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Publication numberUS3085814 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 16, 1963
Filing dateDec 2, 1960
Priority dateDec 2, 1960
Publication numberUS 3085814 A, US 3085814A, US-A-3085814, US3085814 A, US3085814A
InventorsScott Edward L
Original AssigneeScott Edward L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Handle construction for ski poles
US 3085814 A
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April 16, 1963 E. L. sco'r'r HANDLE CONSTRUCTION FOR SKI POLES Filed D80. 2, 1960 INVENTOR'."

- EDWARD L. SCOTT j /y fi' ATTORNEYS United States Patent M 3,085,814 HANDLE CONSTRUCTION FOR SKI POLES Edward L. Scott, Box 915, Ketchum, Idaho Filed Dec. 2, 1960, Ser. No. 73,235 3 Claims. (Cl. 280-11.37)

This invention relates to improvements in handle construction for ski poles and more particularly to handles intended to increase the ease of manipulation of the pole.

The ordinary ski pole is straight and the handle is mounted in co-axial relation to the upper end of the pole. From the standpoint of the skier, this structure is adequate when he is thrusting against the poles, but presents certain problems when he is extending the poles forward in preparation for'the next thrust.

The configuration of the human hand and arm is such that extending the pole forwardly of the skier requires considerable bending of the wrist and elbow. Moreover, the muscles brought into play by such action are relatively weak and tire easily.

The present invention contemplates a ski pole in which the handle is mounted at an angle relative to the major portion of the pole so that the pole will extend forwardly when the handle is held in upright position. This permits the pole to be used in the normal manner but makes it possible to accomplish forward reaching of the pole with a minimum of strain and effort.

Accordingly it is a principal object of the present invention to provide a handle construction for a ski pole which minimizes strain and effort on the part of the skier but which does not interfere with the normal action of the pole.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a ski pole handle of the character described which is sturdy and simple to construct, light in weight, and attractive in appearance.

A further object of the invention is to provide a ski pole handle of the character described which does not require bending or deformation of the shaft of the ski pole.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a handle for ski poles which may be mounted on the upper end of a ski pole shaft and which will hold the hand of the skier in angled relation with respect to such shaft.

Further objects and advantages of my invention will be apparent as the specification proceeds, and the new and useful features of my handle construction for ski poles will be fully defined in the claims hereto attached.

The preferred forms of my invention are illustrated in the accompanying drawing, forming part of this application, in which:

FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a ski pole having a handle constructed in accordance with the present invention;

FIGURE 2, an enlarged vertical cross-sectional view of the handle portion of the ski pole illustrated in FIG- URE 1;

FIGURE 3, a vertical cross-sectional view through another form of the ski pole handle of the present invention; and

FIGURE 4, a vertical cross-sectional view through a third form of ski pole handle.

While I have shown only the preferred forms of my invention, it should be understood that various changes or modifications may be made within the scope of the claims hereto attached, without departing from the spirit of the invention.

Referring to the drawing in detail, the ski pole handle of the present invention is secured to the upper end 11 of an elongated shaft 12 which has a flattened snow- Patented Apr. 16, 1963 engaging member 1'3 secured adjacent to its lower end 14, the handle 10 being mounted at an obtuse angle with respect to the major portion of shaft -12.

The shaft .12 may comprise any suitable type of ski pole shaft and may be made of any suitable material, the shaft 12 here being formed of a light metal in a hollow tapered configuration. A shaft of this character is more fully described in my co-pending Application Serial No. 75,306 filed December 12, 1960 now Patent No. 3,076,- 663 issued February 5, 1963 and entitled Ski Pole Construction.

The snow-engaging member 13 may also be of any suitable form and is here illustrated as comprising a conventional basket ring. The usual sharpened snow-penetrating point 16 may be secured in the lower end 14 of the shaft 12.

The handle 10 may be formed of any suitable material such as leather, gutta percha, wood, plastic, or the like. However I prefer to mold the handle from a tough, resilient material such as Geon plastic or neoprene, having a hardness rating of approximately 50 on the durometer scale.

Also, a conventional wrist strap 17 is incorporated into the handle 10 and may be of suitable material such as leather or flexible plastic. I prefer to secure the Wrist strap 17 in place by means of a bolt or screw 18 mounted in a bore 19 formed in the handle and threadably engaged in a member 21 secured in the upper end 11 of the shaft 12.

