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May 14, 1963
T. c. KAss ETAL
3,089,619
COMBINED BOX OPENER AND DISPENSER
Filed April 3, 1961
BY Jiffy 2 X453
Q2411 ;
United States Patent O?lice
3,089,619
Patented May 14, 1963 t
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3,089,619
COMBINED BOX OPENER AND DISPENSER
Theodore C. Kass and Jerry R. Kass, both of RED. 2,
Ravenna, Mich.
Filed Apr. 3, 1961, Ser. No. 100,136
4 Claims. (Cl. 222-81)
-17 and 18. The ends of side 20 are similarly designed
to form cutting edges 21 and 22. The purpose for the
cutting edges will be explained more fully hereinafter.
The V-shaped body back 23 is affixed to the sides ad
jacent the cutting edges 18 and 22. The back 23 is
recessed slightly, as shown in FIG. 3, so that it does not
interfere with the cutting edges. The front of the body
is open, as best shown in FIGS. 1 and 13. The open
front provides a flow path for material contained within
ticularly to a combined box opener and dispenser.
' Although combined box openers and dispensers are 10 a carton to enter the body cavity 24 formed by sides 16,
20 and back 23.
previously known, they do not include the novel features
A?ixed to the joined bottom edges or apex of sides
of this invention. These improvements include the man
16 and 20 is a cutting blade 26. It is of the shape of
ner in which the sides of the dispenser body are shaped
the point of a conventional knife blade having an arcuate
to form cutting edges on the sides thereof. These cut
ting edges cooperate with a blade formed on the bottom 15 portion 26a and a straight portion 26b. The straight
portion of the blade is in the same plane as the back 23.
of the dispenser to sever the carton along a line parallel
The arcuate portion of the blade starts from this plane
with the sides of the carton and along lines transverse
and continues to the other end of the body 15. Thus,
to the side of the carton. The upwardly and outwardly
the blade 26 is of the same width as the bottom edges
diverging construction of the sides forces the portion of
the carton severed downwardly and inwardly, provid 20 of the sides. The blade is sharp to facilitate cutting of
the carton.
ing for easy insertion of the dispenser.
v A collar 28 is a?ixed to the top edges of sides 16 and
It is therefore an object of this invention to provide
20. The collar 28 is a ringlike member and projects
a dispenser which is easily insertable in a carton.
above the top edges of sides 16 and 20.
Still another object of this invention is to provide a
A?ixed to the collar 28 is a top 30. The top 30 has
dispenser having a blade for cutting the carton in one 25
a ?at generally rectangular shaped platform 31 with a
direction and cutting edges formed thereon for severing
This invention relates to a dispenser, and more par
centrally disposed aperture which receives the upper por
tion of the collar 28. The portion of the collar 28 which
extends above the platform 31 forms the spout 36. The
dispenser having resilient clips for retaining the dispenser 30 top is a?ixed to the collar by conventional fastening
the carton in a transverse direction to facilitate inser
tion of the dispenser in the carton.
Still another object of this invention is to provide a
on the carton after it has been inserted.
means.
These and other objects and advantages will become
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Formed integral with the platform 31 are side clips 32
more apparent upon reading the speci?cation in con~
and 134. The side clips 32 and ‘34 are formed from the
junction with the accompanying drawings.
top 30 by merely bending the end portions of the plat
35 forms 31 downwardly. The ends of the side clips 32 and
In the drawings:
34- are shown crirnped to increase the resiliency of the
“FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the dispenser shown
members and form a bearing surface which engages the
located over a carton, the severance lines being shown
side of the carton to retain the dispenser in position.
in phantom on the carton;
Although not shown, it is to be understood that within
FIG. 2 is an end elevational view showing the dispenser
40 the broadest aspect of the invention the side clips 32 and
inserted in a carton; I
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34 may be extended to a point just beyond the point of
.FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view taken along the sec
tion lines IIl—I;II_‘of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view taken along the sec
cutting blade 26. A ?ange of similar length may be
extended from the end of platform 31 along the back
23 of the body. This v?ange would be placed on the
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Basically, this invention relates to a dispenser which 45 top of the carton, as shown in FIG. 1 and the extended
side clips on the sides to properly position the dispenser
is also utilized to open a carton. The dispenser has a
tion lines IV—~IV of FIG. 1.
to be inserted in the carton.
A conventional cap 38 is a?ixed to one leaf of a hinge
‘3-9 which is also secured to the platform 61. The cap 38
and outwardly, forming a V-shaped member. The ends
of the sides are ?ared outwardly to form cutting edges. 50 may be pivoted to a position to cover the spout and to
an open position.
A cutting blade is a?ixed to the bottom of the sides.
Although the dispenser assembly 10 may be made from
The front of the body is open and forms a ?ow path for
metal, it is to be understood that within the broadest
the contents of the carton to enter the cavity formed by
aspect of the invention it can also be molded from plas~
the sides and back. The top of the sides are connected
to a collar which in turn is af?xed to a top. The collar 55 tic or similar material.
is extended above the top and forms a spout. The spout
body which includes sides and a back.
