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They Invented What? (No. 205)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on June 15, 2011

U.S. Pat. No. 5,505,002: Versatile necktie tying aid gauge.

I claim:

1. A tie tying device for aiding a user in knotting a tie so that one end hangs to a desired length and has a knot having a predetermined length, comprising: a gauge comprising an elongated member having front and rear surfaces and top and bottom opposite ends, said elongated member containing an indicium thereon, the distance between said indicium and another predetermined part of said elongated member having a predetermined value equal to the length of tie material required to tie said knot.

2. The device of claim 1 wherein said knot is selected from the class consisting of four-in-hand, half-Windsor, and Windsor knots and said distance between said indicium and said predetermined part is equal to the length of said knot.

3. The device of claim 1 wherein said indicium is said top end of said elongated member.

4. The device of claim 1 wherein said indicium is a line upon said front surface of said elongated member.

5. The device of claim 1 wherein said predetermined part is said bottom end of said elongated member.

6. The device of claim 1 wherein said predetermined part is said top end of said elongated member.

7. The device of claim 1 wherein said predetermined part is a line.

8. The device of claim 1 wherein said predetermined part and said indicium are lines.

9. The device of claim 1, further including a second indicium, each of said indicia being labeled for a different kind of knot.

10. The device of claim 1, further including a second indicium, each of said indicia being labeled for a different thickness of tie material.

11. The device of claim 1, further including a second indicium, each of said indicia being labeled for a different tightness knot.

12. A method for tying a necktie, comprising: providing an elongated gauge having a first end and a second, opposite end and first and second indicia thereon, said indicia having a predetermined spacing there between, draping a necktie around a wearer’s neck such that a wide end of said tie is on one side of said wearer’s neck and a narrow end of said tie is on another side of said wearer’s neck, pinching said wide end of said tie at a location on said tie such that, when said wearer locates said initial pinch point adjacent a wearer’s collar button, said wide end of said tie is adjacent a wearer’s desired end point for said wide end of said tie after said tie has been tied, while maintaining said initial pinch point, sliding said wide end of said tie down said wearer’s body until said initial pinch point is just above a beltline of said wearer, grasping said gauge, and placing said gauge lengthwise on top of said tie and against said wearer’s body such that said first indicium of said gauge is adjacent said initial pinch point, with said hand that is currently maintaining said initial pinch point, creating a final pinch point on said tie next to said second indicium on said gauge, removing said gauge from said tie, crossing said wide end of said tie over said narrow end of said tie such that said final pinch point on said wide end of said tie is directly on top of said narrow end of said tie, and tying a knot and slipping said knot to a neckline.

13. The method of claim 12 wherein said predetermined distance between said first and second indicia of said gauge is equal to the length of a predetermined knot.

14. The method of claim 13 wherein said knot is a four-in-hand knot.

15. The method of claim 13 wherein said knot is a half-Windsor knot.

16. The method of claim 13 wherein said knot is a Windsor knot.

17. A method for tying a necktie, comprising: providing an elongated gauge having a first end and a second, opposite end and first, second, third, and fourth indicia thereon, said first and second indicia having a predetermined spacing there between and said third and fourth indicia having a predetermined spacing there between, draping a necktie around a wearer’s neck such that a wide end of said tie is on one side of said wearer’s neck and a narrow end of said tie is on another side of said wearer’s neck, pinching said wide end of said tie at a location on said tie such that, when said wearer locates said initial pinch point adjacent a wearer’s collar button, said wide end of said tie is adjacent a wearer’s desired end point for said wide end of said tie after said tie has been tied, while maintaining said initial pinch point, sliding said wide end of said tie down said wearer’s body until said initial pinch point is just above a beltline of said wearer, grasping said gauge, and placing said gauge lengthwise on top of said tie and against said wearer’s body such that said first indicium of said gauge is adjacent said initial pinch point, with said hand that is currently maintaining said initial pinch point, creating an intermediate pinch point on said tie next to said second indicium on said gauge, placing said gauge lengthwise on top of said tie and against said wearer’s body such that said third indicium of said gauge is adjacent said intermediate pinch point, with said hand that is currently maintaining said intermediate pinch point, creating a final pinch point on said tie adjacent said fourth indicia on said gauge, removing said gauge from said tie, crossing said wide end of said tie over said narrow end of said tie such that said final pinch point on said wide end of said tie is directly on top of said narrow end of said tie, and tying a knot and slipping said knot to a neckline.

18. The method of claim 17 wherein said predetermined distance between said first and second indicia of said gauge added to said predetermined distance between said third and fourth indicia of said gauge has a predetermined length corresponding to a predetermined knot.

19. The method of claim 18 wherein said knot is a four-in-hand knot.

20. The method of claim 18 wherein said knot is a half-Windsor knot.

21. The method of claim 18 wherein said knot is a Windsor knot.

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