GB2232072A - Carrier for key or hand tool - Google Patents

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GB2232072A
GB2232072A GB9012241A GB9012241A GB2232072A GB 2232072 A GB2232072 A GB 2232072A GB 9012241 A GB9012241 A GB 9012241A GB 9012241 A GB9012241 A GB 9012241A GB 2232072 A GB2232072 A GB 2232072A
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45CPURSES; LUGGAGE; HAND CARRIED BAGS
    • A45C11/00Receptacles for purposes not provided for in groups A45C1/00 - A45C9/00
    • A45C11/32Bags or wallets for holding keys
    • A45C11/324Bags or wallets for holding keys with pivoting keys

Abstract

A carrier for a key or small hand tool, such as a screwdriver or file, comprises a body 14; a pivot 17 by means of which a key or small hand tool is pivotally attached to the body for movement between an operative (Fig. 4a, not shown) and a retracted (Fig. 5a, not shown) position; and resilient retaining means 13, spaced apart from the pivot along the body, for releasably retaining the key or small hand tool in the retracted position. The carrier may carry more than one key (Figs. 6, 7, not shown). In another form (Figs. 8-10), the carrier is resilient and comprises a square section peg 117 for mounting the key 127, the key being connected to the body 114 by a strap 115 and having ratchet teeth 118 releasably engaging serrations 121 on a lug 120, the key being resiliently retained by ends 132 of an arcuate portion 131 of the strap 115. The carrier also includes a clip 123 for attachment to a keyring and a tongue 124 for gripping a garment pocket. <IMAGE>

Description

CARRIER FOR AN OBJECT SUCH AS A KEY OR SMALL HAND TOOL The invention relates to a carrier for an object such as a key or small hand tool.

Such carriers are intended to be used to carry, for example, a key for a house door or for an automobile, and/or a small hand tool such as a screwdriver or file. The carrier normally carries the object in a retracted position, in which the combination can safely be carried in a users pocket or handbag. The object can readily be moved to an operative position, in which the operative part of the key or tool extends from the carrier for use, and readily returned to the retracted position after use.

Numerous different designs and constructions of such carriers have been proposed. However, those of which the applicant i aware are eit-ler complicated in construction, or are not use.

The present invention is intended to provide a carrier which is both simple in construction and simple in use.

Accordingly, the invention provides a carrier for an object such as a key or small hand tool, which carrier comprises:a body, a pivot, and resilient retaining means, the resilient retaining means being spaced apart from the pivot along the body; the arrangement being such that the object can be engaged to the pivot to connect it to the body and can pivot thereabouts between an operative position, in which the operative part of the key, tool or other object projects beyond the body so that it can be used, and a retracted position in which t.he operative position is masked by the body and in which retracted position the object is releasably retained by resilient retaining means.

Further features of the invention will become apparent from the appended claims and the following description.

Various embodiments of the invention, together with possible modifications thereof, will now be. described by way of example and with reference to the accompanying drawings, irl which : - Figures 1, 2 and 3 are perspective views of three key carriers with different forms of pivot; Figures 4A and 4B show the carrier of Figure 1 with its key in the operative position; Figures 5A and 5B show the same carrier with its key in the retracted position; Figures 6 and 7 illustrate two different forms of multiple holder; and Figures 8, 9 and 10 illustrate another form of holder.

The key carrier shown ill figure 1 is intended to carry a key for an autJDmobile. It is a one piece moulding of suitable plastics and a resilient clip 13. The body is in the form of a plate or slab, having a flat or substantially flat face 14. The shape of the body Is a representation of the profile of a typical automobile to aid identification of the key as beloging to an automobile. The pivot comprises a strap 15 having a root end 16 with which it joins the face 14 of the body 11, and a pivot peg 17 which protrudes at right angles from the strap near its free end. The peg 17 is formed at its free end with an enlargement 18, which is oversize with respect to an aperture 19 in the body 11.

