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Publication numberUS2896290 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 28, 1959
Filing dateSep 27, 1957
Priority dateSep 27, 1957
Publication numberUS 2896290 A, US 2896290A, US-A-2896290, US2896290 A, US2896290A
InventorsArthur Salm, Johnson Clifford V
Original AssigneeSalm Inc Arthur
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Pocket implement with retainer for apertured articles
US 2896290 A
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July 28, 1959 A. SALM ET AL POCKET IMPLEMENT WITH RETAINER FOR APERTURED ARTICLES Filed Sept. 2'7, 1957 INVENTORS. @h 8? azmi/ z gww' w-W. @gs.

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United States Patent POCKET IMPLEMENT WITH RETAINER FOR APERTURED ARTICLES Arthur Salm and Clilford V. Johnson, Chicago, 11]., assignors to Arthur Salm 'Inc., Chicago, 111., a corporation of Illinois Application September 27, 1957, Serial No. 686,667

4 Claims. (Cl. 24-239) This invention relates to an improved combination pocket implement and more particularly to a pocket implement including pivotally mounted blades and ring or loop means for keys or the like.

Various types of pocket knives, folding pocket files and scissors, corkscrews and the like are well known in the prior art. Also various types of clips, cases, rings and chains for supporting keys and the like are very well known. The instant invention provides unique cooperation between pivotally mounted blade implements and a key holder whereby the cooperation permits the use of a minimum number of parts in an eflicient and economical manner.

It is thus one important object of this invention to provide an improved combination pocket implement.

It is another object of the invention to provide an improved pocket implement including a plurality of integrated cooperative tools.

It is a still further object olfthis invention to provide an improved pocket implement wherein a plurality of pivotally mounted blades cooperate with a 'loop for keys or the like in a unique manner.

It is a further object of this invention to provide an improved combined pocket implement including a plurality of knife blades and a removable key loop in a small integral aesthetic unit.

Further and additional objects of the invention will become manifest from this description, the accompanying drawing and the. appended claims.

In one form of this invention a flat generally rectangular body portion is provided with two blades pivotally mounted at one end thereof which are normally disposed along the long edges of the body portion and a key receiving loop locked within the body portion from the other end thereof. More particularly the key supporting loop is locked in position between the blades in such a manner that it may be easily removed for insertion or removal of keys therefrom by a simple manipulation.

For a more complete understanding of this invention reference will now be made to the accompanying drawing wherein:

Fig. 1 is a side elevational view of one embodiment of the invention;

Fig. 2 is a front view of the embodiment of Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a front view similar to Fig. 2 with the key retaining loop partially removed;

Fig. 4 is a front view of the embodiment of Fig. 2 with a portion of the body removed;

Fig. 5 illustrates an alternate key retaining loop which may be incorporated in the embodiment of Fig. 1; and

Fig. 6 is a top view of the loop of Fig. 5.

Referring now to the drawings and more particularly to Figs. 1 and 2, a combination pocket implement 18 is illustrated comprising a body portion 12, blades 14 and 16 pivotally mounted adjacent one end thereof and a key holder 18 disposed at the other end thereof. The blades The key holder 18 is preferably of rectangular shape to conform to the shape of the body 12 and to provide continuity of lines and smoothness of the over-all implement. However, it should be clear that the outer portion of the holder may be of any desired shape. The body portion 12 includes two face plates 20 and 22 which are secured together in overlying relationship by a plurality of rivets 24, 26 and 28, best shown in Fig. 4. The rivets 24, 26 and 28 extend through the face plates 20 and 22 but are not normally visible after appropriate grinding and polishing of the outer surfaces.

As shown in Fig. 4, rivets 24 pass through resilient spacers 30 and 32 which maintain the face plates 20 and 22 in parallel spaced relationship and provide the necessary resilient action for the blades 14 and 16. The particular tapered'configuration of spacers 30 and 32 provides the desired central flat recesses to receive holder 18 and produces the optimum resilience at the free ends whereby conventional jackni'fe operation is produced. The resilient spacers 30 and 32 are pivotally mounted about rivets 24 and are urged against rivets 26 by blades 14 and 16. i

Blades 14 and 16 are pivotally mounted on rivets 28 in such a manner that the resilient spacers 30 and 32 abut the blades adjacent the pivotal axes providing the desired resilience for blade actuation. Blades 14 and 16 have cam-like extended portions 58 and 60 which engage the springs 30 and 32 to provide the desired resilient action urging the blades to either the extended or retracted position. Shoulders 62 and 64 provide stop means on the blades 14 and 16, engageable with springs 30 and '32 to limit blade travel to the fully extended positions. v

The key holder 18 has a ring-like rectangular portion 34 and a loop 36 extending therefrom. The loop 36 comprises two legs 38 and 40 terminating in a bight portion 42. The legs 38 and '40 and bight portion 42 are sufliciently'yieldable to permit relative movement o f-the legs inwardly toward one another. The legs 38 and 40 have notches or recesses 44 and 46 formed therein in positions'such that they engage rivets 26 when the key holder 18 is pressed inwardly into the flat central opening between spacers 30 and 32. When the recesses 44 and 46 engage rivets 26 the key holder is rigidly locked in place and cannot be withdrawn by axial force.

