Title:
Brush tilting mechanism
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention comprises in combination a paint brush and a brush tilting mechanism including a paint brush of the type including a ferrule, bristles and a handle; and includes a ferrule having a raised portion such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface. In an alternate embodiment the present invention comprises in combination a paint brush and a brush tilting mechanism including said paint brush including a brush head attached to a paint brush handle, wherein said brush head oriented substantially along a brush plane; said paint brush handle including a handle section integrally part of said paint brush handle and substantially oriented along a handle axis, said handle axis spaced from and substantially parallel to said brush plane, such that said paint brush being adapted to be gripped in a hand; and includes a ferrule having a raised portion such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.



Inventors:
Vaes, Ed (Hamilton, CA)
Koch, Mark A. (Hamilton, CA)
Application Number:
09/888549
Publication Date:
12/26/2002
Filing Date:
06/26/2001
Assignee:
VAES ED
KOCH MARK A.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
15/171, 15/246, 15/DIG.4, 248/688, 15/168
International Classes:
A46B3/12; A46B5/00; (IPC1-7): A46B17/08
View Patent Images:
Related US Applications:
20050086760Multi-compartment cleaning bucketApril, 2005Young
20030019063Picture display toothbrushJanuary, 2003Abraham
20080201879Foot cleaning deviceAugust, 2008Heidemeyer
20040019993Floor mat with thermoformed insert areaFebruary, 2004Blum et al.
20030074754Surface treatment toolApril, 2003Holden
20070240278Automatic cleaning systemOctober, 2007Macdonald
20040094180Teeth cleaning brush stickMay, 2004Hsu
20090089963PICK-UP HEAD HAVING AT LEAST ONE MAIN BROOM THEREIN, FOR A MOBILE SWEEPING VEHICLEApril, 2009Vanderlinden
20070186372Vacuum cleaner filter cleaning mechanismsAugust, 2007Rowntree et al.
20070130724Telescopic vacuum-cleaner wandJune, 2007Schiemann
20040006843Wet and dry horizontal vacuum cleanerJanuary, 2004Cankurtaran



Primary Examiner:
KARLS, SHAY LYNN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Mark A. Koch (Hamilton, ON, CA)
Claims:

We claim:



1. In combination a paint brush and a brush tilting mechanism comprising: (a) a paint brush of the type including a ferrule, bristles and a handle; and (b) a means for tilting the bristles of the brush upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

2. The combination paint brush and brush tilting mechanism claimed in claim 1, wherein said tilting means positions the bristles of the brush head upwardly away from a flat surface at an angle theta relative a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

3. The combination paint brush and brush tilting mechanism claimed in claim 1 wherein said tilting means includes a ferrule having a raised portion such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

4. The combination paint brush and brush tilting mechanism claimed in claim 3 wherein said raised portion includes at least one dimple.

5. The combination paint brush and brush tilting mechanism claimed in claim 3 wherein said raised portion includes at least one ridge.

6. The combination paint brush and brush tilting mechanism claimed in claim 1 wherein said tilting means includes an adaptor piece including a raised portion for releasably positioning onto said ferrule such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

7. The combination paint brush and brush tilting mechanism claimed in claim 1 wherein said tilting means includes a sleeve including a raised portion for releasably positioning onto said ferrule such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

8. In combination a paint brush and a brush tilting mechanism comprising: (a) said paint brush including a brush head attached to a paint brush handle, wherein said brush head oriented substantially along a brush plane; (b) said paint brush handle including a handle section integrally part of said paint brush handle and substantially oriented along a handle axis, said handle axis spaced from and substantially parallel to said brush plane, such that said paint brush being adapted to be gripped in a hand; and (c) said tilting mechanism including a means for tilting the bristles of said paint brush upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

9. In combination a paint brush and a brush tilting mechanism comprising: (a) said paint brush including a brush head attached to a paint brush handle, wherein said brush head oriented substantially along a brush plane; (b) said paint brush handle including a handle section integrally part of said paint brush handle and substantially oriented along a handle axis, said handle axis spaced from and substantially parallel to said brush plane, such that said paint brush being adapted to be gripped in a hand; and (c) said tilting mechanism including a means for tilting the bristles of the brush head upwardly away from a flat surface at an angle theta relative a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

10. The combination paint brush and brush tilting mechanism claimed in claim 8 wherein said tilting means includes a ferrule having a raised portion such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

11. The combination paint brush and brush tilting mechanism claimed in claim 10 wherein said raised portion includes at least one dimple.

12. The combination paint brush and brush tilting mechanism claimed in claim 10 wherein said raised portion includes a ridge.

13. The combination paint brush and brush tilting mechanism claimed in claim 8 wherein said tilting means includes an adaptor piece including a raised portion for releasably positioning onto said paint brush such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

14. The combination paint brush and brush tilting mechanism claimed in claim 8 wherein said tilting means includes a sleeve including a raised portion for releasably positioning onto said paint brush such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates generally to brush tilting mechanism and more specifically to a mechanism for tilting a paint brush.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The problem encountered with traditional paint brushes is that when they are set down, the bristles of the brush tend to lay on a flat surface on which the brush is placed. It would be useful to be able to place a brush onto a flat surface without the bristles touching the blat surface. This is particularly important when bristles are loaded with paint in order to prevent contamination of the paint on the bristles from dirt or dust which may be laying on the surface on which the paint brush is placed.