In this example the aperture 19 is on the centre line of the body face 14, and the root end 16 of the strap is opposite the aperture 19. The arrangement is such that when the strap 15 is bent over near its root end 16 the peg 17 can enter the aperture 19. This entry is assisted by the shape of the enlargement 18 which tapers towards its free end. The strap 15 is sufficientely broad and strong that the enlargement 18 can be pushed into and through -i-Yie aperture 19 by finger pressure on the strap 15 at the t.-+p cf the peg 17.The resilience of the enlargement 18 provides a snap-ac.t..ion engagement of the pivot peg 17 with the b.-:dy 11 when the enlargement 18 emerges from the remote end of the aperture 19, where a counter-bore may be provided to accommodate the enlargement 18, below the back face of the body 11.

The resilient clip 13 is spaced away, along t.he body face 14, from the pivot. The clip is in the form of a leaf, having a root end 21 aligned parallel to the root end 16 of the strap 15, and a roof portion 22 which is bent over, to overlie the body face 14, across the centre line of the face 14. The roof portion 22 is corrugated and the end most corrugation at its free end provides an upturned lip 23. When the clip is unstressed, the minimum distance between the underside of the corrugations on the roof portion 22 of the clip and the face 14 of the body 11 immediately underneath is slightly less than the thickness of the key which the carrier is intended to hold.In use, with the pIvot peg 17 initially disengaged from the aperture 19, as illustrated in Figure 1. the key 24 (Figure 4A) is laid on the surface 14 with the hole on the key head over t.he body aperture 19. The strap 15 is rsnt, over and the peg 17 passed through the hole in t.he key head and pushed into the body aperture 19, until the peg enlargement engages with the aperture 19 by snap-action as previously described.The key 24 can then be easily moved by pivoting about the pivot peg 17, in a plane parallel to the body tace 14, between its operative position (Figure 4A and 4B), in which the operative part 25 of the key projects beyond the carrier body 14, and its retracted position (Figures 5A and 5B).

The upturned lip 23 at the free end of the- clip 13 provides a flared mouth for easy entry of pperative portion 25 of the key under the clip, deflecting the clip away from the body face 14.

The key is held firmly in the retracted position by the resilient urging of the clip towards the body, retention being assisted by the corrugations in the clip. The corrugations assist retaining either a flat key (for a cylindrical latch) or a key with a narrow cylindrical spindle.

Figure 2 shows a key carrier with an alternative form of pivot.

In this embodiment, the pivot peg 27 wfth an enlargement 28 a-t it free end, and an enlarged flattened circular head 29. The pivot peg is engaged with, and disengaged from, the aperture 19 in the body 14, by finger pressure on t.he head 29, similarly to the function provided by the strap 15, in Figure 1.

Figure 3 shows another alternative form of pivot. This pivot comprises a continuous elongated flexible staik 31, the root end 32 of which extends perpendicularly from the face 14 of the body 11.

The stalk 31 has near its free end an enlargement 33 which is oversize with respect to the aperture 19 in the body 11, as in the previously described embodiments. The stalk 31 is provided with an extension 34 projecting beyond t.he enlargement 33, The extension 34 being substantially longer than the thickness of the body 11.In order to engage the pivot stalk 31 ill the body, the extension 34 is offered, throgh the hole in the key and into the aperture 19, until it protrudes the other side of the body 11.

The extension is then gripped and pulled, so as to pull tne enlargement 33 into and through the aperture 19 until it engages with the body 11. The extension 34 may then brocken off, for which purpose it may be provided with a breakneck where it f-.rms the enlargement 33.

A carrier may be arranged to carry mlDre than .-ne key or other similar object. Figure 6 shows one possible configuration, in which two resilient clips 35, 36 are provided, one overlying the other. Two keys are carried, one on top of the other, on a single pivot. Figure 7 shows another multiple configuration, in which two resilient clips 37, 38 are provided side by side. In this case two pivots, spaced apart, are provided for t.he two keys respectively A carrier may be arranged to be double-sided, carrying one or more keys on each side of the body An alternative form of key holder is illustrated in Figures 8, 9 and 10.Figure 8 is a perspective view and Figure 9 is an elevation of the h-older open t.o receive a key and Figure 10 is an elevation of the holder closed on a key to releasably retain it in the retracted position.

