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Sept. 24, '1946.
E_ L, HO'LLENBECK
2,408,142
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Ernest L. Honenbeck, Glendale, Calif.
Application September 24, 1945, Serial No. 618,211 ‘
Va claims. (c1. 13a-'11)
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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.
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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.
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A still further object is the provision of a comb
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opposing- sides of
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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
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I4 or in other words between
the back I2 and the'back> I4.
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A further object isl to provide a comb with'its
teeth disposed so that the strands of hair sep
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tudinal axis oifset so that the longitudinal axis
'of the-'handle II liesk along theside of the back
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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;
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Figure 2 is an elevation similar to Fig. 1 but
with the comb in open position;
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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
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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
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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
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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.'
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