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INVENTOR. flen bm/n Hal/a n dew ATTORNEV B. HOLLANDER SLICER FOR VEGETABLES OR THE LIKE Filed March 25, 1948 June 5, 195] Patented June 5, 1951 UNITED STATES FTEN'E FFICE 1 Claim.
The present invention relates to a slicer for vegetables, or the like, of the type used by manually moving the object to be sliced against the slicer.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a slicer of the character described in which the slicing is accomplished by reciprocation of a manually grasped article against a cutter.
It is also an object of the present invention to provide a slicing device of the character described whereby slicing may be accomplished on each stroke of a reciprocating movement, thereby effecting substantial economy in the time and labor consumed by the slicing operation.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a slicer of the character described having a cutter which may be adjusted to provide slices of various thicknesses and wherein the slice adjustment may be simply, quickly and easily accomplished,
It is a further object of the present invention to provide a slicer of the character described having a cutter which may be quickly and easily removed and replaced for drying, cleaning or sharpening, whereby device may be readily kept in sanitary condition and is rendered more durable and effective for its work.
It is a still further object of the present invention to provide a slicer of the character described which is of simple and durable construction; which is economical to produce; which may be comfortably and conveniently used; which is highly effective for its purposes; and which does not require any skill or training for its operation.
The foregoing and other advantages and superiorities of the slicer of the present invention will become more readily apparent to those skilled in the art from the preferred embodiment thereof shown in the accompanying drawings and from the description following. It is to be understood, however, that such embodiment is shown by way of illustration only, to make the principles and practice of the invention more readily comprehensible, and without any intent of limiting the invention to the specific details therein shown.
In the drawings:
Fig. 1 is a front elevation of a preferred embodiment of a slicer of the present invention;
Fig. 2 is a rear elevation thereof;
Fig. 3 is a section taken on line 3-3 of Fig. l; and
Fig. 4 is a section taken on line 4-4 of Fig. 1, and
Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the cutter of the Slicer, as seen from the rear.
Referring more specifically to the embodiment of the slicer of the present invention shown in the drawings, such slicer comprises a base plate It having a smooth surface and, preferably, of rectangular shape with a length or height greater than the Width thereof. The plate 10 may preferably be formed with a rear'wardly extending flange H for stiffening or reinforcing the plate and for greater convenience in use.
The plate It is provided at approximately its center, with an elongated slot or cutter opening l3 arranged, preferably at an acute angle to the side of the plate It. The slot l3 may have straight side edges I4 and, if desired, curved end edges [5, at each of which there is formed. an outwardly pressed groove [2 in the plate III to form a half socket.
The cutter, generally designated as [6, may comprise a U-shaped member I! of lesser width and length than the slot 1 3, with an arcuate base portion I 8, in which is formed the slot l9, the sides of which are sharpened to form the facing knife edges 20.
The ends of the cutter are provided with pins 2!, integrally formed therewith and adapted to be journalled in the half sockets 12 when the cutter it is arranged with its base l8 slightly projecting through the slot l3. Tabs 22 may be pivoted. on the back of the plate ID above the grooves I2 as at 23, in position to be moved over the pins 2| resting in the grooves I 2 to retain the cutter it in position. Each of the tabs 22 may have a pressed out projection 25 at its free end, by which it may look into a recess 26 in the plate Ill when in cutter locking position.
It will be apparent that when so positioned, the cutter may be rocked from side to side, to have one or the other of the knife edges 2%] project to a greater degree above the surface of the plate Iii to cut a thicker or thinner slice, as the case may be, from a vegetable or the like, reciprocated across the face of the plate it. In order to regulate the degree of rocking or tilting of the cutter I6 within the slot i3 so as to regulate, in a positive way, the thickness of the slice produced, the sides of the cutter it may be provided on their edges, at one end thereof, with facing cam extensions 26 having the divergent cam edges 28 forming a V-shaped recess between them.
Pivotally mounted on the inner face of the plate It, as at the point 23, preferably above the slot 13, is a lever arm 29, the upper end of which projects through the slot 38 formed in the: flange H to provide a handle 3|. The lower end of the lever is provided with a cam follower 33, which extends into the space between the cam edges 28, and is adapted to be shifted in position in said space, by movement of the handle 3 I, to permit greater or lesser tilting of the cutter I6 depending, respectively, on whether such cam follower is moved into the wider or narrower portion of such space.
It will be apparent that once the cutter is set for any specific degree of tilting, limiting the amount or distance its knife edges [8 will alternatel'y rise above the face of the plate Ill, then, on each stroke of a reciprocating movement of a vegetable across the face, it will first depress the adjacent edge of the knife, simultaneously raising the opposed knife edge to the limited extent permitted by the adjustment, thereby regulating the thickness of the slice cut on that stroke. The same result will be obtained on the return stroke.
This completes the description of one embodiment of the slicer of the present invention and of the principles of its operation. It will be readily apparent that many variations and modifications thereof may be made by anyone skilled in the art, in accordance with the principles hereinabove set forth, without the use of any inventive ingenuity. I desire, therefore, to be protected for any and all such variations and modifications that may be made within the spirit of the present invention and the scope of the claim hereto appended.
What I claim is:
A slicer for vegetables or the like, comprising a plate having a smooth surface and rearwardly offset flanges, said plate having an elongated slot formed therein, a substantially U-shaped cutting member having an arcuate connecting wall and a slot formed in the said connecting wall the sides of the said cutter slot having knife edges, outwardly pressed grooves on the inner face'of the said plate at each end of the said plate slot, 2. pin at the ends of said cutter adapted to rest within the said grooves, tabs pivotally supported on the inner face of said plate and adapted to be moved over the said grooves to retain the said pins therewithin, converging cam edges on the side walls of the said cutter, a lever arm having a portion extending above said plate pivotally mounted on the inner face of the'said plate, and a cam follower on the inner end of said lever arm disposed in the space between said converging cam edges for movement therewith.
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