The holder of this example is generally similar to that described with preference to Figure 1, with the main difference that the resilient retaining means is carried on the strap which carries the pivot and is spaced aparat from the pivot along the body by a lesser distance.

The carrier of this example is intended to carry objects ranging in thickness from zero to seven millimetres, this being a suitable range for single keys with or without rubber encased heads, or a plurality of objects totalling up to seven millimetres in thickness at their retaining holes. It is a onepiece moulding of suitable resilient plastics material, for example acetyl, It comprises a body 111 and a pivot in the form of a a i:-g 117. The body is in the form of a plate or slab, having a substantially flat face 114. The pivot pag 112 extends at right angles from the. free end of a strap 115, the other end of which loine the face 114 of the body 111.The peg is square in cross- @@@@n and is formed on side face near its free end with ratchet teeth 118. Opposite the peg 117 the body 111 is formed with an aperture 119 through which the free end portion of the peg can pass. On the side of the body 111 remote from the strap 115 there is provided a serrated lug 120 having serrations 121 complimentary to t.he ratchet teeth 118 on the peg 117 for engaging there with. The lug 120 is resilient and positioned so that its serrations are resiliently urged to engage the pivot ratchet teeth 118 when the peg 117 is pushed through the aperture 119.

The. peg 117 is substantially at right angles to the extent of ti strap 115. Near its free end, the strap is formed with an arcuate lj semicircular) part 131 which projects away from the body 111. The root of the peg 117 joins the arcuate part 131 at the midpoint or apex of the latter. The other end of the strap 115 joins the body 111 by means of a pillar 122. which is offset with respect to the strap 115, being located at one edge of the body 111 and one edge of the strap 115, part of the way along the bc-dy.

The carrier of this example is also provided with means to releasably attach the carrier to a keyring or the like, in the form of a resilient hook-shaped clip 123, projecting from that end of the body face 114 remote from the pivot aperture 119.

The carrier of this example is also provided with means for releasably attaching the carrier to, for example, the user's clothing. This comprises a tongue 124, slightly larger than the body 111 and positioned substantially parallel to t.he body on the side thereof remote from the strap 115.In this example, the tongue is in t.he shape of a training shoe, since the key carrier is intended for use by a jogger or person taking other physical exercise. Near one end the tongue is joined to the body by means of a wail 125 projecting from the body 111 and extending across its witj. near the aperture 119 The face of the body ill which trices towards the the tongue is formed, near its end remote from the wall, wit.h ribs 126. The -mac ing between the tongue 124 and the ribs 126 is such as to allow, for example, the material. of a patch pocket of a garment worn by a user to be resiliently gripped there between. The grip can be released by the user equeezing the far end part end 128 of the tongue, beyond the wall 125, towards the body.

In order to attach a key to the carrier1 the key 127 (Figure 10) is laid flat on the body surface 114 with the hole in the keyhead overlying the pivot aperture 119. The user pushes the peg 117 through the hole of the key, and into and through the aperture 119, so as to engage the ratchet teeth 118 on the peg with the serrations 121 on the lug 120, until the ends of the arcuate part 131 of the strap contact the adjacent face of the key 127 and press it against the face 114 of the body.Then, by applying further pressure. to the out.sicl.e. of the arcuate part 131 of the strap, the user pushes the peg 117 fuhrter in, deformig the acurate part 131 of the strap (which is resilient), the peg being retained rn this position by engagement of its ratchet teeth 118 with the lug serrations 121. The end parts of the arcuate part 131 are thus pressed resiliently against the key, to provide resilient retaining means at positions indicated 132 i.n Figure 10, spaced apart from the pivot along the bot; on opposite sices of the pivot, for releasably retaining the key in its retracted position, by friction between the positions 132, the body face 14 and the faces of the key 127. The arcuate part 131 is now opposite the end part 128 of the tongue 124, facilitating thumband-forefinger squeezing the end part 128 of the tongue to release its gripping, as previously referred to.

