their original positions; (h) said cap, comprising a hollow cylindrical body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends; said first end is closed, said second end is open; a carrying means attached to the exterior surface of said cap for securing said combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument to a pocket and the like; (i) said cap, also comprising a hole of sufficient size at the center of said first end, wherein a lip is formed at said first end between the circumference of said hole and the outer circumference of said cap; and wherein said cap is adapted to slide over said exposed end of said pushing means, enabling said pushing means to slidably extend through said hole until said top surface of said bearing surface bears against said lip enabling the containment of said multifunctional shaft within said cap; (j) said cap, also comprising a first attachment means at said second end, whereby said cap can be removably attached to said first attachment means of said plurality-cutter coupling and removably attached to said second attachment means of said plurality-cutter coupling; (k) a means to cut and remove tobacco from the end of said cigar, whereby in a single operation, the simultaneous cutting action of said first cutting means or said second cutting means, combined with said center cutting means, is adaptable to cut and remove said cylindrical plug of tobacco from the end of said cigar, which said cylindrical plug of tobacco remains at least in part within said first cutting means or within said second cutting means, and wherein said pushing means of said multifunctional shaft is operable to move said plunger surface of said multifunctional shaft through said first cutting means or through said second cutting means to eject said cylindrical plug of tobacco.

5. The cigar cutting device of claim 4, wherein said plurality-cutter coupling further includes replaceable first and second cutting means of predetermined cross-sectional shape, length, and diameter, and wherein said multifunctional shaft further includes replaceable said center cutting means of predetermined cross-sectional shape, length, and diameter, and wherein said carrying means on said cap is formed as part of said cap, and wherein the first and second attachment means on said coupling are a combination and ridges and troughs adapted to mate with like ridges and troughs on said cap and on said writing instrument.

6. The cigar cutting device of claim 1 further including an alternative carrying tube of predetermined cross-sectional shape and length that can be substituted for said writing instrument; said alternative carrying tube, comprising a hollow body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends, said first end being open, said second end being closed, an attachment means at said open end to removably attach said alternative carrying tube to a compatible attachment means on said cigar cutting device; whereby a user can carry small articles including tweezers, small cigars, matches, cedar strips, piercing devices, and the like within said alternative carrying tube.

7. The cigar cutting device of claim 1 further including an alternative end cap of predetermined cross-sectional shape and length that can be substituted for said writing instrument, said alternative end cap, comprising a hollow body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends, said first end being open, said second end being closed, an attachment means at said open end to removably attach said alternative end cap to a compatible attachment means on said cigar cutting device; whereby a user can use said alternative end cap to shorten the overall length of said cigar cutting device during times when said writing instrument and said alternative carrying tube is not desired.

8. The cigar cutting device of claim 1, wherein said cigar cutting device is a known device in the prior art; including those devices comprising combination tubular and center cutters, a plurality of cutters, a piercing device, an integrated means to eject tobacco debris, an non-integrated means to eject tobacco; and wherein said known device is adaptable to attach to said writing instrument and adaptable to attach to said alternative carrying tube.

9. A combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument comprising: (a) a means for writing; (b) a means for cutting cigars comprising a plurality of cutters.

10. The writing instrument of claim 9 wherein said writing instrument comprising: (a) (currently amended) a mounting tube, said mounting tube comprising a hollow body portion, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends; the first end of said hollow body portion having threads to removably attach said first end to compatible threads on said means for cutting cigars comprising a plurality of cutters; a dispensing device to dispense lead, ink, and the like; and a deployment mechanism to deploy and retract said dispensing device from said second end; (b) a means to record information, whereby a cigar smoker has a pen, a mechanical pencil, and the like that is readily available to use while participating in activities that mingle cigar smoking with activities such as reading, brainstorming, social functions, business meetings, networking events, sporting events, golf, and the like.

11. The cigar cutting device of claim 9 wherein said cigar cutting device comprising: (a) a housing, a spring, a shaft, and a cap; (b) said housing, comprising a hollow cylindrical body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends, a first tubular cutter at said first end, said first tubular cutter comprising a sharpened beveled edge and a predetermined cross-sectional shape and diameter, and a second tubular cutter at said second end, said second tubular cutter comprising a sharpened beveled edge and a predetermined cross-sectional shape and diameter that may be the same size as said first cutting means; (c) said housing, also comprising a first thread near said first end, and a second thread near said second end, whereby said housing can be rotated end-over-ends to be alternately attached to said cap and to said means for writing, and whereby said first tubular cutter and said second tubular cutter can be alternated to cut and remove plugs of tobacco from the end of a cigar; (d) said spring, adapted to provide separation between said housing and said shaft, whereby said shaft returns to its original position after being urged to eject tobacco from the inside of said first tubular cutter and alternately from the inside of said second tubular cutter; (e) said shaft, comprising a solid cylindrical body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends, an ejector button at said first end, said ejector button comprising an exposed end and a base, whereby a user pushes said exposed end to urge said shaft through said housing to eject tobacco debris; (f) said shaft, also comprising a center cutting blade at said second end, said center cutting blade comprising a predetermined cross-sectional shape, a base, and a cutting tip; the improvement wherein said center cutting blade is not shaped round and pointed and is used simultaneously and in conjunction with said first tubular cutter or with said second tubular cutter, whereby the circumference and bottom surface of a cylindrical plug of tobacco is cut enabling the removal of said cylindrical plug of tobacco from the end of said cigar; (g) said shaft, also comprising an ejector surface contiguous to said base of said center cutting blade, a collar, said collar comprising a top surface that enables the containment of said shaft within said cap, and a bottom surface that bears against said spring; whereby, when a user pushes said ejector button, said shaft and said ejector surface slidably move through said housing and through said first tubular cutter or through said second tubular cutter ejecting said cylindrical plug of tobacco; and when the user releases said ejector button, said spring biases against said bottom surface of said collar, urging said ejector button and said center cutting blade to retract back to their original resting positions; (h) (currently amended) said cap, comprising a hollow cylindrical body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends; said first end is closed, said second end is open; a carrying means attached to the exterior surface of said cap for securing said combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument to a pocket and the like; (i) said cap, also comprising a hole of sufficient size at the center of said first end, wherein a lip is formed at said first end between the circumference of said hole and the outer circumference of said cap; and wherein said cap is adapted to slide over said ejector button, enabling said ejector button to slidably extend through said hole until said top surface of said collar bears against said lip enabling the containment of said shaft; (j) said cap, also comprising a first thread at said second end, whereby said cap can be removably attached to said first thread of said housing and alternately, to be removably attached to said second thread of said housing; (k) a means to cut and remove tobacco from the end of said cigar, whereby in a single operation, the simultaneous cutting action of said first tubular cutter or said second tubular cutter, combined with said center cutting blade, is adaptable to cut and remove said cylindrical plug of tobacco from the end of said cigar, which said cylindrical plug of tobacco remains in part within said first tubular cutter or within said second tubular cutter, and wherein said ejector button is operable to move said ejector surface of said shaft through said first tubular cutter or through said second tubular cutter to eject said cylindrical plug of tobacco.

