Sept. 24, '1946. E_ L, HO'LLENBECK 2,408,142 00MBFiled Sept. 24, 1945 A `20Ey; 1574 _ ' Éäg 'Z0/4 'l5 ~ ~BY W Y Patented Sept. 24, 1946 2,408,142 UNITED _STATES PATENT voFläirc'zl's.yï-- f -ï 2,408,142 ` » 00MB l y Ernest L. Honenbeck, Glendale, Calif. Application September 24, 1945, Serial No. 618,211 ‘ Va claims. (c1. 13a-'11) , The primary object of my invention is to pro vide a comb having two relatively disposed par allel rows of teeth in staggered relation to each other, and equally adapted to both right and left handed persons. Y f A further object is'to provide a comb which in its combing effect offers every advantage of a fine toothed comb, yet more readily providing a free and easier passage of the teeth through the khair and without the customary tooth breakage more v >or less common with ñne toothed combs. teeth of the second row, and whereby unison of the combing action is obtained in a more highly flexing manner as the teeth weave through the hair, and this, regardless of the number of comb strokes employed. _ ' A still further object is the provision of a comb . .. opposing- sides of . The back I4 is also provided with a plurality of teeth I5 of the same degree of coarseness as the teeth I3. The back I4 is not provided with' a handle integral therewith but is connected by ' a rivet I6 to lthe back I2 in a manner herein after described which permits teeth I3 and teeth I5 to be used as one comb by grasping the handle I I. arated by the ñrst row of teeth' in contact there- . with will be simultaneously acted upon by the ~ I4 or in other words between the back I2 and the'back> I4. ' A further object isl to provide a comb with'its teeth disposed so that the strands of hair sep z tudinal axis oifset so that the longitudinal axis 'of the-'handle II liesk along theside of the back > - ' The rivet I6 also acts as a pivot permitting the teeth I5 'carried by the back I4' to be turned `away from the teeth' I3 carried by the back I2 for-the purpose of cleaning said teeth. See Fig. 2. A channel shaped clip I'I is secured by a rivet I8 to the handle II adjacent the junction of the handle II and the back I2. - One end of the clip 20 Il overlies the back I2 with one side of the clip imbedded in a depression I9 provided inthe back I2 andthe other side of the clipl Il spaced from the back I2 to permit th'e entrance of one end of the back I4 when said back is pivoted to the production of combs. 25 about the rivet I 6 to the closed position of the And a further object is the provision of a comb comb I0 as seen in Fig. 1. presenting a novel combination and arrange A depression 20 is provided in the end of the ment of the toothed sections to facilitate the clip I 'I which is also embedded in a depression removal of foreign matter in the process . of cleansing the same, and whereby the respective 30 2| provided in the handle II so that the outside of the clip I1 is flush with the outside of the parallel rows of teeth may be separately handled handle II and the outside of both backs I2 and in the cleansing process, yet remain ñrmly fixed I4. The clip I1 also provides added and desir in attached relation with one another. able strength, support and stillness for the comb I attain these objects with the comb illustrated assembly at this junction. in the accompanying drawing in which: A boss or projection 22 is provided on the back Figure 1 is a front elevation of the comb in of said characteristics which may be cut, stamped, molded or otherwise produced, and from any suitable material readily lending itself closed position; . Figure 2 is an elevation similar to Fig. 1 but with the comb in open position; ` Figure 3 is a section on line 3-3 of Fig. 1. ~ I2 on the side adjacent the side of the back I4 ' and approximately midway between» the rivet I6 and the clip Il. The boss 22 is designed to seat in a cavity or depression 23 provided on the side 40 of the back I4 Whenever the end of the back I4 Figure 4 is a section on line 4-4 »of Fig. 1, and is moved beneath the clip I'I thereby snap lock Figure 5 is a View of the toothed edge of the comb in the closed position. Similar letters and numerals of reference in dicate like >parts throughout the several views. Thus the comb is designated in general as I0. It is provided with the conventional comb h'andle II which is integrally formed with a comb-back I2 provided with a plurality of teeth I3 which Y are herein termed course as opposed to the term applied to a ñne tooth comb. 