US 3772742 A
A one-piece clip to support and hold a razor has a spring acting, shelf-holding arm at its upper portion and has a bifurcated lower portion with upturned and inturned razor holding arms. The shelf holding means could be a suction cup mounted on the shelf holding arm.
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United States Patent 1 Gigante Nov. 20, 11973 1 SHELF CLIP TO SUPPORT A RAZOR  Inventor: Philip J. Gigante, 44 Robin Rd., Mahwah, NJ.
22 Filed: July 9,1971
21 Appl. No.: 161,124
Related US. Application Data  Continuation-impart of Ser; No. 132,107, April 7,
 US. Cl. 24/84 13  Int. Cl A44b 21/00  Field of Search 24/259 C, 73 B, 81 B,
24/84 B, 255 AS, 73 AS, 3 E, 3 F, 81 BA, 81 H, 81 TA; 248/206 R; 211/60 A, 60 R, 60 T  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 8/1919 Harmony 24/84 B 1,468,002 9/1923 Carlson 24/3 E 1,899,509 2/1933 Lapin 24/81 TA UX 2,670,886 3/1954 Walton 24/3 E X 2,698,155 12/1954 Bowman 248/206 R 2,938,297 5/1960 Greene 248/206 R 3,371,900 3/1968 Jacobs 24/81 B Primary Examiner-Donald A. Griffin Att0meyHoward C. Miskin [5 7 ABSTRACT 10 Claims, 9 Drawing Figures P IFNTEnmwm ms 3372.742 SHEET 10F 2 lNVEN PHILIP J. GIGA E /MC ATTORNEY.
PAIENTEUnovzo 1915 SHEET 2 BF 2 INVENTOR. PH|L|P J. GIGANTE ATTORNEY.
SHELF CLIP TO SUPPORT A RAZOR This application is a continuation-in-part of my application for A Shelf Clip to Support A Razor," filed Apr. 7, 1971, Ser. No. 132,107 and now abandoned.
The present invention relates to an article holder for a shelf in a bathroom cabinet or the like, and more particularly relates to a holder that is capable of holding and supporting a razor.
Present day, long-use razor blades should not be dried with a towel or paper after use. Such drying dulls the blade. Preferably, after use, the razor with the blade is merely shaken dry and placed in the bathroom cabinet, thereby allowing any water remaining to drain from the razor and collect on the shelf, possibly dripping onto other articles on the shelf.
Also, any article contacting the blade could result in the dulling of the blade. A shelf in a bathroom cabinet is crowded ordinarily, and can ill afford the room necessary to dry the razor.
Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a holder that properly positions and holds a razor, and which can be easily and quickly mounted to or removed from a bathroom shelf.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a razor holder than avoids the collecting of water remaining on the razor, and holds the head of the razor in a position to avoid any contact with'the blade.
A still further object of the present invention is to provide a one-piece razor holder for mounting on a shelf of a bathroom, which can receive and hold a variety of different sizes and shapes of razors.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide a one-piece razor holder that is durable in use, economical in manufacture, easy to use and inexpensive.
Other objects and features of the present invention will be apparent when the following description is considered with the annexed drawings in which:
FIG. I is a perspective elevational view ofa holder in accordance with the present invention mounted on a shelf of a bathroom and supporting a razor;
FIG. 2 is a cross sectional view taken along line 2-2 of FIG. 1 and showing the shelf and the razor in shadow;
FIG. 3 is a front elevational view of the holder taken along line 3-3 of FIG. 2;
FIG. 4 is a bottom plan view of the holder taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 3;
FIG. 5 is a perspective elevational view of a further embodiment;
FIG. 6 is a cross sectional view taken along line 6-6 p of FIG. 5;
FIG. 7 is a perspective elevational view of another embodiment;
FIG. 8 is a cross sectional view taken along line 8-8 of FIG. 7; and
FIG. 9 is another perspective view of the body of this embodiment.
The present invention allows a razor to be positively suspended below a shelf of the cabinet, clearly accessible for use and preventing any collection of water that remains on the razor after use, and yet which can accept a variety of sizes and shapes of razors.
Referring to the embodiment shown in FIGS. 1-4, the holder in accordance with the present invention is designated as 10 and is mounted on a shelf 12 in bathroom cabinet 14. The upper portion of holder 10 has a pair of generally U-shaped arms 16 and 18 in spring actuating position to clamp on shelf 12. Arm 18 is substantially flat for engaging the lower surface of shelf 12 and is bent around and then upwardly and then downwardly to form arm 16 and then has a kick-up portion 20 at the end of arm 16 to allow easy mounting on shelf 12. The distance between lower portion of arm 16 and arm 18 provides a spring action which firmly holds holder 10 onto shelf 12. Extending downwardly from the rear end of arm 18 is a vertical base portion 22 with its end extending in a direction opposite to arm 16 to form the razor holder bifurcated lower portion having arms 24. Arms 24 are spaced apart a distance indicated at 26, which is about 2% to 3 times the width of arms 24, so as to accept and support a wide variety of types and sizes of razors. Arms 24 are bent upwardly along their transverse edges 26 about 20, and the ends of arms 24 are angled inwardly towards opening 28. The outer end of arms 24 are bent upwardly at 30 to prevent any accidental removal of razor l3.