The sides are
connected together at the bottom and diverge upwardly
Operation
thus communicates with the body cavity. The top is
also provided with resilient clip members which depend
Cereal is normally enclosed in a wax paper bag, shown
downwardly and overlie the body sides. A cap is hing
in phantom as 50, and placed inside the cereal carton
60
edly connected to the top and may be pivoted to a spout
45 (FIG. 1). The fold of the sack is placed adjacent
covering position.
the top of the carton. Due to this fold of the sack 50,
The dispenser assembly is designated generally as 10.
it is desirable to place the point of cutting blade 26 at
The assembly includes the dispenser body 15, blade 26,
a point somewhat below the top so as not to interfere
collar 28, top 30, and cap 38.
with this fold. Thus, the point of cutting blade 26 is
Referring more speci?cally to the details of the inven 65 positioned at approximately the junction point of sever
tion, FIGS. 1, .3 and 4 best show the dispenser body ‘15.
ance lines 46 and 48.
The dispenser body 15 is generally V-shaped as viewed
With the point of the cutting blade '26 properly posi
from the end in FIG. 1. This shape is obtained from
tioned, pressure is applied to the top of the dispenser.
side members or legs 16 and 20 which are connected
together along their bottom edge and formed so as to 70 The blade will puncture the carton 45 and the sack 50
and the arcuate cutting surface of the blade 26 will sever
diverge outwardly and upwardly. The ends of the side
the carton and sack 50 along the severance line 46.
16 are bent or ?ared outwardly to form cutting edges
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When the cutting blade is fully inserted, the severance
in the hereinafter appended claims unless these claims
by their language expressly state otherwise.
line 46 will have been completed.
Continued pressure on the dispenser top 30 will result
in the cutting edges 17 and 21 severing the carton 45
and package 50 along the severance line 47, and the
cutting edges 18 and 22 severing the carton and package
said body means having upwardly divergent sides and a
back forming a cavity with an open front, the edges of
50 along the. severance line 48.
We claim:
1. A dispenser for cartons comprising: body means;
Due to the upwardly
said sides being outwardly ?ared to form cutting edges;
and‘ outwardly diverging shape of sides 16 and 20, the
portion of the‘carton 45 and package 50 within the sever
a cutting blade at the apex of said sides; a top on said
dispenser in position.
munication with material, in said carton so that the ma
body, including a spout communicable with said cavity,
ance lines will be folded downwardly and inwardly as 10 whereby pressure on said top results in said cutting blade
severing said carton in one direction and said cutting
these‘rnembers are cut. The dispenser is inserted until
edges severing said carton in a transverse‘ direction allow
the top platform 31 rests against the carton.
ing insertion of said dispenser into said carton, and the
The resilient side clips 32 and 34 will adjust to the
severed ?aps of said carton being depressed along said
particular thickness of the carton and the crimped bear
ing surface will bear against the carton to maintain the 15 divergent sides with said open front being in full com
When the dispenser is fully inserted, the open front
allows the material within the carton to ?ow into the
body cavity 24. The collar 28, including spout 36, com
municates with the body cavity 24. Thus, when the cap
38 is open, the’material within the carton is free to flow
into the body cavity 24 and out the spout 36. When the
proper amount of cereal has been dispensed, the cap 38 is
positioned to cover the spout 36 and the cereal may be
stored. Since the dispenser top lies ?at against the side 25
terial can be discharged through said spout.
2. A dispenser for containers comprising: a top having
an outlet; a hollow generally V-shaped body having legs
extending downwardly from said top to an apex and
including an end opening between the legs and com
municable with said outlet; a cutting means formed at
the apex of said V-shaped body; and said legs each hav
ing a pair of ?ared cutting edges adapted to sever ?aps
from a container as pressure is applied to said top, with
of the carton 45, the carton may be stored as usual.
said legs causing depression of the severed ?aps along
When the carton is empty, the dispenser is removed
by merely pulling it out of the carton. The dispenser
the sides of the legs to provide free ?ow of material in
said container through said end opening and out said
thereafter may be inserted in a new carton.
top outlet.
3. The dispenser in claim 2 wherein the cutting means
From the above description it is clear that the dispenser 30
is a blade extension located at the apex of the legs of
may be readily inserted in the carton. The arrangement
said V-shaped body.
of the cutting blade and the cutting edges in conjunction
4. A dispenser for containers comprising: a top hav
with the shape of the dispenser body provide novel means
ing
an outlet; a pair of side members extending from said
for inserting the dispenser in the carton by merely apply
ing-pressure to the top of the dispenser. The dispenser is
constructed of ‘a minimum number of parts and there
fore provides a competitive article of manufacture. The
dispenser, after being inserted in the carton, assumes a
position which is'almost flush with the side of the carton 40
thereby facilitating storage. The design of the side clips
top converging downwardly toward each other de?ning
a cavity; at least one open end between said side mem
bers; and a blade‘ extension along the apex of said con
verging side members, whereby ?aps severed by said
blade are depressed sideways by said side members so
as not to interfere with ?ow of material through said
open end and out said top outlet.
provides a means for adapting the dispenser to cartons
of different thicknesses; however, the resiliency of the
side clips maintains the dispenser in position.
While a, preferred embodiment of this invention has
been described, it will be understood that modi?cations
and improvements may be made thereto. Such of these
modi?cations and improvements as incorporate the prin
ciples of this invention are to be considered as included
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