However, when the holder is transversely shifted in the manner illustrated in Fig. 3 the legs shift in the manner shown in broken lines 48 in Fig. 4. Thus notch 46 is withdrawn from rivet 26a by the transverse movement of the holder 18. At the same time bight portion 42 is shifted toward spacer 30 and pivoted around the free end 50 of leg 38 whereby recess 44 is also removed from rivet 26b. Thus, key holder 18, when transversely shifted as described, may be readily withdrawn axially from the fiat central opening in the body of the implement.

An alternate key holder 52 is illustrated in Figs. 5 and 6. Therein the holder is a closed irregular member omitting the discontinuity adjacent the locking loop which appears in the holder 18. In the alternative, the outer edge of the holder comprises a pair of overlying leaf portions 54 and 56 which are locked in overlying relationship when the holder 52 is positioned in the body of the implement in the manner described heretofore.

In this embodiment the holder 52 may be withdrawn from the body merely by compressing the legs 30 and 32 by applying inward force to the holder side portions 58 and 60. Thus the holder 52 may be withdrawn from the body and the leaves 56 and 54 spread apart or separated for the insertion of keys and the like.

It will appear from the foregoing description that the unique combination of a ring-like key holder and a plurality of blades is provided by this invention whereby a minimum number of parts are integrated into a single unit to combine the functions thereof in a unique manner.

While two particular embodiments of the invention have been described in detail it will immediately appear that modifications may be incorporated without departing from the spirit and scope of this invention. For example any number of blades or other tools may be incorporated in either a single layer as herein described or in stacked relationship as is well known in the pocket knife art.

Also various rings and loops may be incorporated in the flat recesses between the blades and all such constructions are considered within the spirit and scope of this invention.

Without further elaboration, the foregoing will so fully explain the character of my invention that others may, by applying current knowledge, readily adapt the same for use under varying conditions of service, while retaining certain features which may properly be said to constitute the essential items of novelty involved, which items are intended to be defined and secured to me by the following claims.

We claim:

1. A retainer for apertured articles comprising body means defining a substantially flat elongate recess, transverse means disposed in said body to provide protuberances within said recess, and an article receiver comprising a substantially flat ring-like holder having an opening therein to receive such articles and a substantialfly flat locking loop having legs extending from said holder and terminating in a bight portion, said locking loop being resilient and said legs having locking recesses formed therein whereby said loop is maintained in said fiat elongate recess between said protuberances and said locking recesses removably engage said protuberances, said article receiver being removable by the resilient relative movement of said legs whereby said opening may receive articles.

2. A retainer for apertured articles comprising body means defining a substantially flat elongate recess, transverse means disposed in said body to provide protuberances within said recess, and an article receiver comprising a substantially flat ring-like holder having an opening therein to receive such articles and a substantially flat tapered locking loop having legs extending from spaced portions of said holder and converging in a bight portion, said locking loop being resilient and said legs having locking recesses formed therein whereby said loop is maintained in saidflat elongate recess between said protuberances to prevent inadvertent removal of articles therefrom and said locking recesses removably engage said protuberances, said article receiver being shiftable whereby said locking recesses are removed from said protuberances.

3. A retainer for apertured articles comprising body means defining a substantially flat elongate recess, transverse means disposed in said body to provide protuberances Within said recess, and an article receiver comprising a substantially flat ring-like holder and a substantially fiat tapered locking loop having legs extending from spaced portions of said holder and converging in a bight portion, an opening being formed in said receiver adjacent the juncture of said holder and one of said legs and within said fiat recess, said locking loop being resilient and said legs having locking recesses formed therein whereby said loop is maintained in said flat elongate recess between said protuberances to prevent inadvertent removal of articles therefrom and said locking recesses removably engage said protuberances, said article receiver being shiftable whereby said locking recesses are removed from said protuberances.

4. A retainer for apertured articles comprising body means defining a substantially fiat elongate recess, transverse means disposed in said body to provide protuberances within said recess, and an article receiver comprising a substantially flat ring-like holder and a substantially fiat tapered locking loop having legs extending from spaced portions of said holder and converging in a bight portion, said holder having separable overlying portions maintained in juxtaposition by the portion of said body means defining the flat recess, said locking loop being resilient and said legs having locking recesses formed therein whereby said loop is maintained in said flat elongate recess between said protuberances to prevent inadvertent removal of articles therefrom and said locking recesses removably engage said protuberances, said article receiver being shiftable whereby said locking recesses are removed from said protuberances.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification24/600.4, 70/456.00R, 7/118, 7/167, D03/207, 7/162
International ClassificationA44B15/00
Cooperative ClassificationA44B15/00
European ClassificationA44B15/00