US 3356118 A
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DBC 5, 1967 F. c. PRISET 3,356,118
FRANKFURTER SLI CER Filed April 23, 1965 TP'Ue/VE YS.
United States Patent() M 3,356,118 FRANKFURTER SLICER Francis C. Priset, R.D. 1, Painted Post, N.Y. 14870 Filed Apr. 23, 1965, Ser. No. 450,282 7 Claims. (Cl. 146--72) ABSTRACT F THE DISCLOSURE A slicer comprising a base plate, a knife pivoted to said base plate, clamping means on said base plate aligned wit-l1 said knife and presenting an opening to receive said knife.
This invention relates to a slicer for cuting frankfurters and similar elongated food articles lengthwise.
The primary object of the invention is the provision of a practical, easily operated, and accurately slicing device of the kind indicated, which has frankfurter clamping means for holding a frankfurter or the like centered relative to a pivoted knife, the clampin-g means being adjustable for frankfurters of different diameters.
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a device of the invention, showing the knife in elevated position;
FIGURE 2 is -a right -hand end elevation of FIGURE l;
FIGURE 3 is a longitudinal section taken on the line 3-3 of FIGURE 4; and
FIGURE 4 is a top plan view of the device.
Referring in detail to the drawings, the illustrated device comprises a flat elongated base plate 10, having first and second ends 12 and 14, respectively. A pair of opposed L-shaped brackets 16 have their horizontal flanges 18 secured upon the base plate, adjacent to the first end 12 thereof, as by means of screws 20. The vertical flanges 22 of the brackets 16 are parallel spaced from each other, and are traversed, at their upper ends, by -a pivot bolt 24.
An elongated flat knife blade 26, longer than the base plate 10, has a straight, sharpened lower cutting edge 28. The first end 30 of the blade 26 extends between and beyond the vertical flanges 22 of the brackets 16, and is centrally journalled on the pivot bolt 24. The first end 3) and the adjacent part of the lower edge of the blade 26 are rounded, as indicated at 32, for purposes of clearance with the upper surface 34 of the base plate, -as the blade is elevated, and elimination of an injurious projection. At the second end of the blade, the lower edge of the blade is upwardly bevelled, as indicated at 36, to define a tang 38, to the opposite sides of which are secured convex handle members 40, defining a handle 42, which reaches beyond the second end 14 of the base plate 10.
A frankfurter clamping assembly 44 is disposed on the upper surface 34 of the base plate 10, beneath and in line with the blade 26. The assembly 44 comprises a pair of opposed, similar frankfurter holding clamps 46, which comprise facing and spaced concave or convex ears 4S, having, on their lower ends, laterally outwardly extending inner horizontal flanges 50, spaced upwardly from the upper surface 34 of the base plate. The inner horizontal flanges 50 merge downwardly, as indicated at 52, into outer laterally upwardly extending horizontal flanges 54. The outer flanges 54 bear upon and are secured upon the upper surface 34, as by means of screws 56.
The -clamps 46 are located on the base plate 10, near to and in longitudinally spaced relationship to the knife brackets 16, with the space between the clamps 46 in line with the blade 26.
The clamping assembly 44 further comprises a pair of longitudinally elongated, parallel, and laterally spaced, and laterally adjustable frankfurter centering bars 58. The bars 58, as indicated in FIGURES 2 and 4, are flat and are of vertical cross-section, such that they are frictional- 3,356,1 18 Patented Dec. 5, 1967 ly engaged with the upper surface 34 of the base plate 10, and the undersurfaces of the inner flanges 50 of the clamps 46.
The centering bars 58, comprise parallel sided main portion-s 60, which are of a length to extend longitudinally, from a point near to and spaced from the second end 14 of the base plate 10, to a point midway between the knife brackets 16 and the clamps 46. At their ends adjacent to the knife brackets 16, the centering bars 58 have op posed, laterally inwardly reaching extensions 62, which have arcuate concave edges 64, which merge into the laterally inward edges y66 of the bars. The concave edges 64, as indicated in FIGURE 4, are adapted to conform' ably engage the underside of the convex end 68 of a frankfurter F, disposed 'between the clamps 46 and the centering bars 58, and bearing upon the latter.
By loosening the screws 56 which hold the clamps 46 in place, the clamps 46 may be elevated, relative to the centering bars 58, so that the latter can be adjusted, toward and away from each other, for accommodating frankfurters of different diameters. When such an adjustment has been made, retightening of the screws 56 holds the adjustment.
In order to prevent the cutting edge of the blade 26 from harmfully striking the upper surface 34 of the base plate 10, on a downwardly cutting stroke of the blade, a stop screw 70 is threaded into the upper face of the base plate 10, near its second end 14, in line with the blade, the head 72 of the screw 7l) being disposed on a level above the base plate surface 34, for engagement by the blade edge 28, as shown in FIGURE 3.
In use and operation, a frankfurter F having been positioned between the clamps 46 and the adjusted centering bars 58, with the blade 26, in an elevated position, the frankfurter is cut into two similar halves, simply by depressing the blade until it contacts the stop screw 70.
What is claimed is:
1. A slicer for a frankfurter having a convex end, said slicer comprising a base plate having an upper surface, a frankfurter clamping and centering assembly mounted upon said upper surface and extending therealong, and a knife blade pivoted at one end on the base plate adjacent one end of said assembly, said assembly including means to restrain upward movement of the frankfurter when the knife is withdrawn.
2. A slicer according to claim 1, wherein said assembly comprises a pair of laterally spaced and opposed clamps through which a frankfurter is adapted to be engaged lengthwise, the blade being adapted to be depressed between the clamp for slicing the frankfurter.
3. A slicer according to claim 2, wherein in said assembly there are provided laterally spaced centering bars having laterally inwardly extending extension at one end therefore for conforming engagement with the convex end of a frankfurter disposed between and upon the bars.
4. A Slicer according to claim 3, wherein said assembly includes means associated with the clamps for clamping the centering bars in laterally adjusted position of the bars relative to each other.
5. A slicer of the character described, comprising a flat base plate having an upper surface and first and second ends, bracket means upstanding on the base plate at said first end, an elongated blade pivoted at one end on said bracket means, said blade having a handle on its other end, a pair of opposed and facing laterally spaced clamps upstanding on said base plate near to and spaced from said bracket means, the space between said clamps being aligned with the blade, screws securing said clamps upon the upper surface of the base plate, said clamps having horizontal flanges placed upwardly from said upper surface, a pair of longitudinally elongated frankfurter centering bars lying upon said upper surface, said bars being laterally spaced from each other and engaged between the anges of the clarnps and the upper surface of the base plate, said screws being' adapted to be tightened t0 clamp said bars between the anges and the upper surface of the base plate and being adapted to be loosened to enable adjusting the bars toward and away from each other.
6. A slicer according to claim 5, wherein said centering bars have first ends disposed between said bracket means and the said clamps and second ends located close to the l second end of the base plate, said rst ends of the bars having laterally inwardly reaching extensions. 7. A slicer according to claim 5, wherein said base plate has an upstanding stop adjacent to its second end, and said blade has a lower cutting edge adapted to engage the stop in the depressed position of the blade.
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