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Publication numberUS2505114 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 25, 1950
Filing dateMay 20, 1947
Priority dateMay 20, 1947
Publication numberUS 2505114 A, US 2505114A, US-A-2505114, US2505114 A, US2505114A
InventorsGalen Clarence W, Max Hayman
Original AssigneeGustave Heyman, Max Hayman
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Shredder type culinary article
US 2505114 A
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April 25, 1950 M. HAYMAN ET AL SHREDDER TYPE CULINARY ARTICLE Filed May 20, 1947 2 Sheets-Sheet 1.

3 Fl I-:3 INVENTORS Max Hai man k BY C-W. G 0- en ATTORNEY April 25, 1950 Filed May 20, 1947 M. HAYMAN ET AL 2,505,114

SHREDDER TYPE CULINARY ARTICLE 2 sheets-sheave UUUUUU'U INVENTORS Max Hagman k BY CW 6 alen QGM ATTORNEY Patented Apr. 25, 1950 SHREDDEB TYRE CULINARY ARTICLE .Max Hayrnan and Clarence W. Galen, Battle Creek, Mich, assignors to Gustave 'Heyman and Max Hayman, Mich.

Ap lication May .0-,

"Claims.

The present invention. relates broadly to a culinary article, and in its pecific phases to .a colander type shredder.

' Slicing or shreddingfoods such as cabbage, po-

jo'in-tly, both .of Battle Greek,

1947, Serial No. 749,302

tatoes, carrots, onions, cheese, et .cetera, is a very common procedure carried. on .by both housewives and commercial cooks. To do this work several different types of manually operated shredders have been proposed with the bulk of them inherently subject to the danger of cutting the users fingers which hold the item being shreddedand particularly so when that item becomes reduced in size. In certain. instances special equipment: has been developed to avoid this condition, for example, mechanical devices for holding a potato while slicing it. to produce potato chips. The problem has been so difficult of solution that machine shredded kraut, coconut, cheese, fresh vegetables, .et .cetera, are regular 1y purchasable on the open market. :One of the manually operated shredders which have been proposed, and which is particularly subject to cutting the operators fingers, is of .bOWl shape with a pair of cutting blade panels mounted on opposite sides of the bowl. In usi g that. assembly the bowl is placed upright to catch the slices or shreds produced while the operator passes the item to be out up and down one of the cutting blade panels. on the under side of the bowl whe the position of the hand relative-to the knives cannot. be watched.v It was a recognition of the problem involved, its inherent difficulties. and the shortcomings .ofthe prior art, which led. to. the conception and development of the present invention.

Accordingly among the objects. of the present invention is the provision of a shredder ..assem bly which is shaped like a colander with a large open top, has inwardly tapering sides, and la relatively small base with rounded *teet, said shredder having outwardly projecting cutters with their cutting edges up when the open end of the assembly is down.

Another object is to provide a shredder assembly having perforations in its sides andbottom in addition to side cutters, all. of. which act as drainage openings when same is mounted op n s de up and used as. a. colander.

Another obje t is toprovidea shredder assent ly w a pl rality of relativ ly flat panels, each panel having a different size outwardl rojecting cutter-or cutters adapted .for use with the. assent: bly mounted on. a suitable surface. with itslarge open end down, a thing whichaids in stabilizeing the assembly as well as keeping the cutting operation under direct observation.

Another object is to provide a shredder assembly which has safety guides along side of each of the cutter panels as an aid to protecting the users fingers from injury on the cutting edges.

A further object is to provide a shredder assemblywh-ich in some constructions will have the cutting or shredding portions made in the form of separate panels which may be either removable or permanently mounted in place on the body of the shredder assembly.

A further object is to provide a shredder assembly which may be completely made as a stamping, or may have separate cutting or shredding panels either fastenable to a stamping or to a die casting of suitable metal or plastic.

A further object is to provide a combination shredder and colander which is simple in construction and easy to use in safe manner.

Still further objects and advantages of the present invention will appear as the description proceeds.

To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related ends, the invention, then, consists of the means hereinafter ,fully described and particularly pointed out in the claims, the annexed draw ings and the following description setting forth I in detail certain means .for carryin out the invention, such disclosed means illustrat g however, but several of various ways in wh ch the principle of the invention may be used.

.In the annexed drawings:

Figure 1 shows a perspective View of a pre ferred .form of the shredder of the present invention with same in normal shreddin position.

Figure .2 shows a view of the inside of the shred der assembly as seen from the bottom of Figure 1.

Figure 3 shows a fragmentary modified construction where separately formed panels carry-.- ing. the cutting blades of the shredder are mountable on the shredder body in conventional man- 1181'.

