US 2939418 A
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i June 7, 1960 .1. w. JoHNsoN PIKE AND HOOK ATTACHMENT FOR PADDLES Filed March 24, 1958 INVENTOR. J/m z/ n/O/mson ri in .United States Patent Fce 2,939,418 PIKE HooK A'iTAcm/IENT Fon PADDLES John W. Johnson, St. Maries,` Idaho Filed Mar. 24, 195s, ser. No. 72mml 1 s claims. (ci. 114-230) The present invention relates to a pike and hook attachment for paddles.
Those who operate launches, runabouts, and other small watercraft have found that a paddle is an essential piece of boating equipment. Many have also found a pike pole to be of considerable use for fending oi oating objects, pulling the craft into docks, etc. There is, however, very little, if any, storage space in small boats, and those who keep pike poles in addition to their paddles frequently find difficulty in storing them where they do not interfere with proper use of the boat. Because of the storage problem, many boat operators do not keep pike poles at all, but attempt to use their paddles as substitutes. Paddles, having smooth rounded edges, areill suited for such purposes. Damage and/or injury often result from their use.
It is the purpose of my invention to provide a simple pike and hook attachment for a paddle which will convert the paddle into a useful and eicient pike pole and which will not hinder, defeat, or diminish the use of the paddle as such. f
My invention does away with the necessity of keeping a cumbersome pike pole in the boat in addition to the necessary paddle, and also prevents the frequent damage and/ or injury that result from attempts to use paddles as pike poles. My invention is also simple and economical, both to construct and to install on a paddle.
The exact nature and advantages of my invention will appear more clearly from the following description and the accompanying drawings, wherein preferred forms of -the invention are shown. It should be understood, however, that the drawings and description are illustrative only and are not intended to limit the invention except insofar as it is limited by the appended claims.
In the drawings:
Figure 1 is a view illustrating a paddle equipped with my invention being -used to pull a boat into a dock;
Figure 2 is a view showing a paddle equipped with my invention used to fend off a floating object;
Figure 3 is an enlarged fragmentary elevational view of a paddle having my improved pike and hook attachment mounted thereon;
Figure 4 is a sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of Figure 3;
Figure 5 s a fragmentary elevational view similar to Figure 3, but showing a modified form of the invention;
Figure 6 is a fragmentary elevational view similar to Figure 3, but showing another modified form of the invention; and
Figure 7 is a sectional view taken on the line 7-7 of Figure 6.
Referring now in detail to the drawings, I have shown in Figures 1 and 2 a paddle 10 of standard design upon which my invention is mounted. The paddle 10 comprises a sha-ft or handle 11 having a blade 12 at one end thereof. My unique pike and hook attachment, generally indicated at 13, is mounted at the free end of the bl-ade 12. The attachment 13 provides on the paddle 10 out- 2,939,418 Patented June 7, V1960 wardly projecting pike point means 14 and a transversely extending hook 15, thus adapting the paddle 10 for use as an effective pike pole. y
As shown in Figures 3 and 4, the attachment 13 com- 5 prises a plate 16, which carries the point `1liand hook 15,
that is aiiixed to the end of the paddle blade 12 by brackets 17 and 18. The plate 16 is shaped as a segment of a circle and has a straight chord edge 19 and a curved arc edge 20. The chord edge 19 is butted against the end ofthe blade 12, the tip of the blade 12 being sawed off along a straight line as shown at 21 to receive the plate 16.y The plate 16 `is wider than the paddle blade 12, as clearly shown in the drawings, and is positioned so that it extends outwardly at one side thereof. This outwardly extending portion forms the hook 15. The point 14 is formed on the arc edge 19 of the plate 16, and is oiset yfrom the center of the plate 16 so that it is positioned on the longitudinal center line of the blade 12.
The brackets 17 and 18 which serve to mount the plate 16 on the blade l11'are substantially thin as shown in Figure 4, and are rigidly secured to the plate 16 at each side by spot welds 22. It will be understood, of course, that other means of alixing the brackets 17 and 18 to the plate 16 may be used, as for example, rivets, etc., without departing from the invention. The brackets '17 and 18 are secured to the paddle blade 12 by rivets 23, or by any other suitable means such as screws or the like, and hold the plate 16 rigidly in place at the end of blade 12.
As illustrated in the drawings, the attachment 13 lies Wholly within the plane of the paddle blade 12, and thus does not interfere with Iuse of the paddle as such when it is needed. The device is small, and may be constructed of light material so that it does not materially affect the weight or balance of the paddle. Yet, as shown in Figures 1 and 2, it converts the paddle 10 into an eiective pike pole that may be used to grasp or fend off objects. The transversely extending sharp protruding edge i15 forms an efficient hook that may be used as shown in Figure l to draw a boat A into a dock B or to draw other objects to the boat. The point 14 provides means for gripping objects which are to be fended off, such as the log C shown in Figure 2.
In Figure 5, I have shown a slightly modied form of the invention wherein the point means on the arc edge 20 of the plate 16 are formed as a plurality of small teeth or serrations 24. With this construction, the user is assured of obtaining a suthcient grip on the object he is contacting even though he may strike ott center.
In Figure 5, I have also shown the brackets 17 and 18' shaped somewhat differently than in the main form of the invention. It will be understood, of course, that the shaping of the lbrackets has no particular signicance.
In Figures 6 and 7, I have shown a further modication of the invention wherein the attachment 13" is cast 'as one piece, and shaped to be received on the paddle blade 12 Without the necessity of sawing the tip oi the blade. The attachment 13 is formed so that it does not cover the whole of the blade end, but terminates immediately to the left of the point 14". The hook 15" is the same as in the other -forms of the invention, and as in the other forms, the attachment is secured on the blade 12 by rivets 23.
While I have shown but three forms ofthe invention in the drawings, I do not intend to limit my invention to the precise construction illustrated. It is obvious that the several construction features illustrated may be combined in other ways. For example, the attaching brackets of the devices shown in Figures 3 and 5, may be cast integral with the plates 16 and 16 as shown in Figure 6. Also the devices shown in Figures 2, 3 and 6 may be provided with the serrated point means 24 shown in Figure 5. In each case, the pike and hook attachment provides point n Y .2,939,418 i Y means and hook rneans at the tip of the paddle blade,
converting the paddle into an efficient pike pole without affecting its utility as a paddle.
It is believed that the nature and advantages of my iuvention appear clearly from the foregoing.
Having thus described rny invention, I claim:
1. A pike and hook attachment for the at blade of a paddle comprising a at plate juxtaposed to the end of the blade and lying in the plane of the blade thereby forming an extension of said paddle blade, said plate being shaped substantially `as a segment of a circle and having an edge substantially conforming to the end edge of the blade and a curved arc edge, said edges intersecting at one corner to form a point, said plate being otset laterally from the blade whereby to project said point laterally beyond the side edge of the blade to form a hook, said plate having point means on the a-rc edge thereof projecting awayfro'rn the "blade, and Hat bracket means on the V.plate supporting the plate on the blade.
2. The invention dened in claim 1 wherein the point means comprises a V-shaped projection extending axially Referenees Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 103,007 Bibber I. M-ay 17, 1870 806,019 Sullivan Nov. 28, 1905 2,477,410 Johnson July 26, 1949 2,702,910 Ake Mar. 1, 1955