Advantageously arms 24 are-angled inwardly about 70-80 from the horizontal and are bent upwardly about 15 to 25 from the horizontal along edges 26. As seen in FIGS. 3 and 4 the outer side edges 26 are above the inner side edges 27. Arms 24 in this shape provide line support to the razor regardless of type, as well as accepting a wide variety of sizes of razors. Also, the twisting of arms 24 avoids collection of moisture and water and does not contact the blades contained within the razor.
To attach holder 10 to shelf 12 it is merely necessary to slip shelf 12 between arms 16 and 18. Holder 10 can be easily removed, if desired. Holder 10, once mounted on shelf 12 provides a firm support for blade 13 without any rocking of holder 10.
A further embodiment of the present invention is shown in FIGS. 5 and 6, in which a holder 40 is shown mounted on a shelf 42. The upper portion of holder 40 has a pair of generally U-shaped arms 44 and 46 with a downwardly extending depression 48 punched interiorly from the upper arm surface to form a resilient engaging surface with shelf 42 as seen best in FIG. 6. While depression 48 is illustrated as depending from the upper arm, it could extend interiorly from the lower arm. Extending downwardly from the rear end of arm 44 is vertical base portion 50 with a lower end 51 transverse thereto extending in a direction opposite to arms 44 and 46 to form the razor holder bifurcated lower portion with arms 52. Arms 52 are spaced apart in a manner similar to that discussed above including kickups 54 at the ends of the arms and twisted toward the opening between arms 52, all in a manner similar to that described above with respect to the first embodiment.
To attach holder 40 to shelf 42, it is merely necessary to slip arms 44 and 46 over the edge of shelf 42 as shown in the drawing which will provide a firm support for the blade despite variations and thickness of shelves.
A still further embodimentis illustrated in FIGS. 7 through 9 in which a holder is shown mounted to a shelf 62 by means of a suction cup construction 64 mounted on the upper surface of an arm 66. Arm 66 contains an opening therein. As illustrated, suction cup 64 has an enlarged resilient base 68, which is forced through smaller sized opening 70 as seen best in FIG. 9. Base 68 expands in its unstressed state by reason of the resiliency of the material to firmly hold suction cup 64 fixedly to arm 66. Extending downwardly from the rear of arm 66 is a vertical base portion 72 which in turn has its end 73 bent to form the razor holder bifurcated lower portion having arms 74, in a manner discussed above with the earlier embodiment. Arms 74 have kickups 76 at each of their ends, and are angled inwardly at 78 in the manner discussed above with the earlier embodiments.
To attach holder 60 to shelf 62 it is merely necessary to firmly press upwardly on the suction cup to form a tight, positive seal between the under surface of shelf 62 and suction cup 64. If a more permanent mounting is desired, an adhesive can be applied on the outer surface of cup 64 and pressed against the under surface of shelf 62. Also, while an expanding base 68 is shown holding the suction cup to arm 66, a screw or other fastener can be used. While one form of suction cup has been shown, variations are well known in the art and can be used.
The piece is advantageously made from a springy plastic, so as to avoid any rusting or corrosion of any metal and yet provides strength and resiliency during use.
While a preferred embodiment has been described above it is understood that many variations thereof may be readily apparent to those skilled in the art without departing from the spirit thereof. Therefore it is intended that the foregoing description shall be deemed illustrative only and not construed in a limiting sense, the present invention being defined solely by the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
l. A one-piece clip for supporting and holding a razor having a head and handle for mounting on a shelf, said clip having at its upper portion an arm engaging the shelf, a base member extending generally normally from the shelf-engaging member and being bent back on itself generally parallel to the shelf to form a lower portion and terminating in a pair of arms spaced apart at least the thickness of the razor handle for supporting said razor, said arms being bent inwardly, said ends of said arms being bent upwardly towards said upper portion, said arms being spaced from said shelf arm a distance greater than the thickness of said razor head.
2. A clip as in claim 1, wherein the upper portion arm is U-shaped and is open in a direction opposite to the opening of the lower portion arms.
3. A clip as in claim 2 wherein the upper portion has one arm planar and the other arm with at least one inward curve to form a line contact.
4. A clip as in claim 3 wherein the curved arm is the upper arm.
5. A clip as in claim 1, including shelf affixing means mounted on the upper surface of the upper portion arm.
6. A one-piece clip for supporting and holding a razor having a head and a handle, for mounting on a shelf, said clip having at its upper portion an arm engaging a shelf, a base member extending generally normally from the shelf-engaging member and being bent back on itself generally parallel to the shelf to form a lower portion and terminating in a pair of spaced apart arms for supporting said razor, said arms being bent inwardly, said ends of said arms being bent upwardly towards said upper portion and angled inwardly towards the space between the arms so that the outer side edges of each are higher than the corresponding inner side edges.
7. A clip as in claim 6 wherein the arms are bent inwardly between about 15 to 25 from the horizontal.
8. A clip as in claim 6 wherein the ends of the arms are angled between about 60 to 9. A clip as in claim 8 formed from a flexible plastic.
10. A clip as in claim 6 wherein the other side edge of the arms of the lower portion are above the inner side edges.