Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS20070131323 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/581,711
Publication dateJun 14, 2007
Filing dateOct 16, 2006
Priority dateDec 13, 2005
Also published asUS8820368, US9486045, US20100109845, US20120111953, US20140367006
Publication number11581711, 581711, US 2007/0131323 A1, US 2007/131323 A1, US 20070131323 A1, US 20070131323A1, US 2007131323 A1, US 2007131323A1, US-A1-20070131323, US-A1-2007131323, US2007/0131323A1, US2007/131323A1, US20070131323 A1, US20070131323A1, US2007131323 A1, US2007131323A1
InventorsTheo Stewart-Stand
Original AssigneeTheo Stewart-Stand
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wallet composed of steel fabric
US 20070131323 A1
Abstract
A wallet comprises a back layer and at least one front layer stitched to the back layer around a part of a perimeter thereof to define at least one pocket in the wallet. At least one of the layers is composed of a stainless steel fabric and preferably all of the layers are composed of stainless steel fabric. The threads of which the woven stainless steel fabric is composed are preferably of an Inox alloy, especially Inox 316L stainless steel with a metric mesh number between 350 and 550 and composed of stainless steel threads with a thickness generally of 0.25 mm to 0.35 mm. More preferably, the mesh number is 440 and the thread thickness is 0.28.
Images(9)
Previous page
Next page
Claims(9)
1. A wallet comprising a back layer, and at least one front layer stitched to said back layer around part of a perimeter thereof to define at least one pocket in the wallet, at least one of said layers being composed of a stainless steel fabric.
2. The wallet defined in claim 1 wherein all of the layers are composed of stainless steel fabric.
3. The wallet defined in claim 2 wherein said stainless steel fabric is composed of an Inox alloy.
4. The wallet defined in claim 2 wherein said stainless steel fabric has a metric mesh number between 350 and 550 and is composed of woven stainless steel threads with a thickness of substantially 0.25 to 0.35 mm.
5. The wallet defined in claim 4 wherein said threads are composed of Inox 316L stainless steel.
6. The wallet defined in claim 5 wherein said mesh number is 440 and said thread thickness is 0.28 mm.
7. The wallet defined in claim 6 wherein a plurality of front layers of said stainless steel fabric are stitched to said back layer to form a plurality of pockets in the wallet.
8. The wallet defined in claim 7 having at least one fold.
9. The wallet defined in claim 8 wherein at least one of said layers is embossed with a pattern.
Description
    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
  • [0001]
    This application is related to copending provisional application 60/750,03 filed 13 Dec. 2005.
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    The present invention relates to a wallet made of stainless steel fabric.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0003]
    Wallets made of fabric and leather are, of course, known. The durability of the wallet has been recognized as a function of the material from which it is composed. While leather is widely used for this purpose, even after being folded a few times, the wallet shows signs of wear. Textile fabric wallets are even more prone to wear.
  • OBJECT OF THE INVENTION
  • [0004]
    It is the object of the invention to provide an improved wallet with greater durability then leather or textile fabric wallets and even wallets made from plastic sheet materials, with unique esthetic properties and lightweight material.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0005]
    The wallet of the invention comprises a back layer and at least one front layer stitched to the back layer around a part of a perimeter thereof to define at least one pocket in the wallet. At least one of the layers is composed of a stainless steel fabric and preferably all of the layers are composed of stainless steel fabric. The threads of which the woven stainless steel fabric is composed are preferably of an Inox alloy, especially Inox 316L stainless steel with a metric mesh number between 350 and 550 and composed of stainless steel threads with a thickness generally of 0.25 mm to 0.35 mm. More preferably, the mesh number is 440 and the thread thickness is 0.28. A plurality of front layers can be stitched to the back layer with cotton thread, thread of a synthetic resin, for example, polyester, but most preferably, stainless steel threads.
  • [0006]
    Such a wallet has proven extraordinarily durable, and is even considered very attractive with a so-called high-tech look.
  • [0007]
    Another enormous surprising advantage of such a wallet is that is provides radio-frequency shielding for the wallet contents. This is extremely handy when a user is carrying a so-called smart card of the type capable of actually emitting a radio-frequency signal when appropriately queried, or a so-called RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag. Such cards are increasing used, for instance they can be set up so that, as a bearer approaches his/her vehicle, the vehicle, which periodically emits an r-f query, can determine that the bearer is nearby and unlock the doors and even, in some cases, turn the vehicle's lights on and start the engine. An RFID tag can also allow its bearer to be tracked. All such devices, when put in the wallet according to the invention, are effectively shielded and rendered temporarily ineffective.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING
  • [0008]
    The above and other objects, features, and advantages will become more readily apparent from the following description, reference being made to the accompanying drawing in which:
  • [0009]
    FIG. 1 is a front view of a wallet according to the invention;
  • [0010]
    FIG. 2 is a view of the folded wallet;
  • [0011]
    FIG. 3 is a view similar to FIG. 1 of another embodiment;
  • [0012]
    FIG. 4 is a view of the wallet of FIG. 3 in a closed position;
  • [0013]
    FIG. 5 is an open front view of still another wallet;
  • [0014]
    FIG. 6 is a view of the latter wallet in a closed position;
  • [0015]
    FIG. 7 is a front view of a fourth embodiment;
  • [0016]
    FIG. 8 is a front view of still another embodiment.