12. The cigar cutting device of claim 9 further including an alternative storage tube of predetermined cross-sectional shape and length that can be substituted for said writing means, said alternative storage tube, comprising a hollow body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends, said first end being open, said second end being closed, a mounting thread at said open end to removably attach said alternative carrying tube to a compatible attachment means on said cigar cutting means; whereby a user can carry small articles related to smoking including small cigars, tweezers, matches, cedar strips, piercing devices, and the like within said alternative carrying tube.

13. The cigar cutting device of claim 9 further including an alternative end cap of predetermined cross-sectional shape and length that can be substituted for said writing means; said alternative end cap, comprising a hollow body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends, said first end being open, said second end being closed, a mounting thread at said open end to removably attach said alternative end cap to said cigar cutting means; whereby a user can use said alternative end cap to shorten the overall length of said cigar cutting device during times when said writing means and said alternative carrying tube is not desired.

14. A method of using a combination cigar cutting device comprising a plurality of cutters and a writing instrument to cut a plurality of size plugs from the end of a cigar and for using a writing instrument whenever a pen, pencil, and the like is convenient while smoking a cigar comprising the steps of: (a) (currently amended) providing a writing device having a mounting tube, said mounting tube comprising a hollow body portion, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends; the first end of said hollow body portion having an attachment means to removably attach said first end to a compatible attachment means on said cigar cutting device comprising a plurality of cutters; a dispensing device within said hollow body portion to dispense ink, lead, and the like; and a deployment means to extend and retract said dispensing device from said second end; (b) providing a cigar cutting device, comprising a plurality-cutter coupling, a spring, a shaft, and a cap; said plurality-cutter coupling comprising a hollow cylindrical body with a longitudinal axis and opposite first and second ends; a first tubular cutter at said first end and a second tubular cutter at said second end; said shaft comprising a solid cylindrical body with a longitudinal axis and opposite first and second ends, an ejector button at said first end, a center cutting means at said second end; said cap comprising of a hollow cylindrical body with a longitudinal axis and opposite first and second ends and a carrying clip attached to the exterior surface of said cap; (c) positioning said combination cigar cutting device comprising a plurality of cutters and writing instrument such that said second end of said writing instrument is contiguous to a writing surface for the purpose of writing, drawing, and the like; (d) selecting and enabling a preferred cutter to cut a plurality of size holes in the end of said cigar wherein the user performs the following steps: grasps said cap in one hand and said plurality-cutter coupling in the other; twisting said cap apart from said plurality-cutter coupling; withdrawing said shaft and said spring from said plurality-cutter coupling; rotating said plurality-cutter coupling end-over-ends leaving said preferred cutter exposed; placing said spring over the non-preferred cutter; inserting said shaft through said spring and through said plurality-cutter coupling; placing said cap over said ejector button on said shaft; compressing and twisting said cap and said plurality-cutter coupling together until engaged; (e) positioning said cigar cutting device such that the longitudinal axis of said preferred cutter and of said center cutting means, are parallel with the longitudinal axis of said cigar; and positioning said cigar cutting device such that said preferred cutter is centrally aligned and contiguous to an end portion of said cigar having a wrapper thereon; (f) moving said preferred cutter simultaneously and in conjunction with said center cutting means, toward said cigar whereby the resulting dual-cutting action cuts the circumference and bottom surface of a plug of tobacco, which said plug of tobacco remains at least in part within said preferred cutter;

15. The method of claim 14 wherein providing a cigar cutting device, comprising a coupling, a spring, a shaft, and a cap; said coupling comprising a hollow cylindrical body with a longitudinal axis and opposite first and second ends; a first cutter at said first end and a second cutter at said second end that can be alternately selected as a preferred cutter to cut different diameter holes in the end of a cigar by rotating said coupling end-over-ends; further including a first thread near said first end of said coupling and a second thread near said second end of said coupling; said shaft comprising a solid cylindrical body with a longitudinal axis and opposite first and second ends, an ejector button at said first end, a collar that is contiguous to said ejector button, said collar having a top surface and a bottom surface, a center cutting blade at said second end, and a plunger surface that is contiguous to said center cutting blade; said cap comprising of a hollow cylindrical body with a longitudinal axis and opposite first and second ends and a carrying means attached to the exterior surface of said cap to enable said combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument to be carried in a pocket and the like; said first end of said cap is closed with a hole of sufficient size to slide over said ejector button, said second end of said cap is open with an internal thread that mates to said first threads or said second threads of said coupling; a spring adapted to slide over said first cutter or said second cutter and to bear against said bottom surface of said collar thus biasing said collar toward said cap; (a) detaching said cigar cutting device from said writing instrument to use said cutting device to cut a hole in the end of said cigar by grasping said coupling in one hand and said writing instrument in the other hand and then twisting said coupling and said writing instrument in opposite directions until detached; (b) ejecting said plug of tobacco by pressing said ejector button toward said first end of said cap, urging said plunger surface through said preferred cutter, whereby said plug of tobacco is ejected; (c) releasing said ejector button to permit said spring to urge said shaft back to its original position, whereby said center cutting blade and said plunger surface are withdrawn within said preferred cutter; (d) cleaning said cigar cutting device by detaching said cap from said coupling; withdrawing said shaft and said spring from said coupling; and wiping off said cap, said shaft, said spring, and said coupling; (e) reassembling said cigar cutting device after cleaning and after selecting said preferred cutter, by inserting said second end of said shaft through said spring and through said coupling; placing said second end of said cap over said ejector button until said collar of said shaft bears against said first end of said cap; twisting said cap and said coupling in opposite directions until engaged; (f) carrying said combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument by inserting said second end of said writing instrument into a pocket, a note pad, a briefcase, and the like, with said carrying clip positioned to attach to said pocket and the like.

