|Publication number||US3402984 A|
|Publication date||Sep 24, 1968|
|Filing date||Jun 9, 1967|
|Priority date||Jun 9, 1967|
|Publication number||US 3402984 A, US 3402984A, US-A-3402984, US3402984 A, US3402984A|
|Inventors||Zazzara Joseph R|
|Original Assignee||Joseph R. Zazzara|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (2), Referenced by (19), Classifications (11)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
Sept. 24, 1968 J. R. zAzzARA 3,402,984
WRITING IMPLEMENT HOLDER I Filed June 9, 1967 JOSEPH RZAZZARA ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,402,984 WRITING IMPLEMENT HOLDER Joseph R. Zazzara, 302 Albert Road, Syracuse, N-Y. 13214 Filed June 9, 1967, Ser. No. 644,996 .1 Claim. (Cl. 4018) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Holder for a pen or pencil comprising a resilient C clamp swivelly mounted on a sleeve adapted to be slid on a finger. The C clamp is locked in any one of several swivel positions, by the spreading of the C clamp when a writing instrument is frietionally held in the clamp.
This invention relates to a holder for writing implements adapted for application to a finger.
In reviewing numerous papers such as bills, and making or checking their entry in books and the like, it is desirable to have both hands relatively free, which is not the case if one must hold a pencil or pen in one hand, so as to be ready to write notes, or make entries. Dropping the papers and picking up the writing instrument and vice versa interferes with the train of thought often present during the consideration of a considerable number of bills, statements and the like, and the checking of their entry in books.
The present invention is directed to a finger ring of plastic or the like adapted for application to a finger in a predetermined relationship, the finger ring having a swivel clamp for receiving a pencil or pen or other similar implement. The swivel clamp is so mounted on the ring, as to be adjustable into one of several positions so that the implement may be held in any desired angular relation in respect to the finger on which the ring is mounted. The clamp is of a split C variety and so adapted as to tend to lock the adjustment of the clamp relative to the ring, when spread slightly by the insertion of a writing implement in the clamp.
The constant holding of a pen or pencil with the thumb and first two fingers tends to raise callouses and blisters, and the present device renders it possible to have the pen or pencil on hand, without it being constantly gripped between the fingers.
The above and other novel features of the invention will appear more fully hereinafter from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. It is expressly understood that the drawings are employed for purposes of illustration only and are not designed as a definition of the limits of the invention, reference being had for this purpose to the appended claim.
In the drawings, wherein like reference characters indicate like parts:
FIGURE 1 is a persepective view of the finger writing implement holder;
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged front view of the implement holder, with a fragment of the finger sleeve shown in transverse section;
FIGURE 3 is an enlraged side view of the holder with a fragment of the sleeve shown in section on the line 33.
Referring to the drawings there is shown a sleeve 20 of plastic or other suitable material of a tapered shape to nicely fit the contour of ones finger, the sleeve having a 3,402,984 Patented Sept. 24, 1968 slight bend as at 22, and being of smaller diameter as at 24 at one end, than at the other end 26. The slight bend at 22 tends to orient the sleeve angularly with respect to the wearers finger, since the bend will be located at one of the finger joints.
Pivot-ally mounted on the band is a split ring 30 of the plastic or other suitable slightly resilient material, the inside diameter of the ring being suited to frietionally embrace a writing instrument such as a pen or pencil. The ring is provided with a short swivel stem 32 extending through an aperture 34 in the sleeve 20 such aperture on its inside is provided with an enlarged counter bore 36 to accommodate the headed over portion 38 of the stem 32, the head 38 being recessed flush or even inside of the surface of the sleeve, so as to avoid any discomfort to the finger within the sleeve.
The outside surface of the sleeve around the pivot aperture 34 is provided with a fiat annular area 44 recessed as necessary in the sleeve body. Such annular area is provided with eight equally spaced shallow radial grooves 46. The ring is provided with opposed ears 48 and 50 which are adapted to be yieldingly held in any pair of opposed grooves 46, to prevent the ring from swivelling, and the locking effect of which is increased when an instrument is inserted into the ring in such a manner as to tend to spread the C ring. Such action tends to drive the ears into the grooves with an increase in resilient pressure.
While the ring can be rotated to any one of the four angular positions indicated by the grooves 46, when an instrument is disposed in the ring, when the instrument is removed from the ring, the ends 52, 54, can be squeezed slightly together to relieve the pressure of the ears 48 and 50 in the grooves 46, and thus more readily permit the setting of the ring at the desired angular relation with respect to the sleeve.
Although four sets of grooves are shown at 45 degree angles from one another any number may be provided as desired. It will be seen that the device permits one to keep his hands free to manipulate papers, bills and the like while retaining in a convenient manner, a writing instrument, which While clipped in the ring, can be used for limited writing, the making of check marks and the like. At the same time the writing instrument is always accessible, and can readily be slipped from the ring if it is desired to hold the instrument in the usual manner for writing.
While a single form of the invention has been illustrated and described, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited thereto. As various changes in the construction and arrangement may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention, as will be apparent to those skilled in the art, reference will be had to the appended claim for a definition of the limits of the invention.
What is claimed is:
1. A writing implement holder comprising a sleeve like ring adapted to be slid upon ones finger, the sleeve having a slight taper over the length thereof and a slight bend substantially midway between the ends of the sleeve adapted to be located around a joint of the wearers finger, whereby to accommodate the natural bend of the finger at the joint, and orient the ring with respect to the finger, a resilient C clamp having a stem swivelly mounted in an aperture in the sleeve substantially midway between the ends of the sleeve, said clamp having a pair of ears on opposite sides of the stem, and projecting to- Ward the ring, and said ring having indexing grooves in References Cited the outer surface of the ring and radially disposed with v respect to the aperture and on opposite sides of the aper- UNITED STATES PATENTS ture, and said ears being of a length so a to be pro- 9 8 9 4 Ehrle 401-8 jeoted into grooves on opposite sides of the aperture upon 5 1,304,171 5/ 1919 Ferree 15443 the resilient spreading of the clamp by the insertion of a writing instrument in the clamp. LAWRENCE CHARLES. Primary Examiner.
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|U.S. Classification||401/8, 15/443, D19/81, D29/114|
|International Classification||B43L15/00, B43K23/00, B43K23/012|
|Cooperative Classification||B43K23/012, B43L15/00|
|European Classification||B43K23/012, B43L15/00|