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June 26, 1962
e. COUTURE
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ICE SKATE
Filed Jan. 27, 1960
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Patented June 26, 1962
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forward end, and the wings become angular longitudi
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nal struts 1'9 and 20, rigidly securing the blade to the
ICE SKATE
plate 14.
George Couture, Quebec, Quebec, Canada, assignor to
There is provided a rearward projection 26 on the
St. Lawrence Manufacturing Company, Inc., Gi?ard,
plate 14, forming wings 28 and '29, connected by a neck
30 of substantial length, preferably approximately one
Quebec, Canada, a corporation of Canada
Filed Jan. 27, 1960, Ser. No. 5,036
fourth the width of the projection for most skate types
6 Claims. (Cl. 230-1112)
The blank includes a slot 32 at the rearward end of
the projection, centrally between the wings 28 and 29.
This invention relates to ice skates and particularly to
a new type frame for securing the shoe attaching plate '10 The base of the slot preferably corresponds to the thick
ness of the runner and the slot may be ?ared from the
It is a primary object of the invention to provide a
base to the rearward end of each projection. The wings
structure of this type which is economical to construct and
28 and 29 are wide at their forward ends and extend
forwardly beyond the neck 30v to provide attachment
assemble and which is stronger than those heretofore
15 tips 33 and 34. The side edges are angled inwardly as
used.
they extend toward the rearward end of the projection 26.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a uni—
to the runner or blade of the skate.
tary structure for securing the shoe attachment plate
The outer rearward corners may be cut off as indicated
at 36.
to the runner or blade in a manner assuring a uniform
The projection 26, forming the wings 28 and 29, is bent
skate construction without the necessity for extreme care
in assembling plate and runner, encountered where a 20 downwardly at neck 30 and the wings 28 and 29 are bent
forwardly on the angular lines 38 and 39 to form the
large number of separate parts are required.
three struts for supporting the rearward end of plate
It will be noted the invention is applicable to straight
14. The central portion 40 thus forms a transverse
or plane runners or to tubular skates wherein a tube is
substantially vertical strut 40. The wings 28 and 29
formed on or attached to a plane runner for reenforcing
25 extend forwardly therefrom to form the angular longi
the skate.
tudinal struts 28 and 29 as shown. The tips 33 and 34
The above and other objects of the invention will be
clear from the following description when considered in
are bent outwardly and secured to the under surface of
the plate, shown by spot welds 35 adjacent their (then)
forward ends. The (then) lower converged edges of
connection with the drawings, wherein:
FIG. 1 is an elevational view of the forward end of an
the wings are secured to the opposite faces of the run
ice skate constructed in accordance with my invention.
FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of the construction
nor, as by spot welds, shown at 44. The rearward heel
attachment may be provided by the usual circular or rec
shown in FIG. 1, taken on the line 2—2 of FIG. 1.
tangular riser 46 secured to the runner and to the heel
FIG. 3 is a bottom plan view of the construction illus
trated in FIGS. 1 and 2, taken on the line 3—3 of FIG. 1.
of the shoe 45 (see FIG. 7).
‘FIG. 4 is a plan view of the blank from which the at 35 It will be noted the forward wings 19 and 20‘ and rear
ward wings 28 and 29 constitute longitudinal struts ex
tachment frame is formed.
tending toward one another, beneath the plate 14 and
FIG. 5 is a side elevational view, similar to FIG. 1,
illustrating my invention applied to a tubular skate.
that the rearward struts 28 and 29 extend upwardly from
the blade 10 to the plate 14. The upper edges of the
.FIG. 6 is a transverse sectional view thereof, on the
40 rearward projections or struts 28 and 29 contact and
line 6—6 of FIG. 5.
are secured to the plate 14 at positions spaced from the
FIG. 7 is a side elevational view showing the entire ice
skate of FIGS. 1-4 attached to a shoe.
rearward end of the plate 14 and transverse strut 40, the
Referring now to the details of the drawings, the ice
struts converging and extending to the blade at points di
rectly beneath the plate.
skate includes a runner or blade 10 secured to an at
There is accordingly pro‘
tachment frame 12, formed in accordance with my in 45 vided a construction of unusual rigidity and strength.
My invention is equally applicable to tubular ice skates,
vention. The frame includes a shoe plate 14, shaped
as illustrated in FIGS. 5 and 6‘. In this type of skate
and sized for the shoe on which the skate is to be
mounted as shown in FIG. 7.
It will be recognized that the strains and stresses on
an ice skate are severe and that efforts to reinforce the
the runner or blade 47 is reenforced by a split tube 48
50
having a generally cylindrical body 50, conforming to
the shape of the runner, terminating in free edges 52
frame not only increase the weight to an objectionable
extent but seriously interfere with uniform and rapid
assembly of the runner and frame.
These difficulties have been overcome in my present
welded to the runner. In adapting my supporting frame
to a tubular skate the forward end support is unchanged.
vided a blank or stamping shown in FIG. 4, with a main
and curvature of the reenforcing tube.
In both forms of the invention the cut-off corners of
The rearward support varies only in detail.