16. The method of claim 14 further including an alternative carrying tube of predetermined cross-sectional shape and length that can be substituted for said writing instrument; said alternative carrying tube, comprising a hollow body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends, said first end being open, said second end being closed, an attachment means at said open end to removably attach said alternative carrying tube to a compatible attachment means on said cigar cutting device; whereby a user can carry small articles including tweezers, matches, cedar strips, piercing devices, small cigars, and the like within said alternative carrying tube.

17. The method of claim 14 further including an alternative end cap of predetermined cross-sectional shape and length that can be substituted for said writing instrument; said alternative end cap, comprising a hollow body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends, said first end being open, said second end being closed, an attachment means at said open end to removably attach said alternative end cap to a compatible attachment means on said cigar cutting device; whereby a user can use said alternative end cap to shorten the overall length of said cigar cutting device during times when said writing instrument and said alternative carrying tube is not desired.

18. The method of claim 14 wherein said cigar cutting device is a known device in the prior art; including those devices comprising combination tubular and center cutters, a plurality of cutters, a piercing device, an integrated means to eject tobacco debris, an non-integrated means to eject tobacco; and wherein said known device is adaptable to attach to said writing instrument and adaptable to attach to said alternative carrying tube.

Description:

BACKGROUND

1. Field of Invention

This invention relates to devices that pierce or cut tobacco from the end of a cigar to allow cigar smokers to more easily draw smoke into their mouth. In addition, this invention combines a cigar cutting device with a writing instrument such as a ball point pen or mechanical pencil.

2. Description of Prior Art

Devices for piercing, perforating, and cutting plugs from the ends of cigars have been known in the prior art. Cigar smokers use these devices to pierce, perforate, cut, and punch out the cigar wrapper at the closed end of the cigar to provide an opening for the cigar smoker to draw smoke into his or her mouth. Examples of cigar piercing, cutting, perforating, and punching devices are found in U.S. Pat. No. 6,119,349 to Chuan (2000), U.S. Pat. No. 6,070,593 to Chase (2000), U.S. Pat. No. 5,862,808 to Albarello (1999), U.S. Pat. No. 5,535,763 to Conte (1996), U.S. Pat. No. 2,843,135 to Lisiewski (1958), U.S. Pat. No. 1,910,342 to Kivikink (1933), U.S. Pat. No. 1,734,620 to Giacopini (1929), U.S. Pat. No. 1,434,599 to Field and Hunt (1922), U.S. Pat. No. 1,376,335 to Hentschel (1921), U.S. Pat. No. 1,284,566 to Benson (1918), U.S. Pat. No. 1,177,852 to Flanders (1916), 706,679 to Mountford (1902), 703,162 to Todd (1902), 308,906 to Larsen and Bersted (1884), and 282,764 to Peavey (1883). While these devices have been generally useful, they suffer the following disadvantages:

  • (a) Patent '808 is a cigar punch, which combines a piercing apparatus and plug cutting apparatus. While this patent is generally useful, it does not remove the entire plug from the cigar, especially those cigars having moist tobacco, because the cutter apparatus only cuts the perimeter of the hole or plug, but not the plug's bottom surface. Moreover, the piercing apparatus is shaped like a common wood nail, i.e., a round shaft with a pointed tip, which only temporarily displaces the tobacco while inserted into the cigar. However, once the device withdrawn, the tobacco tends to close to its original position, especially when pressure is applied by the smoker's mouth. Hence, this patent tends to remove only the top portion of the plug, leaving the main portion of the plug in the cigar. In addition, this patent has a feature that ejects tobacco from the end of the cutter. This feature is generally useful, although it is susceptible to having small pieces of tobacco debris becoming lodged within the enclosed ejector and spring mechanisms, thus causing the sliding ability of the ejector and piercing device to be greatly reduced. Moreover, this patent does not allow users to easily disassemble the device for cleaning, it is overly complex and expensive to manufacture, it cuts only one size of hole regardless of a cigar's diameter, and it has only one cutting edge that limits the longevity of the device.
  • (b) Patent '349 is a cigar cutting device with three telescoping cylindrical cutters of different sizes with each having a sharpened beveled edge as known in the prior art. While this patent is generally useful, it does not remove the entire plug from the end of the cigar for the same reasons as stated above for patent '808. Moreover, it is overly complicated to manufacture, requires the user to handle a plurality of small components, and it is prone to tobacco debris lodging in between the telescoping cutting tubes.
  • (c) Patent '593 is a cigar cutting device with one single cutting tube, with a sharpened beveled edge as known in the prior art. While this patent is generally useful, it does not remove the entire plug from the end of the cigar for the same reasons as stated above for patent '808. Moreover, it cuts only one size of hole regardless of a cigar's diameter, it has only one cutting edge that limits the longevity of the device, and it requires the use of two hands to remove the tobacco debris from the cutting tube.
  • (d) Patent '763 is a cigar punch, which does not remove the entire plug from the end of the cigar for the same reasons as stated above for patent '808. Moreover, this patent does not allow users to easily disassemble the device for cleaning, it cuts only one size of hole regardless of a cigar's diameter, and it has only one cutting edge that limits the longevity of the device.
  • (e) Patents '135, '342, '620, '599, '335, '566, '852, '679, '162, '906, and '764 are piercing and perforating devices. The main problems with these devices are that they do not create a suitable hole to enable a user to draw smoke with ease and the holes they do create tend to close after the device is withdrawn (see disadvantage given for the piercing apparatus on patent '808 above). Moreover, they may damage the cigar's wrapper by penetrating too deeply or penetrating away from the cigar's center-of-axis, they are overly complex, and they do not allow users to easily disassemble the devices for cleaning.

In addition, devices that have combined useful tools with writing instruments have been known in the prior art. Some of these devices are functional, while others are ornamental. Examples of functional devices are found in U.S. Pat. No. 5,617,304 to Huang (1997), wherein a pen is combined with a laser light; U.S. Pat. No. 4,384,799 to Shklovsky (1983), wherein a pen is combined with a cigarette lighter; and patents Des. 152,847 to Weiss (1949) and Des. 138,875 to Weiss (1944), wherein a pen or pencil is combined with a knife blade. Examples of devices that are ornamental are found in U.S. patent Des. 410,680 to Muller (1999), wherein a pen is shaped like a cigar and U.S. Pat. No. 1,647,536 to Miller (1927), wherein a pencil is shaped like a cigar and like a banana. While these devices are generally useful, their functions are not intended or capable of piercing holes or cutting plugs of tobacco from the end of a cigar.

