||Moore, Thomas L.;
A holster for suspending a folding knife from a wearer's belt is of elongated C-shaped form. The holster has end portions for gripping the ends of the knife, a spine portion against which the knife blade can be folded when inserting the knife in the holster, and a blade catch which fits between the blade and the knife body. When the knife body is pulled from the holster the catch presses against the blade thereby unfolding the knife. The knife fits in the holster with the blade pointing down, and the holster has an opening aiding discharge of foreign material therefrom. A spring detent in one end portion of the holster allows knives of somewhat different length to be accommodated.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates to a knife holster which may, for example, be worn on a belt, the holster being suitable for holding a folding knife, such as a hunting knife with a spring blade, in a manner whereby removal of the knife from the holster is effective in opening the blade so that the knife is ready for immediate use without having to open the blade in a separate operation.
STATEMENT OF PRIOR ART
The following U.S. patents disclose various forms of knife holders, scabbards and the like. None of these, however, discloses a holster having the features of the present invention.
U.S. Pat. No. 2,261,267
U.S. Pat. No. 2,767,530
U.S. Pat. No. 3,958,330
U.S. Pat. No. 4,122,984
U.S. Pat. No. 4,152,831
U.S. Pat. No. 4,426,779
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
In accordance with the invention, a holster for a knife having a body member and a folding blade comprises a sheath generally in the form of an elongated C having end portions formed for gripping the ends of the knife body member when the knife is inserted in the holster. Internally, the holster includes a blade catch for fitting between a tip end portion of the knife blade and the body member is gripped in the holster, the catch preventing the blade from closing completely and also pressing against the blade when the body member is pulled out of the holster so as to unfold the knife. The holster may further include a spine portion against which the knife blade can be folded when inserting the knife in the holster.
Preferably, the knife fits in the holster with the blade pointing down and the holster may have an opening aiding discharge of foreign material therefrom, the opening being defined between the spine portion and the blade catch. A spring detent may be provided in one end portion of the holster so as to accommodate knives of somewhat different length.
Holsters in accordance with the invention allow folding knives to be inserted therein and removed therefrom one-handed in a single motion which is effective also to fold or unfold the knife as the case may be.
These together with other objects and advantages which will become subsequently apparent reside in the details of construction and operation as more fully hereinafter described and claimed, reference being had to the accompanying drawings forming a part hereof, wherein like numerals refer to like parts throughout.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a holster in accordance with the invention shown in position on a wearer's belt, with a hunting knife located in the holster.
FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of the holster.
FIG. 3 is a sectional view on line 3--3 of FIG. 2 with the knife shown in phantom.
DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
Referring initially to FIG. 1, there is illustrated a holster 10 mounted through a loop 12 on a wearer's belt 14, the holster receiving a folded hunting knife 16. As shown in phantom in FIG. 3, the knife, which may be a Buck Hunter Model No. 110 for example, has a body member 18 and a spring folding blade 20. The design of the holster, as will be described, allows the wearer to remove the knife with one hand, the action of which is accompanied by automatic opening of the knife blade, and also allows the wearer to holster the knife with one hand and with the blade open, which action is accompanied by folding of the blade.
Holster 10, which is in the form of a sheath or casing, comprises a pair of side members 22, 24, which may be of brass or other suitable metal or like material, each being shaped generally in the form of an elongate C, the side members having spacer members 26, 28 of Nylon or other similar material located therebetween, and the side members and spacer members being interconnected by rivets 30. Belt loop 12, which may be of thin metal sheet, may be secured to side member 22 by screws 32 and may be provided with a removable plastic spacer 34, or spacers, for sizing the loop accurately to fit the wearer's belt.
Spacer member 26 has an upper arched portion 26a conforming to the shape of the corresponding upper portions 22a, 24a of the side members, and an elongate substantially vertical portion 26b forming a spine at the back of the holster. The inner surface 26c of the spine may be shaped to fit the corresponding outer edge 20c of blade 20.
Spacer member 28 has a base portion 28b conforming generally to the shape of the corresponding base portions 22b, 24b of the side members, and an upwardly extending ramp-like portion 28a forming a blade catch as will be described. Base portion 28b is provided with a spring detent ball 36 for accommodating variations in the length of knives inserted in the holster. A space 38 is provided between spacer members 26 and 28.
The height between the upper portion and base portion of the holster, and the shape of these portions are such as to frictionally grip the ends of the knife body member 18, which action is enhanced by ball 36. In order to holster the knife with its blade open, the blade is inserted in the holster and pressed against spine portion 26b of spacer 26 with a downward sliding motion, while hinging body member 18 of the knife downwardly to fold the body portion into the holster and snap its ends into gripping engagement between the upper and base portions of the holster. In this condition of the knife (FIG. 3) the blade catch portion 28a of spacer 28 fits between the tip end of blade 20 and body member 18 of the knife, preventing the blade from closing completely, so that the spring closing force of the blade acting against catch portion 28a further aids in retaining the knife in the holster. Thus, the holster retains the knife with the blade pointing down and with its tip in the region of opening 38 which aids in discharging foreign material from the holster. The side members have body portions 22c, 24c which may be shaped to cover the knife blade while leaving the body member 18 substantially exposed.
To remove the knife from the holster, it is only necessary to pull outwardly on body member 18, and the pressure of blade 20 against catch portion 28a will automatically unfold the knife, so that it is ready for immediate use. Both insertion of the knife into the holster and removal therefrom accompanied by folding or unfolding of the blade can be done with one hand. In order to ensure that the holster is worn correctly for receiving the knife with the blade pointing down, which is safer and promotes discharge of foreign material, belt loop 12 may be positioned closer to the top of the holster.
The foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.