In accordance with the present invention and as an important feature thereof, the handle 10' is angularly related to the shaft 12 in such manner that the shaft will extend forwardly when the handle is held upright in the manner illustrated in FIGURE 1. In the form of the invention illustrated in FIGURE 2, the upper end 111 of shaft 1-2 is angled with respect to the major portion of the shaft as by bending or the like. The bending should be done with an internal mandrel to avoid flattening and weakening the shaft.

To insure a good grip on the handle by the hand of the skier, the forward side 22 of the handle may be formed with serrations providing finger grips, and the rear side 23 is formed to nest snugly in the hand of the skier. The sides 22 and 23 are formed so that when the skier grasps the handle in a normal manner, the handle will be substantially upright in the position shown in the drawing, and the shaft 12 will extend downwardly and forwardly substantially as shown.

A modified form of the invention is illustrated in FIG- URE 3, wherein the upper end 11 of the shaft 12 remains straight and the handle 10a is formed to provide the desired angled relationship. The upper end 11a of the shaft 12a fits snugly into a cylindrical chamber 24 and is held therein by a bolt or screw 18a engaged in the member 21a in a manner similar to the securing means illustrated in FIGURE 1.

In the form illustrated in FIGURE 3, the handle 10a is deep enough to permit the chamber to be formed at the desired angular relation to the front and rear sides 22a and 23a, respectively. Thus when the handle 10a is held in the upright position illustrated in FIGURE 3, the shaft 12:: will extend forwardly therefrom at the desired angle with no necessity for bending the shaft.

The form of the invention illustrated in FIGURE 4 incorporates a handle 10b which is similar in all respects to the handle 10 illustrated in FIGURE 2. However, instead of bending the shaft 112b, the handle 10b is mounted on a shaft extension 26 which is bent to provide the desired angled relationship between the handle and shaft. Member 26 is preferably formed of hollow lightweight tubing and is secured in the upper end 11b of 3 shaft 12b by welding, swaging, press fit, or any other suitable securing means.

From the foregoing it will be apparent that I have provided a novel handle construction for ski poles which is simple, sturdy, light in weight, and which affords an improved action by making it possible for the skier to extend the pole forwardly with more facility and ease than has heretofore been possible.

I claim:

1. A ski pole, comprising an elongated shaft, a fiattened snow-engaging member adjacent to the lower end of said shaft, and a manually engageable elongated handle at the upper end of the shaft, said handle having forward and rearward sides adapted for engagement by the fingers and palm of the hand and being formed with a cylindrical chamber fitting over the upper end of said shaft, said chamber being angled with respect to said forward and rearward sides of said handle whereby said shaft will extend forwardly and at an obtuse angle with respect to said handle.

2. A handle for a ski pole, comprising an elongated hand-engaging portion having a serrated forward side and a rearward side formed for engagement with the palm of the hand, an enlarged knob secured to the upper end of said hand-engaging portion, said hand-engaging portion being formed with a cylindrical chamber extending longitudinally therethrough in angled relation to said forward and rearward sides, said chamber being formed to receive the upper end of the ski pole shaft whereby such shaft will extend forwardly from said handle, and means for securing said handle to said shaft.

3. A handle for a ski pole, comprising an elongated hand-engaging portion having forward and rearward sides formed for engagement with the fingers and palm of the hand respectively, said hand-engaging portion being formed with a cylindrical chamber extending longitudinally therethrough in angled relation to said rearward side so as to be spaced further from the rearward side at the lower end of the hand-engaging portion than at the upper end, said chamber being formed to receive the upper end of a ski pole shaft whereby such shaft will extend forwardly with respect to said rearward side of the handle.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,201,728 Henry et a1. Oct. 17, 1916 2,741,485 Storm et al Apr. 10, 1956 2,781,196 Brandon Feb. 12, 1957 FOREIGN PATENTS 64,221 Norway June 7, 1943 98,588 Sweden Apr. 9, 1940 178,317 Austria Apr. 26, 1954 196,689 Switzerland June 16, 1938 489,888 Italy Jan. 29, 1954

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Classifications
U.S. Classification280/821
International ClassificationA63C11/00, A63C11/22
Cooperative ClassificationA63C11/222
European ClassificationA63C11/22B
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Jul 14, 1986ASAssignment
Owner name: SCOTT USA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, 110 LEWIS STREET, K
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