Since the late nineteenth century until now, these patents have continued to demonstrate a long-felt need to provide a device to overcome the problems associated with piercing and cutting plugs of tobacco from the ends of cigars.

OBJECTS AND ADVANTAGES

Bearing in mind the problems and deficiencies of the prior art, several objects and advantages of the present invention are as follows:

    • (a) to provide a device for cutting a cigar, which simply and efficiently deals with the problem of cutting and removing an entire plug of tobacco from the end of the cigar, thereby maximizing the ease and ability to draw smoke;
    • (b) to provide a device for cutting a cigar, which combines an external cutting device that cuts the diameter of the plug, with a center cutting device that cuts the bottom surface of the plug;
    • (c) to provide a device for cutting a cigar, which incorporates a plurality of cutters that can be alternated between uses, thus extending the effective life of the device;
    • (d) to provide a device for cutting a cigar, which incorporates a plurality of cutters of different diameters to accommodate cigars of different diameters;
    • (e) to provide a device for cutting a cigar, which can be easily disassembled and reassembled for cleaning, thus extending the effective operation and longevity of the device;
    • (f) to provide a device for cutting a cigar, which incorporates a simple apparatus for ejecting tobacco from the end of the cutting device and that can be easily disassembled for cleaning;
    • (g) to provide a device that combines a cigar cutting device with a writing instrument such as a ball point pen or mechanical pencil;
    • (h) to provide a device that combines a cigar cutting device with a writing instrument such as a ball point pen or mechanical pencil, and that has an alternative shortened end cap that can be substituted for the writing instrument;
    • (i) to provide a device that combines a cigar cutting device with a writing instrument such as a ball point pen or mechanical pencil, that has an alternative elongated carrying tube that can be substituted for the writing instrument, and that can be used to carry articles related to smoking such as small cigars, tweezers, piercing devices, cedar strips, matches, etc.;
    • (j) to provide a device for cutting a cigar, that is adapted with a pocket clip wherein the combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument can be easily carried in a shirt pocket, on a clip board, in a briefcase, and the like; and
    • (k) to provide a device for cutting a cigar, which is easy to use and has a simple structure for manufacturing and cost efficiencies.

Still further objects and advantages of my combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument will become apparent from a consideration of the drawings and ensuring descriptions.

DESCRIPTION OF DRAWING FIGURES

The features of the invention believed to be novel and the elements characteristic of the invention are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The figures are for illustration purposes only and are not drawn to scale. Moreover, closely related figures have the same number but different alphabetic suffices. The invention itself, however, both as to organization and method of operation, may best be understood by reference to the detailed description which soon follows taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a typical embodiment of the present invention showing a cigar cutting device combined with a writing instrument.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the cigar cutting device as detached from the writing instrument.

FIG. 2A is a longitudinal section view of the attachment threads on a mounting tube of the writing instrument taken along the lines 2A-2A of FIG. 2.

FIG. 2B is a magnified perspective view of the cigar cutting device as seen in FIG. 2.

FIG. 3 is an exploded elevation view of the cigar cutting device as seen in FIG. 2B.

FIG. 4 is a longitudinal section view through an end cap taken along lines 414 of FIG. 3.

FIG. 4A is a top elevation view of the end cap taken along lines 4A-A of FIG. 3.

FIG. 5 is a longitudinal section view through a multifunctional shaft along the lines 5-5 of FIG. 3.

FIG. 5A is a top elevation view of the multifunctional shaft taken along lines 5A-5A of FIG. 3.

FIG. 5B is a bottom elevation view of the multifunctional shaft and a center cutting blade taken along lines 5B-5B of FIG. 3.

FIG. 5C is an enlarged perspective view of the center cutting blade as shown in FIG. 3.

FIG. 6 is a longitudinal section view through a plurality-cutter coupling taken along lines 6-6 of FIG. 3.

FIG. 6A is an end elevation view of the plurality-cutter coupling taken along lines 6A-6A of FIG. 3.

FIG. 7 is a side elevation view of the cigar cutting device showing the multifunctional shaft in its retracted or resting position.

FIG. 7A is a side elevation view of the cigar cutting device showing the multifunctional shaft in its extended or ejection position.

FIG. 7B is a top elevation view of the cigar cutting device as seen in FIG. 7 taken along lines 7B-7B.

FIGS. 8-10 are perspective views of carrying tubes that are alternative embodiments to the writing instrument.

FIG. 10B is a longitudinal section view of a carrying tube taken along lines 10B-10B of FIG. 10 and is representative of the longitudinal section views of FIG. 8 and FIG. 9 (not shown), moreover this view illustrates sample articles that can be carried within the tube (i.e., tweezers, a piercing device, and matches).

FIG. 11 is a perspective view of an alternative embodiment to the preferred cigar cutting device comprising a simplified cutter having one or more cutting tubes, and having no center cutting blade or ejector mechanism.

FIG. 12 is a perspective view of an end cap that is an alternative embodiment to the writing instrument.

FIG. 12A is a longitudinal section view of the alternative end cap taken along lines 12A-12A of FIG. 12.

FIGS. 13 and 14 are enlarged perspective views of alternative embodiments of the center cutting blade as seen in FIG. 5C.

FIGS. 13A and 14A are bottom elevation views of alternative embodiments of the center cutting blade as seen in FIGS. 13 and 14 taken along lines 13A-13A and 14A-14A respectively.

FIGS. 15A-15C are perspective views of alternative embodiments for fastening the end cap and the writing instrument to the plurality-cutter coupling.