The slot
between the wings 28 and 29 has a circular upper con
invention by providing a unitary frame which includes 55 ?guration, shown at 53, corresponding to the upper sur
the shoe attachment plate and all supporting elements
face of the tube and the side edges of the wings are spaced
of the frame extending to the runner. Thus there is pro
and curved, as shown at 54, in conformity with the width
body or plate 14, of the size required for the particular
shoe to which it is to be attached, and with the usual 60 the wings provide angled corners where they are secured
curvature for ?tting the shoe. The usual openings 16
to the runner as indicated at 36 in FIG. 1 and 36a in FIG.
for nails or screws are provided and a central weight re
4, thus avoiding the danger of pointed projecting corners.
ducing opening 17 may be provided, if desired.
It will be seen from the foregoing description that there
is provided an integral unitary frame for mounting a
The forward projection 18 includes wings 19 and 20
and an attachment neck 22, considerably wider than the 65 skate blade or runner on a shoe. The blank can be
thickness of the blade 10. Thus when the wings 19 and
easily stamped from sheet metal and the forward and
rearward projections bent to the desired angles where
20 are bent downwardly along the dotted lines 23 (FIG.
4), and the entire forward projection 18 is bent down
they are spot welded to the runner. There are no extra
parts to be collected and held in place as the frame is
wardly at the neck 22, the wings are in position to be
welded to the blade as shown at 24. The material be
tween the the lines 23 thus becomes a transverse verti
cal strut 25, hugging the blade at its upwardly projecting
70 assembled on the runner. When completed the skate is
of unusual strength for the light weight construction used.
The integral construction provides a ?ared connection
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3. An ice skate comprising a blade and a shoe attach
ment frame, said frame including a transverse strut formed
as an integral projection at an end of said plate, extend
between the upper plate and the front end of the runner.
There are provided angular integral cross braces for the
rearward end of the plate, anchored to the skate runner
ing downwardly from said plate to a position adjacent
by the end slots and strengthened by rigid struts extend
ing longitudinally from the runner to the shoe attaching
plate and secured to- both at spaced points. The ice skate
thus constructed is unusually sturdy, is economical to
fabricate and is of uniform construction.
said blade, longitudinal struts constituting integral projec
tions formed on the side edges of said transverse strut
and extending from said transverse strut longitudinally
along and beneath said plate with the upper edges of
said longitudinal struts in contact with said plate at points
The particular constructions here shown, while presently
believed to be the best form of devices now known for 10 spaced from said transverse strut, said longitudinal struts
extending vertically from said blade to said plate and
the intended purpose, are set forth for purposes of illus
means for securing said longitudinal struts rigidly to said
tration only, and not with any intention of limiting the
, blade at points directly beneath said plate.
invention, whose scope is set forth in the claims appended
4. The ice skate recited in claim 3, said longitudinal
struts being inclined inwardly toward one another as they
extend from said plate to positions adjacent said blade.
5. The ice skate recited in claim 4, and means for
hereto.
I claim:
1. An ice skate comprising a runner, a frame for
attaching said runner to a shoe comprising a transverse
securing projecting portions of said. longitudinal struts
shoe attachment plate, a structure for securing an end
of said plate to said runner and including a downwardly
to said plate at the points of contact of said longitudinal
struts and said plate, spaced from said transverse strut.
extending transverse strut, integral with said plate, extend
ing from said plate to a point below the upper edge of said
6. An ice skate comprising a tubular runner and a
runner, with a central slot therein for receiving said
transverse shoe attachment plate, means for securing said
plate to said tubular runner comprising an integral strut
runner, and longitudinally extending struts, integral with
said downwardly extending strut, secured to said plate
projecting downwardly from said plate and formed of
adjacent their forward upper ends at spaced points on 25 generally triangular shape, wider at its upper end and
narrower at its lower end and forwardly projecting winged
said plate and inclined inwardly from spaced positions on
extensions shaped at their lower edges to the form of
said plate toward said runner at their lower ends and
the adjacent upper portion of said tubular runner, said
means for securing the lower ends of said struts rigidly
to said runner.
2. An ice skate comprising a runner and an attach
extensions projecting forwardly beneath said plate at
30 an upwardly diverging angle, corresponding to the tri
ment frame, said frame comprising a unitary structure
embodying a transverse shoe attachment plate and anchor
ing struts at the forward and rearward ends thereof, each
formed as downwardly extending transverse struts with
longitudinally extending projections extending toward one CO Or
another beneath said plate and extending vertically from
positions adjacent the side faces of said runner upwardly
toward said plate, the lower portions of said projections
from said forward and rearward transverse struts being
welded to said runner at spaced points thereon, the upper 40
edges of the projections ‘from said rearward strut con
tacting and being welded to said plate at positions remote
from the rearward end of said plate.
angular shape of said downwardly extending strut, and
means for securing said winged extensions to said tubular
runner and to said plate, at positions spaced from said
downwardly projecting strut.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
UNITED STATES PATENTS
1,310,421
Leake ______________ __ July 22, 1919
1,472,886
2,463,949
Reach ______________ .. Nov. 6, 1923
Carlson _____________ __ Mar. 8, 1949
FOREIGN PATENTS
209,369
Switzerland _________ .._ June 17, 1940
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