The key can be released from the carrier by pushing the lug 120 sideways, to disengage its serrations 118 from the ratchet teeth 121 of the pivot. peg 117, the peg being withdrawn from the aperture 119 and the hole in the key by the resilience of the trap i15. That portion of the arcuate part 131 of the strap which lies between the peg 117 and the pillar 122 may be of greater radius of curvature than the other part so that it is of greater extent along the strap and the portion 132 at which it applies resilient retaining means to the key is spaced apart - :rther from the pivot than the portion 132 on the other the pivot.

The invention is not restricted to the details of the foregoing examples. For instance, the pivot may be provided by a tubular rivet through the body 11, so that the key is permanently secured to the carrier.

The body 11 or tongue 124 may be of any convenient shape. The body or tongue may carry advertising matter for promotional purposes .

Features illustrated as included in one embodiment or configuration of the invention may be incorporated in a different embodiment or configuration, if practical and convenient.

Claims (1)

1/ A carrier for an object such as a key or small hand tool, which carrier comprises:a body, a pivot, and resilient retaining means, the resilient retaining means being spaced apart from the pivot along the body; the arrangement being such that the object can be engaged with the pivot to connect it to the body can pivot thereabouts between an operative position, in which the operative part of t.he key tool or other object projects beyond the body so that it c--tn be used, and a retracted position in which tdle operative portion is maked by the body and in which retracted position the object is releasably retained by resilient retaining means.
2/ A carrier as claimed in claim 1, in which the resilient retaining means comprises a resilient clip spaced from the body sufficientely to receive the object between the body and the clip and retain it therein by resilient engagement.
3/ A carrier as claimed in claim 2, in which that face of the clip which engages the object is shaped to enhance retention of the object.
4/ A carrier as claimed in claim 3, in which the aforesaid face of the clip is corrugated.
5/ A carrier as claimed in any of claims 2, 3 and 4, in which that end of the clip which first receives the object is flared or apturned to facilitate entry of the object between the resilient clip and t.he body.
6/ A carrIer as claimed in claim 1, in which the pivot is temporarly disengageable from the body thereby to allow removal and replacement of an object 7/ A A carrie.r as claimed in claim 6) in which that pivot, when temporarily disengaged from the body so as to allow removal and replacement of an object, as aforesaid, remains attached to the body to prevent loss tJlerefrom.
8/ A carrier as claimed in claim 6 or claim 7, in which the pivot is engageable with, and temporarily disengageable from, the body by resilient snap-action.
9/ A carrier as claimed in claim 8, in which the resilient snap action is provided by an aperture in the body with which cooperates an oversize enlargement in t.he pivot.
10/ A carrier as claimed in claim 9, in which the pivot comprises a pivot peg carrying the oversize enlargement which peg proo cots from a tab or head, engageable by a user 5 finger to push or pull the oversize enlargement into or Out of the hole in the body.
11/ A carrier as claimed in claim 9, in which the pivot carries an extension beyond the oversize ellargement, , thereby to facilitate entry of the enlargement into the aperture in the body and the subsequent pulling of the enlargement into the aperture, by pulling on the extension protruding from the body through the aporture.
19/ A carrier as claimed in claim 9, in which after the enlargement has been pulled through the aperture the extension can be broken off from the remainder of the pivot.
13/ A carrier as claimed in claim 1, which carrier comprises a common part, joined to the body, which carries both the pivot and the resilient retaining means.
14/ A carrier as claimed in claim 1, in which the resilient retaining means is adjustable, thereby to permit adjustment of the. extent of the effect of the resilient retaining means on the object.
15/ A carrier as claimed in claim 1, including two resilient retaining means on opposite sides of the pivot 16/ A carrier as claimed in claim 13, in which the pivot is movable away from the body to allow release of an object, and is movable towards the body to both engage the pivot with the object thereby to connect the object to the carrier and to engage the resilient retaining means with the object.