DESCRIPTION OF REFERENCE NUMERALS

    • 15—Combination Cigar Cutting Device and Writing Instrument
    • 20—Cigar Cutter Assembly
    • 25—Writing Instrument
    • 26—Mounting Tube
    • 26A—Mounting Thread
    • 27—Dispensing Cartridge
    • 28—Deployment Mechanism
    • 30—End Cap
    • 30A—Cap Thread
    • 36—Clip
    • 38—Clearance Hole
    • 39—Cap Lip
    • 40—Multifunctional Shaft
    • 42—Ejector Button
    • 44—Collar
    • 46—Plunger Face
    • 48—Center Cutting Blade
    • 48A—Cutting Tip
    • 50—Spring
    • 60—Plurality-Cutter Coupling
    • 60A—First Coupling Thread
    • 60B—Second Coupling Thread
    • 66—First Tubular Cutter
    • 66A—First Cutting Edge
    • 68—Second Tubular Cutter
    • 68A—Second Cutting Edge
    • 70—Cigar
    • 70A—Cut Opening

SUMMARY

This present invention combines two useful devices known in the prior art: a writing instrument such as a ballpoint pen or a mechanical pencil, and a device for cutting or punching a hole in the end of a cigar that enable users to draw smoke into their mouths. This present invention is unique in that it allows users to carry a cigar cutting device conveniently and stylishly, while providing a writing instrument at his or her disposal. This convenience is beneficial to cigar smokers because they frequently smoke while being involved in business gatherings, social and networking events, golf and other sporting events, or contemplative activities such as reading, studying, and brainstorming. Thus, users will have a cigar cutting device available when they smoke cigars and have a writing instrument available to take notes, record ideas, collect contact information, record golf scores, and the like. While this combination is unique, the cigar cutting device has unique and unexpected features as well. In brief, the cigar cutting device comprises a plurality-cutter coupling that allows users to alternate tubular cutters of different diameters to accommodate cigars of different diameters. Moreover, the cigar cutting device comprises a unique center cutting blade. When this blade is used in conjunction with a tubular cutter, the bottom surface and the perimeter of the hole is cut simultaneously. Hence, this dual cutting action results in the cutting and removal of a cylindrical plug of tobacco. The shape, thickness, and width of the center cutting blade can vary, but the shape should not be round and pointed like a common wood nail or like cigar piercing devices as known in the prior art. Surprisingly, and quite unexpectedly, the present inventor has discovered that using round and pointed piercing devices as found in the prior art, do not cut the bottom surface of a hole. The present inventor has also discovered that the unique combination of simultaneously using a tubular cutter in conjunction with a non-round and non-pointed center cutting blade enables the cutting and removal of a clean and cylindrical plug of tobacco. Moreover, if a tubular cutter is used separately without a center cutting blade, i.e., similar to how other cigar cutting devices known in the prior art are used, then only the hole's perimeter is cut, resulting in only the top portion of a plug being removed. If a piercing device is used separately, i.e., similar to how cigar pierces known in the prior art are used, than only a small hole is formed which tends to close once a smoker applies lip pressure on the cigar.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS—FIGS. 1 to 15C

Before describing the combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument, it is to be understood that this invention is not limited to a particular combination of a cigar cutting device and writing instrument as such may, of course, vary. It is also to be understood that the terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only, and is not intended to be limiting as the scope of the present invention will be limited only by the appended claims.

Unless defined otherwise, all terms used herein have the same meaning as commonly understood by one of ordinary skill in the art to which this invention belongs. Referring now to the drawings, a typical embodiment of the combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument is shown in FIG. 1, and is generally designated as a combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument 15.

Referring to FIGS. 1, 2, and 2B, combination 15 is comprised of a cigar cutter assembly 20 that is removably attached to a writing instrument 25. In the preferred embodiment, instrument 25 is a standard ballpoint pen as known in the prior art, comprising a mounting tube 26 with a hollow body portion, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends. The first end of tube 26 has a mounting thread 26A to removably attach to two compatible and opposite threads on assembly 20. Moreover, within tube 26 is dispensing cartridge 27 commonly used to dispense ink and a deployment mechanism 28 commonly used to extend and retract cartridge 27 from the second end. Mechanism 28's deployment of cartridge 27 is accomplished by use of a common spring mechanism with a side-mounted deployment button (not shown) or by use of a common rotational deployment mechanism (not shown), both of which are well known in the prior art. However, other types of writing instruments can be adapted including fountain pens, markers, mechanical pencils, and the like. Moreover, other types of cigar cutting devices known in the prior art can be adapted and substituted for assembly 20. These alternatives include other types of cigar punches, cigar cutters, cigar piercers, cigar perforators, and the like.

Referring now to FIGS. 2, 2A, 2B, and 3, assembly 20 is shown detached from instrument 25 by disengaging compatible threads located on assembly 20 and instrument 25. In the preferred embodiment, a second coupling thread 60B comprising a thread and a top surface, is located near an end of a plurality-cutter coupling 60 and is compatible with a mounting thread 26A (see FIG. 2A) located at the first end a mounting tube 26. Opposite thread 60B on coupling 60 is a first coupling thread 60A comprising a thread and a top surface, and is also compatible with thread 26A. Threads 26A, 60A, and 60B are common threads known in the prior art. Moreover, tube 26 is a common tube also known in the prior art and can be of various designs and functionality typically associated with writing instruments. Therefore, regardless of whether the writing instrument is a ballpoint pen, a fountain pen, a mechanical pencil, or a marker, it is a simple matter of adapting comparable diameters and threads of the mounting tube with the diameter and threads of assembly 20.

Referring now to FIGS. 3, 4 and 4A, an overview of assembly 20 will be provided first, followed by a more detailed discussion in subsequent paragraphs. The four main elements of assembly 20 include a cap 30, a multifunctional shaft 40, a spring 50, and coupling 60. At a first end of shaft 40 are an ejector button 42 and a collar 44. Collar 44 comprising a circular shaped shelf, a top surface, and a bottom surface. At a second end of shaft 40 are a center cutting blade 48 and a plunger face 46. Shaft 40 slidably moves through a spring 50, a first tubular cutter 66, a second tubular cutter 68, and coupling 60. Cutters 66 and 68 are located at opposite ends of coupling 60 and enable the cutting of different diameter holes in the end of a cigar. To cut different diameter holes, coupling 60 is rotated end-over-ends, leaving cutter 66 or cutter 68 exposed as the preferred cutter. Spring 50 comprising first and second ends, bears upon the bottom surface of collar 44 and upon the top surface of thread 60A or thread 60B (depending on whether cutter 66 or cutter 68 is exposed as the preferred cutter). Cap 30 comprising an open end and closed end, and having a clearance hole 38 at the closed end, encases spring 50 and button 42. Button 42 slidably passes through hole 38 until the top surface of collar 44 bears against a cap lip 39 which is the area formed between the outer diameter of cap 30 and the outer diameter of hole 38. Cap 30 and coupling 60 are removably attached to one another by engaging a thread 30A located at the open end of cap 30 with threads 60A or 60B respectively. The following paragraphs will describe these and additional features in greater detail.