Referring more particularly to Figure l of the drawing, it will be noted that the present invention involves a tapered side body member I which preferably has a flange .2 at its to or open end, and roi-inded feet .3 at its bottom or lowe end. In. order to make the apparatus easier to handle,

same be provided with handles 4 and 5.

Body member I is provided with four substantialiyfiat shredder panels 6, T, .8, and 9 Shredder .5 as single anguiarly mounted out: tins blade. it, which is particularly ad pted tor; the shredding of. cabbageor the. slicing of. penpers, potatoes, or the like. Shredder panels I, 8, and 9, on the other hand, have small, medium, and large individual cutters H in staggered row multiple groups suitable for narrow strip shredding or cutting of onions, carrots, cheese, coconut, or the like. The cutting edges l2 of these cutters are formed so that with the shredder assembly mounted open top down as shown in Figure 1, the cutting edges will be up and outwardly directed to facilitate shredding by downward passage of the item to be shredded, over the cutters l I, while under clear observation. The open top of the shredder assembly forms a large base for the shredder under conditions of use, thus stabilizing it against dangerous slipping accidents, and at the same time, the bottom or foot portion presents smoothly rounded surfaces which allow the operator to place one hand on same and thus hold the shredder substantially against movement under conditions of use.

Recognizing that injury to the user of a shredder is a common occurrence, the present shredder is provided with outwardly projecting safety guides i3 on opposite sides of each of the shredder panels. These raised safety guides are such that the user may conventionally hold in her fingers the article to be shredded, and yet keep her fingers steady and away from the cutting edges by sliding the heel, or even the edge, of her hand up and down one of these safety guides regardless of whether she is right handed or left handed. At the same time, this permits close observation of the shredding procedure at all times, and facilitates safe operation.

In preferred construction, the flare of the sides of the shredder body member together with cutters H and safety guides I3 is such that same may be formed as a stamping with the inner or male die freely removable therefrom. The final shredder assembly may be produced in various ways, of which perhaps one of the more convenient would be to first form a plain blank following which the shredder panels and safety guides could be formed, and perhaps lastly, the perforations could be made in the bottom of the shredder and substantially from safety guide rib to safety guide rib between panels. Where handles are used, same would be normally riveted or welded in place as one of the final operations. The cutting edges E2 of the shredders would also be sharpened in conventional manner and if desired, the whole assembly would be plated for appearance and rust resistance.

Instead of having the cutters II made as an integral part of the shredder body member, same may be made as part of separate panels. [4, Figure 3, adapted to be mounted over openings [5 in body member 5. These panels may be made removable such as with interlocking members Hi and screws H, or if desired these panels may be welded or riveted into place, or die cast in place as inserts where the body member I of the colander is made of either die cast metal or plastic, and it is intended that the showing in Figure 3 be considered as diagrammatically illustrating all of these various constructions.

, While the present invention is primarily a shredder, it will be noted that by inverting same so that the open end is up, it becomes a colander wherein the perforations as well as the colander cutters form drainage openings thus meeting standard colander requirements.

Other modes of applying the principle of our invention may be employed instead of those ex plained, change being made as regards the article and combinations disclosed, provided the 4 means stated by any of the following claims or the equivalent of such stated means be employed.

We therefore particularly point out and distinctly claim as our invention:

1. A culinary device of the character described, which comprises a tapered body member with an open upper end and a fiat closed lower end, and at least one cutter panel on the side of said body member, said cutter panel having outwardly projecting cutter means, said cutter means having the cutting edge thereof directed away from the open end of the body member, said lower end having an unobstructed bottom surface adapted as a hand rest when said body is inverted.

2. A culinary device of the character described, which comprises a tapered body member with an open upper end and a fiat closed lower end, substantially flat cutter panels on the side of said body member, said. cutter panels having at least one outwardly projecting cutter means, said cutter means having the cutting edge thereof directed away from said open endof the body member, said lower end having an unobstructed bottom surface adapted as a hand rest when said body is inverted, and guard ribs projecting outwardly from said panels at least as far as said cutter means and extending alongside said means.

3. A combination shredder and colander apparatus, which comprises a perforated bowl shaped member having an open top and a fiat closed bottom adapted for a hand rest when said member is inverted, at least one generally flat separate cutter panel, said body member having a suitable opening for said cutter panel, and means for fastening said cutter panel on said body member over said opening, said cutter panel having at least one outwardly projecting cutter means, said cutter means having the cutting edge thereof directed away from the open end of said body member when said cutter panel is fastened thereon, and guard ribs embossed outwardly from said body alongside said opening and projecting outwardly at least as far as said cutter means.