17/ A carrier as claimed in any of the preceding claims, which is adapted to carry more than one object as aforesaid.
18/ A carrier as claimed in claim 17, which carrier is adapted to carry a plurality of objects, one overlying another on a common pivot.
19/ A carrier as claimed in claim 17, including a plurality of resilient retaining means, one overlying another.
20/ A carrier as claimed in claim 17, which carrier is adapted to carry a plurality of objects side by side on separate pivots.
21/ A carrier as claimed in claim 17, including a plurality of resilient retaining means, side by side.
22/ A carrier as claimed in any of the preceding claims, in which the - body and the resilient retaining means are a unitary one piece structure.
23/ A carrier as claimed in any of the preceding claims, in which the body, the pivot and the resilient retaining means are a unitary, one piece structure.
24/ A carrier for an object such as a key or a small hand tool, substantially as herein before described with reference to, and illustrated in, the accompanying drawings.
Amendments to the claims have been filed as follows 1/ A carrier for an object such as a key or small hand tool, which carrier comprises:a body, a pivot, and resilient retaining means, the resilient retaining means being spaced apart from the pivot along the body; the arrangement being such that the object can be engaged with the pivot to connect it to the body and can pivot thereabouts between an operative position, in which the operative part of the key, tool or other object projects beyond the body so that it can be used, and a retracted position in which the operative portion is masked by the body and in which retracted position the object is releasably retained by resilient retaining means, which carrier comprises a coon part, joined to the body, which common part carries both the pivot and the resilient retaining means spaced apart therefrom, in which the resilient retaining means is adjustable, thereby to permit adjustment of the effect of the resilient retaining means on the object.
2/ A carrier as claimed in claim 1, in which the extent of engagement of the pivot with the body is adjustable, thereby to adjust the relationship of the common part with the body and thus adjust the resilient retaining means carried thereby as aforesaid.
3/ A carrier as claimed in claim 2, in which the pivot engages with the body by means of the resilient engagement of at least one detent carried by one of the body and the pivot with one of a plurality of detents carried by the other of the body and the pivot.
4/ A carrier as claimed in any of the preceding claims, including two resilient retaining means on opposite sides of the pivot.
5/ A carrier as claimed in any of the preceding claims, in which the body, the pivot and the resilient retaining means are a unitary, one piece structure.6/ A carrier for an object such as a key or a small hand tool, substantially as herein before described with reference to, and illustrated in, the accompanying drawings.
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GB461719A (en) * 1936-03-07 1937-02-23 William Kinnell Petrie Improvements in or relating to key holders
GB1286400A (en) * 1970-05-04 1972-08-23 Waso Ltd A combined key holder/casette and key fob
US3765201A (en) * 1972-10-16 1973-10-16 D Humphrey Key holder
US3877269A (en) * 1973-11-12 1975-04-15 Guy K Dehart Key holder
US4454737A (en) * 1978-09-08 1984-06-19 Aisin Seiki Company, Ltd. Key holder
US4596126A (en) * 1984-06-11 1986-06-24 Sorensen Peter H Key holder
US4646913A (en) * 1983-07-29 1987-03-03 Wing Russell T Key pack
US4660397A (en) * 1985-10-24 1987-04-28 Girimont John V Key holder with key ejecting means
US4688410A (en) * 1983-03-07 1987-08-25 Jacobsen Research Corp. Key holder
WO1987005785A1 (en) * 1986-03-26 1987-10-08 Pierre Niel Object carrier, particularly for keys or small hand tools

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
GB461719A (en) * 1936-03-07 1937-02-23 William Kinnell Petrie Improvements in or relating to key holders
GB1286400A (en) * 1970-05-04 1972-08-23 Waso Ltd A combined key holder/casette and key fob
US3765201A (en) * 1972-10-16 1973-10-16 D Humphrey Key holder
US3877269A (en) * 1973-11-12 1975-04-15 Guy K Dehart Key holder
US4454737A (en) * 1978-09-08 1984-06-19 Aisin Seiki Company, Ltd. Key holder
US4688410A (en) * 1983-03-07 1987-08-25 Jacobsen Research Corp. Key holder
US4646913A (en) * 1983-07-29 1987-03-03 Wing Russell T Key pack
US4596126A (en) * 1984-06-11 1986-06-24 Sorensen Peter H Key holder
US4660397A (en) * 1985-10-24 1987-04-28 Girimont John V Key holder with key ejecting means
WO1987005785A1 (en) * 1986-03-26 1987-10-08 Pierre Niel Object carrier, particularly for keys or small hand tools

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