Referring again to FIGS. 3, 4, and 4A, cap 30 comprising a hollow metal cylindrical body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends. Cap 30 being closed at the first end, but having hole 38 which is centered and of suitable size to slidably receive button 42. The edge remaining after forming hole 38 in the center of the closed end of cap 30 is referred to as lip 39 which creates a bearing surface for the top surface of collar 44. The second end of cap 30 is open, having thread 30A formed on cap 30's inside surface which is adapted to engage with compatible threads 60A and 60B. Attached to the exterior surface of cap 30 is a clip 36 which is known in the prior art for securing articles to pockets, clipboards, and the like. Clip 36 is secured to cap 30 by any method known in the prior art such as forming two hooks at one end of clip 36 and then inserting these hooks into compatible slots that are milled, formed, or drilled into cap 30 (method of attachment not shown). Another known method for attaching clip 36 includes forming a ring at one end of clip 36 which is adapted to slide over the top of a cap 30 until snug (method of attachment not shown).

Referring now to FIGS. 3 and 5, shaft 40 comprising a solid metal cylindrical body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends. Shaft 40 has several features formed along its longitudinal axis including button 42, collar 44, plunger 46, and blade 48. In the preferred embodiment, all of these features are formed from one piece of solid material using a lathe and grinder. However, alternative methods may include the manufacture and assembly of two or more components made from two or more types of materials. For example, blade 48 can be made from stainless steel, with the remaining features on shaft 40 made from a composite material such as plastic. Blade 48 would then be press fitted into a hole formed at the end of shaft 40 or by any other method known in the prior art.

Referring now to FIGS. 3, 4A, and 5A, button 42 located at the first end of shaft 40 is of suitable length so that when it is pushed, it urges shaft 40 and face 46 to eject cut tobacco from within cutters 66 or 68. Contiguous to button 42 is collar 44 which is adapted to slidably move within cap 30. Collar 44 enables the containment of shaft 40 within assembly 20 by its top surface bearing against lip 39 and it also provides one of two bearing surfaces for spring 50.

Referring now to FIGS. 3, 5B, and 5C, opposite button 42 on shaft 40 are face 46, blade 48, and a cutting tip 48A. Face 46 prevents cut tobacco from penetrating too far within cutters 66 or 68 and provides a plunging surface for ejecting tobacco from cutters 66 or 68 when button 42 is depressed. In the preferred embodiment, blade 48 is an elongated rectangular blade of predetermined cross-sectional shape and size. The length, shape, width, and thickness of blade 48 and a tip 48A can vary, but the shape should not be round and pointed like a common wood nail or like piercing devices known in the prior art. Surprisingly, and quite unexpectedly, the present inventor has discovered that using round and pointed piercing devices as found in the prior art, do not cut the bottom surface of a hole. The present inventor has also discovered that the unique combination of simultaneously using a tubular cutter such as cutter 66 or cutter 68, in conjunction with a non-round and non-pointed center cutter such as blade 48 and tip 48A, enables the cutting and removal of a clean and cylindrical plug of tobacco. Moreover, if a tubular cutter is used separately without a center cutting blade, i.e., similar to how other cigar cutting devices known in the prior art are used, then only the hole's perimeter is cut. If a piercing device is used separately, i.e., similar to how cigar pierces known in the prior art are used, than only a small hole is formed which tends to close once a smoker applies lip pressure on the cigar.

Referring again to FIG. 3 and to FIGS. 7 and 7A, spring 50 is made of any suitable material that is known in the prior art to provide suitable compression and expansion characteristics. It is adapted to slide over shaft 40 and is sandwiched between the bottom surface of collar 44 and the top surface of threads 60A or 60B. Thus, when button 42 is pushed and then released, spring 50 urges shaft 40 and collar 44 toward cap 30 until the top surface of collar 44 bears against lip 39 and consequently urges blade 48 and face 46 to retract within cutter 66 or cutter 68.

Referring now to FIGS. 3, 6, and 6A, coupling 60 comprising a hollow metal cylindrical body, a longitudinal axis with opposite first and second ends. Coupling 60 has several features formed along its longitudinal axis. At the first end is cutter 66 having a predetermined cross-sectional shape and diameter and a first cutting edge 66A which has a sharpened beveled edge, and at the second end, is cutter 68 having a predetermined cross-sectional shape and diameter and a second cutting edge 68A which has a sharpened beveled edge. Edges 66A and 68A are formed by turning or grinding a beveled surface near the exposed ends of cutters 66 and 68 respectively. These beveled edges are made on either the outer or the inner surface of cutters 66 and 68 as known in the prior art. Alternatively, edges 66A and 66B may entail a two-sided, beveled edge that is similar to a knife's cutting edge. Coupling 60 also comprising threads 60A and 60B located near its first and second ends respectively. In the preferred embodiment, the diameters of cutters 66 and 68 are of two different sizes. However, alternative embodiments may entail the same size diameters. Moreover, in the preferred embodiment the features on coupling 60 are formed from a solid piece of material using a lathe, drill, and grinder. However, alternative methods may include the manufacture and assembly of two or more components. For example, coupling 60 could be made from a single piece of composite material such as plastic, and cutters 66 and 68 could be made from two pieces of extruded tube steel. These three components would then be assembled using any method known in the prior art.

Referring now to FIGS. 8 to 10B, these figures illustrate alternative embodiments that can be substituted for instrument 25. FIGS. 8 to 10B illustrate elongated carrying tubes of predetermined cross-sectional shape and length that a user can carry and store articles related to smoking such as small cigars, tweezers, matches, cedar strips, piercing devices, and the like. FIG. 10B is a longitudinal section view of a carrying tube taken along lines 10B-10B of FIG. 10 and is representative of the longitudinal sectional views of FIGS. 8 and 9 (not shown). The attachment of these embodiments would be similar to how users attached instrument 25 to assembly 20 in the preferred embodiment.