'I'he longitudinal axis of the back I 2 is offset so ing th‘e comb I0 in the closed position of Fig. 1 due to the resiliency of the comb material and the tension provided by the snap locking means ' aforesaid. It will be noted in Fig. 1 and more especially in Fig. 5 that when the comb IIJ is inthe closed or combing position the teeth I3 are in staggered re ' lationship to the teeth I5 so that a brushing ac tion as well as a combing action is practicable. Note separation of hairs indicated at H as comb I0 is moved to the left as seen in Fig. 5. There is thus provided a coarse toothed comb function ing as a ñne toothed comb, and oiîering every that the longitudinal axis of the handle II lies along the side of th‘e backV I2 thereby providing space for another comb-back I4 having its longi 55 advantage of the latter without its common draw 2,408,142 3 backs, the breaking of teeth, for example, cou pled with the difliculty in pulling the comb through snarled and otherwise heavy hair. The staggered tooth arrangement in the specific man ner of the placement of the teeth as shown,' moreover serves to unsnarl the hair due to the flexing and weaving action of the brushing effect experienced as the comb passes through the hair, however light or heavy that may be._ Readily produced from materials obtainable in the open market, and at no great cost, the inven tion offers a simple embodiment of a dual row of teeth pivotally engaged to one another; light in weight, and requiring no special consideration in its use from that employed in using a combof the common single toothed row variety. More over, the double row of coarse teeth in prefer ence to ñne teeth completely eliminates the cus tomary breakage of teeth inherent in a iine toothed comb during the cleaning process. To clean the comb, the pivoted back section is swung clear of the main or stationary section, whereupon either or both comb sections may be readily cleaned as is the ordinary single section 4 pivotally aiñxed back section having a depres sion formed therein, and said lfirst named back section having a projection outstanding there from and integrally therewith arranged to slid ably move over and in contact with the other back section and then enter said depression, and providing a snap locking means for securing said pivotally afñxed back section against involuntary dislodgement from said securing means. ‘2. In a comb, a longitudinal stationary toothed back section having a handle and an outstand ing projection thereon, and a second longitudi nal toothed back section having a depression therein and pivotally attached to said stationary toothed back section, said outstanding projection and said depression forming a locking means be tween said back sections when said pivotally at tached back section is brought in alignment with said stationary back section, said projection and said depression being located between the pivotal connection of said sections and the handle. 3. In a comb, a main comb member having a back, teeth .on said back and a handle extending from said back, a second comb member having a back and teeth on said back, means -pivotally 25 connecting said backs at points intermediate the comb. As numerous diiîerent embodiments and ends thereof whereby said second comb member changes in construction, style and shape of this may be swung into and out of position lying invention could readily be made without depart against one side of said main member with the ing from the scope thereof as herein shown and teeth of said members presented in parallel rows described, it is intended that the description and 30 for a joint combing action, >a projection on the drawing shall be interpreted as illustrative and back of one of said members adapted to engage not in a limiting sense. What I do claim, however, as new and novel the back of the other of said members when said members are in side by side position and operat ing to flex said members, said other member hav and ldesire to secure by Letters Patent is: 1. In a comb, two parallel disposed back sec 35 ing a depression therein in which said projection tions provided with separate rows of teeth, one extends to hold said comb members in said side of said back sections in pivoted engagement with by side relation; and a keeper member on said the other of said back sections, a securing mem~ main comb member arranged to embrace the ber juxtapositioned in secured relation with said back of the second member to hold it in combing 40 last named back section for embracing and hold relation'to the main comb member. ing said pivotally engaging back section in comb ing relation with the other said back section, said ERNEST L. HOLLENBECK.'