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By From page B2 | April 10, 2013

Escabar_MimiWalter Hunt patented the modern safety pin on April 10 in 1849. The Mycenaeans had a safety pin of sorts in the 14th century BCE called fibulae but Hunt’s was a lot better. The driving force behind the safety pin came while Hunt was twisting a piece of wire, trying to think of a way to help pay off a $15 debt. His pin was made from one piece of wire, which was coiled into a spring at one end and a separate clasp and point at the other end so the wire would be forced by the spring into the clasp. It was the first pin to have a clasp and spring action keeping fingers safe from injury — a safety pin. He sold his patent rights to the safety pin for $400 to his debtor. Hunt also invented a bunch of other things like: a forerunner of the Winchester repeating rifle, a successful flax spinner, knife sharpener, streetcar bell, hard-coal-burning stove, artificial stone, road sweeping machinery, velocipedes, ice ploughs and mail making machinery.

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