Referring now to FIG. 11, this figure illustrates an alternative embodiment that can be substituted for combination 15. This embodiment comprising a writing instrument combined with a simplified cigar cutting device that may comprise one or more reversible cutting tubes, but have no center cutting blade or an integrated ejector mechanism.

Referring now to FIGS. 12 and 12A, these figures illustrate yet another alternative embodiment that can be substituted for instrument 25. While similar to FIGS. 8 to 10, this embodiment comprising an alternative end cap of predetermined cross-sectional shape and length enables a user to shorten the overall length of the cigar cutting device at times when the user doesn't want to carry a writing instrument. FIG. 12A is a longitudinal section view of the alternative end cap taken along lines 12A-12A of FIG. 12. The attachment of this embodiments would be similar to how users attached instrument 25 to assembly 20 in the preferred embodiment.

Referring now to FIGS. 13, 13A, 14, and 14A, these illustrations show alternative embodiments for blade 48 and tip 48A. While the preferred embodiment of blade 48 and tip 48A is rectangular and non-pointed respectively, other shapes, including those shown in FIGS. 13 to 14A are applicable. FIGS. 13 and 13A illustrate blade 48 with two beveled edges that would provide cutting action if assembly 20 was rotated both clockwise and counter-clockwise. FIGS. 14 and 14A illustrate blade 48 with four beveled edges that would provide cutting action if assembly 20 was rotated either clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Referring now to FIGS. 15A to 15C, these illustrations show alternate methods for attaching cap 30 to coupling 60 and attaching coupling 60 to instrument 25. FIG. 15A illustrates cap 30 with a bead formed in place of thread 30A. FIG. 15B illustrates coupling 60 with a recesses formed in place of threads 60A and 60B. FIG. 15C illustrates tube 26 with a bead formed in place of thread 26A. Thus, this system of beads and recesses would enable these components to snap together resulting in a secured and removable attachment.

From the description above, a number of advantages of my combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument become evident:

    • (a) The present invention combines cigar cutter assembly 20 with writing instrument 25. Moreover, pocket clip 36 secures this unique combination in a pocket, briefcase, clipboard, and the like. These unique features enable users to carry the cigar cutting device conveniently and stylishly, while providing a writing instrument at one's disposal. This convenience is beneficial to cigar smokers because they frequently smoke while being involved in business gatherings, social and networking events, golf and other sporting events, or contemplative activities such as reading, studying, and brainstorming. Thus, users will have a cigar cutting device available when they smoke cigars and have a writing instrument available to take notes, record ideas, collect contact information, record golf scores, and the like.
    • (b) Assembly 20 uniquely combines a plurality of cutting devices, i.e., cutter 66 or 68 with blade 48. Cutter 66 or 68 cuts the perimeter of a cylindrical hole and blade 48 cuts the bottom surface of the same hole. This simultaneous cutting action creates and removes a clean, cylindrical shaped plug that maximizes the ease and ability to draw smoke.
    • (c) Assembly 20 incorporates more than one tubular cutter of different diameters, i.e., cutters 66 and 68 that can be alternated between uses, thus extending the effective life of cutting edges 66A and 68A.
    • (d) Assembly 20 incorporates a plurality of tubular cutters of different diameters, i.e., cutters 66 and 68, which can accommodate cigars of different diameters, thereby minimizing potential damage from using an inappropriate sized cigar cutting device. Moreover, the necessity to carry or store more than one size cigar cutting device is eliminated.
    • (e) Assembly 20 can be easily cleaned by detaching cap 30 and withdrawing shaft 40. This ease of cleaning extends the longevity and effective operation of assembly 20.
    • (f) Assembly 20 incorporates shaft 40 that is formed from a single piece of material, thus minimizing the number of manufactured and assembled components. Moreover, this multifunctional shaft incorporates features that cuts the bottom surface of a hole (i.e., blade 48 and tip 48A), ejects cut tobacco from the cutters (i.e., button 42 and face 46), contains shaft 40 within cap 30 (i.e., collar 44), and biases shaft 40 against spring 50 (i.e., collar 44).
    • (g) Assembly 20 is adaptable to receive compatible, elongated carrying tubes for carrying small articles such as tweezers, piercing devices, and matches, etc. when a user does not want to carry a writing instrument (see FIGS. 8-10B).
    • (h) Assembly 20 is adaptable to receive a compatible, shortened end cap when a user does not want to carry a writing instrument or when a user prefers to carry a shortened device in a trouser pocket rather than in shirt pocket (see FIG. 12).
    • (i) Tube 26 is adaptable to receive other types of cigar cutting devices known in the prior art, including those having only one cutter or those not having a mechanism to eject tobacco (see FIG. 11).
    • (j) Assembly 20 entails only four major parts, thereby resulting in substantial manufacturing and assembly cost efficiencies.
    • (k) The combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument 15 is easy to use, easy to clean, stylish, convenient, simple to manufacture, and has substantial cost efficiencies.

OPERATION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS—FIGS. 1-3, 7, 7A-7B

Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2, the manner for using the combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument is similar to that of related devices known in the prior art. Combination 15 comprises opposite first and second ends. At the first end is assembly 20 and at the second end is instrument 25. In the preferred embodiment, instrument 25 is comprised of tube 26, cartridge 27, and mechanism 28. Mechanism 28's deployment of a writing tip can be by a common spring mechanism with a side-mounted deployment button (not shown) or by a common rotational deployment mechanism (not shown), both of which are well known in the prior art. The use and maintenance of instrument 25 such as writing, replacing ink cartridges, inserting lead, etc., is identical to the use and maintenance of writing instruments known in the prior art. Users can carry combination 15 in their shirt pocket, notebook, briefcase, and the like. In fact, by whatever method typical writing instruments are carried, used, and stored, combination 15 can be carried, used, and stored. This convenience is beneficial to cigar smokers because they frequently smoke while being involved in business gatherings, social and networking events, golf and other sporting events, or contemplative activities such as reading, brainstorming, and studying. Thus, cigar smokers can have a writing instrument available to take notes, record ideas, collect contact information, record golf scores, and the like.