  • SPECIFIC DESCRIPTION
  • [0017]
    The wallet of FIG. 1 comprises a rectangular back layer 10 which can be provided with a fold at 11 and to which front layers 12, 13, 14 and 15 can be attached on each side to form a number of pockets, openings into which are represented at 16, 17 and 18. The edges may be turned inwardly at 19 and stitching is shown at 20. The stitching can be of stainless steel, cotton or synthetic resin, e.g. polyester threads.
  • [0018]
    The fabric is preferably an Inox 316L stainless steel fabric with a mesh number 440 in terms of the French inch (27.77 mm) with a thread diameter of 0.28 mm, an interthread spacing of 0.0351 mm, a number of mesh openings per cm2 of 24,964, an open area of 30.75% and a weight in kg/m2 of 0.166. The fabric can be embossed with patterns generally in the same manner that leather is embossed and can have, for example, an alligator skin texture, a company logo or any other pattern embossed in the outer layer or on the inner layers.
  • [0019]
    In FIGS. 3 and 4, I show a folding wallet 21 in which the backing layer 22 is provided with three front layers 23, 24, 25 forming two pockets 26 and 27. The wallet of FIGS. 5 and 6 is a folding wallet with inclined pockets at 31 and 32 and straight pockets at 33, etc, formed by the stainless steel front panels 34 and the back panel 35. The wallet 30 has a fold at 36 and in spite of the superimposed layers of the stainless steel fabric, is very flat, even when folded. Different pocket patterns are shown in the embodiments of FIGS. 7 and 8.
  • [0020]
    I have also found that the stainless steel fabric can be formed into other articles besides wallets. These include sheaths, compass holders, walkie talkie holders, pillow and cushion cases, wine bags, pencil cases, messenger bags, handbags, cosmetic bags, lipstick cases, clutches, purses, toiletry bags, diaper bags, travel bags, eyeglass cases, portfolio cases, file cases, computer bags, change purses, camera cases, MP3 player cases and cases for IPOD's, PDA devices, cell phones and the like. The fabric may be used also in the formation of book marks, shoe bags, key cases or chains, for pocket agendas, cigar cases and cigarette cases, folio covers and envelopes and picture frames, belts, pet collars, leashes, lamp shades and napkin rings.
  • [0021]
    While specific wallet designs have been described, other wallet forms may be used in general include bifold, trifold, billfold, breast pocket wallets, vertical wallets, business card cases, credit card cases, passport cases, zip around cases, money clips, checkbook covers and money clip covers.
  • [0022]
    For the wallets described specifically and these additional items, practically in all cases, a logo, pattern, design or the like will be impressed on at least the outer surface of the article and leather or alligator skin patterns may be similarly applied. All of these are deemed to be included within the scope of the invention.
Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US726166 *Jul 26, 1902Apr 21, 1903Annie IronsPurse or the like.
US876128 *Mar 8, 1907Jan 7, 1908John AnthonyHand bag or purse.
US1050216 *Jun 12, 1906Jan 14, 1913Charles HollRing fabric.
US4760920 *Nov 6, 1986Aug 2, 1988Victoria ThomsenEarring purse
US6612350 *Jul 3, 2002Sep 2, 2003Edel Maria BrynjulfsenCarrying case having a bendable rigid skeleton
US20030094389 *Nov 21, 2001May 22, 2003Eos Sports International Inc.Golf bag security system and methods
US20050263226 *May 28, 2004Dec 1, 2005Smithers Shirley MPurse liner, organizer and essential item transfer pouch
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7601921 *Jul 21, 2008Oct 13, 2009Amber SchroaderEMI shielding containers
US8033473 *Apr 20, 2007Oct 11, 2011Visa U.S.A. Inc.Packaging for a portable consumer device
US8550740 *Jul 23, 2008Oct 8, 2013Zf Friedrichshafen AgPivot arrangement
US20080257966 *Apr 20, 2007Oct 23, 2008Chris BrittPackaging for a portable consumer device
US20080277156 *Jul 21, 2008Nov 13, 2008Amber SchroaderEmi shielding containers
US20090028632 *Jul 23, 2008Jan 29, 2009Zf FriedrichshafenJoint and/or Bearing Arrangement
US20090199940 *Mar 26, 2009Aug 13, 2009Toner Machining Technologies, Inc.Combination Wallet Tool
US20090199941 *Feb 13, 2008Aug 13, 2009Toner Machining Technologies, Inc.Combination Wallet Tool
US20100230018 *Mar 15, 2010Sep 16, 2010Nielsen Cynthia ATheft deterrent anti-scanning device
US20140311636 *Apr 23, 2013Oct 23, 2014Marie S. JordanRadio Frequency Identification Protective Wallet
US20150027831 *Jul 23, 2013Jan 29, 2015Tina CaseSecurity lining
CN104203033A *Jan 31, 2013Dec 10, 2014途明股份有限公司Rfid-shielded articles and methods thereof
Classifications
U.S. Classification150/131
International ClassificationA45C11/18, A45C1/06
Cooperative ClassificationA45C13/00, A45C2001/065, A45C1/06, A45C2011/186
European ClassificationA45C1/06
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Aug 29, 2008ASAssignment
Owner name: CONFIDENCE MANAGEMENT LTD., CANADA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:FWS CONSTRUCTION LTD.;REEL/FRAME:021463/0283
Effective date: 20080825