4. A combination shredder and colander apparatus, which comprises a perforated bowl shaped body member having an open top and a flat closed bottom adapted for a hand rest when said member is inverted, at least one separate cutter panel, said body member having a suitable opening for said cutter panel, means for fastening said cutter panel on said body member over said opening, said cutter panel having at least one outwardly projecting cutter means, said cutter means having the cutting edge thereof directed away from the open end of said body member when said cutter panel is fastened thereon, and outward projecting safety guide means along side of said cutter panel and extending in a direction from the top of said bowl shaped body toward the bottom thereof.

5. A combination shredder and colander apparatus, which comprises a perforated bowl shaped body member with a relatively large open top and a closed bottom adapted on its underside as a hand rest when said member is inverted and having foot members projecting downwardly from the bottom thereof, a plurality of cutter panels on the side portion of said body member, each of said cutter panels having outwardly projecting cutter means, said cutter means having the cutting edge thereof directed away from the open top of the body member, and outwardly-projecting safety guide ribs at theopposite side edges of at least one of said cutter panels and extending in a direction from the top of said bowl shaped body toward the bottom thereof while projecting outward further than said cutters.

6. A combined shredder and colander comprising a single piece integral bowl-shaped body of sheet material, said body having four plane side panels disposed in downwardly converging relation and joined at their bottom by a fiat perforate bottom panel approximating the size of the palm of a hand, said bottom having rounded foot elements pressed downwardly therefrom, rounded perforate corner panels joining the side edges of said side panels and extending to the tops thereof to form a continuous planar rim on said body, at least one of said side panels having shredding teeth stamped outwardly therefrom with the cutting edges of the teeth facing downwardly, and outwardly projecting smoothly rounded guard ribs pressed from said side panels and extending along each side of the teeth therein, said ribs projecting from said panels at least as far as the teeth project from the panel and terminating at their lower ends in tapered converging relation to the panels.

'7. A combined shredder and colander comprising a single piece integral bowl-shaped body of sheet material, said body having a plurality of generally flat side panels disposed in downwardly converging relation and joined at their bottom by a perforate bottom panel approximating the size of the palm of a hand, said bottom having rounded foot elements pressed downwardly therefrom, rounded corner panels joining the side edges of said side panels and extending to the tops thereof to form a continuous planar rim on said body, said side panels having shredding teeth stamped outwardly therefrom with the cutting edges of the teeth facing downwardly, and outwardly projecting smoothly rounded guard ribs pressed from said side panels and extending along each side of the teeth therein, said ribs projecting from said panels at least as far as the teeth project from the panel and terminating at their lower ends in tapered converging relation to the panels.

8. A combined shredder and colander comprising an integral bowl-shaped body, said body having a plurality of generally flat side panels disposed in downwardly converging relation and joined at their bottom by a bottom panel having an unobstructed lower surface adapted as a hand rest when said body is inverted, said bottom having rounded foot elements pressed downwardly therefrom, rounded perforate corner panels joining the side edges of said side panels in approximately tangential fashion and extending to the tops thereof to form a continuous planar rim on said body, said side panels having shredding teeth projecting outwardly therefrom with the cutting edges of the teeth facing downwardly, and outwardly projecting smoothly rounded guard ribs projecting from said side panels and extending along each side of the teeth therein, said ribs projecting from said panels at least as far as the teeth project from the panel.

9. A combined shredder and colander comprising an integral bowl-shaped body, said body having a plurality of generally fiat side panels disposed in downwardly converging relation and joined at their bottom by a bottom panel having an unobstructed lower surface adapted as a hand rest when said body is inverted, rounded corner panels joining the side edges of said side panels and extending to the tops thereof to form a continuous planar rim on said body, said side panels having shredding teeth projecting outwardly therefrom, and outwardly projecting smoothly rounded guard ribs projecting from said side panels and extending along each side of the teeth therein, said ribs projecting from said panels at least as far as the teeth project from the panel.

10. A combined shredder and colander comprising an integral bowl-shaped body, said body having a plurality of generally fiat side panels disposed in downwardly converging relation and joined at their bottom by a bottom panel having an unobstructed lower surface adapted as a hand rest when said body is inverted, rounded corner panels joining the side edges of said side panels, said side panels having shredding teeth projecting outwardly therefrom, and outwardly projecting smoothly rounded guard ribs projecting from said panels at least as far as the teeth project from the panel.

MAX HAYMAN. CLARENCE W. GALEN.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

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Classifications
U.S. Classification241/37.5, 210/497.3, 241/95, 241/101.1, 99/449, 210/470, 241/273.2, D07/678
International ClassificationA47J43/25, A47J43/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47J43/25
European ClassificationA47J43/25