Referring now to FIGS. 2 and 3, in order to use assembly 20 to cut a hole in the end of a cigar, the user must first disengage assembly 20 from instrument 25. This is accomplished by grasping each component in separate hands and then twisting them in opposite directions until disengaged (similar to taking a threaded cap off any pen). The user then selects the size cutter to use to cut a hole in the end of a cigar. If after separating assembly 20 from instrument 25, the exposed cutter is the preferred diameter (i.e., depending on which cutter was used last, either cutter 66 or cutter 68 will be exposed); the user can begin to cut the hole. However, if the exposed cutter is not the preferred one, the user must rotate coupling 60 end-over-ends to expose the cutter that is preferred. The user accomplishes this by performing the following steps: a) grasps cap 30 in one hand and coupling 60 in the other; b) twists cap 30 apart from coupling 60 (similar to taking a threaded cap off any pen); c) withdraws shaft 40 and spring 50 from coupling 60; d) rotates coupling 60 end-over-ends; e) places spring 50 over the non-preferred cutter; f) inserts shaft 40 through spring 50 and through coupling 60; g) places cap 30 over button 42; h) compresses cap 30 and coupling 60 together; and i) twists cap 30 onto coupling 60 until fully engaged.

Referring now to FIGS. 3 and 7, operating the present invention to create a cut opening 70A in the end of a cigar is described in the following paragraph. The user: a) grasps cigar 70 in one hand and assembly 20 in the other; b) aligns the longitudinal axis of blade 48 with the closed end and longitudinal axis of cigar 70; c) places the cutting edge of the preferred cutter (i.e., cutter 66 or cutter 68) against the tip of cigar 70; d) simultaneously rotates assembly 20 back and forth, while gently pushing the preferred cutter and blade 48 into cigar 70 until cigar 70 lightly contacts the top surface of thread 60A or 60B (depending on the preferred cutter used); and e) withdraws assembly 20 from the tip of cigar 70. Upon the twisting and plunging movement of the preferred cutter and blade 48, there is created a cut plug conforming to the cylindrical shape of the preferred cutter's cylindrical body. After removal of the plug by pulling assembly 20 away from the cigar, there results opening 70A in the cigar end, which facilitates passage of cigar smoke to the user's mouth.

Referring now to FIGS. 7A and 7B, to eject the cut tobacco from the inside of the preferred cutter the user must depress button 42. As FIG. 7A illustrates, depressing button 42 results in the following actions: shaft 40 extends forward by a distance about equal to the length of button 42; spring 50 is compressed; blade 48 and face 46 extend outward by a distance about equal to the length of button 42; and face 46 ejects the cut tobacco from the preferred cutter. Upon release of button 42, spring 50 expands. Spring 50 bears against the bottom surface of collar 44 and the top surface of thread 60A or 60B, urging button 42 back to its original position and retracting face 46 and blade 48 within the preferred cutter.

Referring again to FIG. 3, to clean assembly 20, the user performs the following steps: a) grasps cap 30 in one hand and coupling 60 in the other; b) twists cap 30 and coupling 60 in opposite directions until separated (similar to taking a threaded cap off any pen); c) withdraws shaft 40 and spring 50 from coupling 60; d) wipes down parts; e) rotates coupling 60 end-over-ends to expose the preferred cutter f) places spring 50 over the end of the non-preferred cutter; g) inserts shaft 40 through spring 50 and through coupling 60; h) places cap 30 over button 42; i) compresses cap 30 and coupling 60 together; and j) twists cap 30 and coupling 60 in opposite directions until engaged.

CONCLUSION, RAMIFICATION, AND SCOPE

Accordingly, the reader will see that this combination cigar cutting device and writing instrument delivers the following advantages:

    • (a) It maximizes the ability to draw smoke by cutting and removing a complete cylindrical plug of tobacco from the end of a cigar. Surprisingly, and quite unexpectedly, the present inventor has discovered that using round and pointed piercing devices as found in the prior art, do not cut the bottom surface of a hole. The present inventor has also discovered that the unique combination of simultaneously using a tubular cutter in conjunction with a non-round and non-pointed center cutter blade enables the cutting and removal of a clean and cylindrical plug of tobacco.
    • (b) It provides the convenience of a writing instrument when and wherever a user smokes a cigar, thus enabling the user to take notes, record ideas, collect contact information, record golf scores, and the like while participating in activities such as business and networking events, golf and sporting events, social gathering, reading, studying, and brainstorming.
    • (c) It incorporates a clip to secure the device to a pocket, briefcase, clipboard, and the like so that it can be carried conveniently and stylishly.
    • (d) It incorporates a plurality of tubular cutters of different diameters that can be alternated between uses, thus extending the effective life of the cutting edges.
    • (e) It incorporates a plurality of tubular cutters of different diameters that can accommodate cigars of different diameters, thereby minimizing potential damage from using an inappropriate sized cigar cutting device.
    • (f) It can be cleaned easily, thereby extending the device's longevity and effective operation.
    • (g) It is adaptable to receive compatible, elongated carrying tubes for carrying small cigars, tweezers, piercing devices, cedar strips, and matches, etc. when a user does not want to carry a writing instrument.
    • (h) It is adaptable to receive a compatible, shortened end cap that shortens the overall length of the device for when users do not want to carry a writing instrument or when users prefer to carry the device in a trouser pocket rather than a shirt pocket.
    • (i) It is easily adaptable to receive other types of cigar cutting and piercing devices including those devices that have only one cutter or those that have no mechanism to eject tobacco.
    • (j) It entails only four major parts, thereby resulting in substantial manufacturing and assembly cost efficiencies.

Although the description above contains much specificity, these should not be construed as limiting the scope of the invention but as merely providing illustrations of some of the presently preferred embodiments of this invention. For example, my present invention's overall structure can have other shapes including rectangular, oval, or triangular; it can be made from materials including brass, copper, bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, silver, gold, plastic, or hardened rubber; it can be manufactured using processes including mills, lathes, forges, plastic injection, or laser sculpturing; its writing instrument can entail a ball point pen, a mechanical pencil, a fountain pen, or a marker; its cutting edges can be serrated, beveled, notched, or honed; its center cutting device can have various cross-sectional shapes and sizes including rectangular, triangular, and trapezoidal; the end caps can be of different lengths and cross-sectional shapes; the attachment methods can be with threads, snap-on fittings, or pressure fittings; and the cigar cutting device can comprise of one or more replaceable or permanent cutting edges, no center cutting blade, and no integrated method to eject tobacco debris.

Therefore, the scope of the invention should be determined by the appended claims and their legal equivalents, rather than by the examples given.