Title:
Combination wallet and tool holder
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A combination wallet and tool holder which carries wallet contents including credit cards, identification cards, business cards, and money adjacent to a tool preventing the overlapping of the tool and the wallet contents.



Inventors:
Gray, James Troy (Los Osos, CA, US)
Application Number:
10/360304
Publication Date:
08/12/2004
Filing Date:
02/10/2003
Assignee:
GRAY JAMES TROY
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
206/234
International Classes:
A45C1/06; A45C1/08; A45C15/00; (IPC1-7): B65D71/00; A45C1/06; A45C11/18; B65D69/00
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Primary Examiner:
WEAVER, SUE A
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
James, Gray T. (1724 Pine Ave, Los Osos, CA, 93402, US)
Claims:

What I claim as my invention is:



1. A combination wallet and tool holder for holding wallet contents and a tool comprising: an elongated pocket for insertion and removal of a tool; a plurality of rectangular pockets, pivotal about a score line, for insertion and removal of said wallet contents; means for joining said elongated pocket and said rectangular pockets; whereby during use said rectangular pockets overlie each other and are adjacent and coplanar to said elongated pocket.

2. The combination wallet tool holder of claim 1 wherein said wallet contents include conventionally sized credit cards, folded money, and business cards.

3. The combination wallet tool holder of claim 1 wherein said elongated pocket for holding a tool is shaped and sized for holding a multipurpose pocket tool.

4. The combination wallet tool holder of claim 1 wherein said elongated pocket for holding a tool is shaped and dimensioned for holding a multipurpose pocket tool with at least one knife blade.

5. The combination wallet tool holder of claim 1 wherein said elongated pocket and said rectangular pockets are made of one or more materials selected from the group consisting of leather, plastics, fabrics, and canvas.

6. The combination wallet tool holder of claim 1 whereby said combination fits into a human pants pocket and the like.

7. A combination wallet and tool holder for holding wallet contents and tool comprising: a rectangular back panel; at least two rectangular front panels joined to said rectangular back panel along the edges; with one edge of said rectangular front panels being not joined to receive credit cards and the like; at least one score line for pivotally moving said joined panels to overlie each other during use; an elongated pocket, parallel, not overlapping said joined panels during use; means for joining said elongated pocket and said joined panels.

8. The combination wallet tool holder of claim 7 wherein said joined panels are suitably sized to receive credit cards and the like.

9. The combination wallet tool holder of claim 7 wherein said elongated pocket is suitably sized for holding a pocket tool.

10. The combination wallet tool holder of claim 7 wherein the said combination wallet and tool holder is made of leather.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] Not applicable.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

[0002] Not applicable.

REFERENCE TO SEQUENCE LISTING, A TABLE, OR A COMPUTER PROGRAM LISTING COMPACT DISK APPENDIX

[0003] Not applicable.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0004] 1. Field of the Invention

[0005] This invention relates to a wallet and more particularly to a wallet for carrying a tool adjacent to credit cards, money, business cards and the like.

[0006] 2. The Prior Art

[0007] Many individuals carry both a wallet and a tool as personal effects.

[0008] A common method for carrying a tool is to carry it in a sheath on a waist belt. This proved to be unsatisfactory because the sheath would get caught on seat belts and other things that come in contact with the waist. Also, the sheath does not conceal well and distracts from professional attire.

[0009] Another common method for carrying a tool is to carry the tool in front or rear pants pocket. This proved to be unsatisfactory because the tool can shift locations in the pocket creating discomfort while sitting. Carrying the tool next to the wallet in a pants pocket also proved to be unsatisfactory because the tool and wallet can shift locations, become stacked upon each other and create discomfort.

[0010] A more recent approach is shown in U.S. Pat. No. 5,778,954 issued Jul. 14, 1998 to Sullivan and Jessup. In Sullivan and Jessup's wallet the user is given a means for carrying both a wallet and a tool, and in this case the tool is a knife.

[0011] This wallet is not entirely satisfactory for the following reasons. The tool is kept in one of a plurality of layers of the wallet. The tool adds undue thickness to the wallet. This additional thickness creates discomfort while sitting or standing in the front or rear pants pocket.

[0012] With this in mind the inventor set out to create a better wallet.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0013] It occurred to the present inventor that it would be more comfortable to carry a tool adjacent to a wallet while not allowing the tool to overlap with the wallet. Thus in accordance with the present invention, the tool is kept in a pocket adjacent to the wallet, not allowing the tool to overlap other sections of the wallet.

[0014] The present inventor also was conscious of the fact that if the device were to be functional it would need elements found in a standard wallet such as pockets to carry credit cards and money.

[0015] Thus it is the object of the present invention to provide a wallet that carries both a tool and items normally found in a wallet while not adding additional thickness to the wallet, therefore minimizing any discomfort from the use of said wallet.

[0016] The novel features which are believed to be characteristic of the invention, both as to its structure and method of use, together with further objects and advantages thereof, will be better understood from the following description considered in connection with the accompanying drawings in which a preferred embodiment of the invention is illustrated by way of example. It is to be expressly understood, however, that the drawings are for the purpose of illustration and description only and are not intended as a definition of the limits of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING

[0017] FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the device of the present invention in use; and,

[0018] FIG. 2 is a front perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0019] The combination wallet and tool holder 10 can best be understood by a study of FIGS. 1 and 2 along with the following description. The combination wallet and tool holder allows a human to carry in a conventional pants pocket a tool 12 adjacent to credit cards 34, business cards 30, and money 32 while not overlapping said items.

[0020] The combination wallet and tool holder 10 has an elongated pocket 14, which frictionally holds a tool 12. The elongated pocket 14, has an opening 16 and a bottom 20. The tool 12 can be frictionally inserted or removed from the elongated pocket 14. The combination wallet and tool holder 10 has rectangular pockets 22 and 24 which hold credit cards 34, business cards 30, money 32, and the like. The rectangular pockets 22 and 24 have openings 26 and 28 to facilitate in the insertion and removal of credit cards 34, business cards 30, and money 32. The combination wallet and tool holder 10 can be closed and prepared for insertion into a pants pocket or other carrier by folding along a score line 18.

[0021] The combination wallet and tool holder 10 is made from durable material such as leather, plastics, fabrics, canvas, or the like. It is sewn together using nylon thread or the like.

[0022] To use the combination wallet and tool holder 10 a human would insert credit cards 34, business cards 30, and money 32 in to the rectangular pockets 22 and 24. Also, a human would insert a tool 12 into the elongated pocket 14. The tool 12 is a pocket tool with at least one knife blade. The human would then fold the combination wallet and tool holder 10 along the score line 18 and insert the combination wallet and tool holder 10 into a front or rear pants pocket or other carrier. This action would allow a human to carry a tool 12 adjacent and coplanar to the standard contents of a wallet without adding appreciable thickness to the previous wallet's dimension.

[0023] The foregoing detailed description is illustrative of one embodiment of the invention, and it is to be understood that additional embodiments thereof will be obvious to those skilled in the art. The embodiments described herein together with those additional embodiments are considered to be within the scope of the invention.