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The safety pin is a variant of the regular pin that includes a simple spring mechanism and a clasp. The clasp serves two purposes: to form a closed loop, thus correctly fastening the pin to where ever it is attached, and to cover the end of the pin to protect the wearer from a sharp point.

Safety pins are commonly used to hold together pieces of fabric or clothing. Safety pins, or more commonly a special version with an additional safety cover called a nappy pin or loincloth pin, are widely used to attach cloth diapers or modern safety pins such as a safety clasp, while maintaining the risk of swallowing, protects a baby girl or boy from being jabbed or pricked. In the same way, they can be used to fix torn or damaged clothing. Safety pins can also be used as an accessory in jewelry, such as earrings, chains, and bracelets, and sometimes used to attach an embroidered patch. Size 3 is often used for quilting and may be referred to as a “quilting pin” when purchased. Size 4 and above can be called “blanket pins” and can be considered an acceptable kilt pin for a casual dress, depending on design and appearance.

American mechanic Walter Hunt is considered the inventor of safety pins similar to those used today. The safety pin included a clasp that covered the tip and prevented it from opening and a circular twist in the bend that acted like a spring and held it in place. Charles Rowley (Birmingham, England) independently patented a similar safety pin in October 1849, although the company no longer produced them.

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Hunt came up with an invention to pay a friend 15 dollars in debt. He used a piece of brass wire about 8 inches long and made a spool in the center of the wire to open up when released. The clasp at one end is designed to protect the sharp edge from the wearer.

After the grant of US patent No. 6,281 on April 10, 1849, Hunt sold the patent to W. R. Grace and Company for $400 (approximately $12,000 in 2019). Then, using that money, Hunt paid $15, which he owed a friend, and kept the remaining $ 385 for himself. Hunt didn’t realize that in the years that followed, W.R. Grace and the company would receive millions of dollars in profits from their invention.

During the emergence of punk rock in the late 70s, safety pins became associated with the genre, its followers, and fashion. Some argue that the appearance was originally made by Richard Hell, whom British punks have seen in photographs and whose style they have adopted.

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