[0003] Therefore, it is desirable to have a brush tilting mechanism which allows for the bristles of the paint brush to be elevated off a flat surface thereby preventing contamination of the paint on the bristles and allowing the user of a paint brush to be able to place the paint brush down in any location without being concerned about the bristles being contaminated or the surface on which the paint brush is being placed on being contaminated with paint.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] The present invention comprises in combination a paint brush and a brush tilting mechanism including:

[0005] (a) a paint brush of the type including a ferrule, bristles and a handle; and

[0006] (b) a means for tilting the bristles of the brush upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

[0007] An alternate embodiment of the present invention comprises in combination a paint brush and a brush tilting mechanism including:

[0008] (a) a paint brush of the type including a ferrule, bristles and a handle; and

[0009] (b) a means for tilting the bristles of the brush head upwardly away from a flat surface at an angle theta relative a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

[0010] Preferably wherein said tilting means includes a ferrule having a raised portion such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

[0011] Preferably wherein said raised portion includes at least one dimple.

[0012] Preferably wherein said raised portion includes at least one ridge.

[0013] Preferably wherein said tilting means includes an adaptor piece including a raised portion for releasably positioning onto said ferrule such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

[0014] Preferably wherein said tilting means includes a sleeve including a raised portion for releasably positioning onto said ferrule such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

[0015] An alternate embodiment of the present invention comprises in combination a paint brush and a brush tilting mechanism including:

[0016] (a) said paint brush including a brush head attached to a paint brush handle, wherein said brush head oriented substantially along a brush plane;

[0017] (b) said paint brush handle including a handle section integrally part of said paint brush handle and substantially oriented along a handle axis, said handle axis spaced from and substantially parallel to said brush plane, such that said paint brush being adapted to be gripped in a hand; and

[0018] (c) said tilting mechanism including a means for tilting the bristles of said paint brush upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

[0019] An alternate embodiment of the present invention comprises in combination a paint brush and a brush tilting mechanism including:

[0020] (a) said paint brush including a brush head attached to a paint brush handle, wherein said brush head oriented substantially along a brush plane;

[0021] (b) said paint brush handle including a handle section integrally part of said paint brush handle and substantially oriented along a handle axis, said handle axis spaced from and substantially parallel to said brush plane, such that said paint brush being adapted to be gripped in a hand; and

[0022] (c) said tilting mechanism including a means for tilting the bristles of the brush head upwardly away from a flat surface at an angle theta relative a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

[0023] Preferably wherein said tilting means includes a ferrule having a raised portion such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

[0024] Preferably wherein said raised portion includes at least one dimple.

[0025] Preferably wherein said raised portion includes a ridge.

[0026] Preferably wherein said tilting means includes an adaptor piece including a raised portion for releasably positioning onto said paint brush such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

[0027] Preferably wherein said tilting means includes a sleeve including a raised portion for releasably positioning onto said paint brush such that the bristles of the brush are oriented upwardly away from a flat surface when said paint brush being laid onto a flat surface.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0028] FIG. 1 is a bottom perspective view of a paint brush ferrel.

[0029] FIG. 2 is a top perspective view of a paint brush ferrel.

[0030] FIG. 3 is a bottom perspective view of a paint brush ferrel.

[0031] FIG. 4 is a top perspective view of a paint brush ferrel.

[0032] FIG. 5 is a top plan view of a paint brush ferrel showing a single dimple providing for a ridge.

[0033] FIG. 6 is a left plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 5.

[0034] FIG. 7 is a right elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 5.

[0035] FIG. 8 is a front elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 5.

[0036] FIG. 9 is a bottom plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 5.

[0037] FIG. 10 is a top plan view of a paint brush ferrel showing a single dimple providing for a ridge.

[0038] FIG. 11 is a left plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 10.

[0039] FIG. 12 is a right elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 10.

[0040] FIG. 13 is a front elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 10.

[0041] FIG. 14 is a bottom plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 10.

[0042] FIG. 15 is a top plan view of a paint brush ferrel showing a single dimple providing for a ridge.

[0043] FIG. 16 is a left plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 15.

[0044] FIG. 17 is a right elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 15.

[0045] FIG. 18 is a front elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 15.

[0046] FIG. 19 is a bottom plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 15.

[0047] FIG. 20 is a top plan view of a paint brush ferrel showing a single dimple providing for a ridge.

[0048] FIG. 21 is a left plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 20.

[0049] FIG. 22 is a right elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 20.

[0050] FIG. 23 is a front elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 20.

[0051] FIG. 24 is a bottom plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 20.

[0052] FIG. 25 is a schematic top plan view of a paint brush handle together with a ferrel end bristles showing the paint brush tilting mechanism.

[0053] FIG. 26 is a side elevational plan view of the paint brush handle together with the brush and ferrel placed onto a flat surface.

[0054] FIG. 27 is a schematic top plan view of a paint brush handle together with a ferrel end bristles showing the paint brush tilting mechanism.

[0055] FIG. 28 is a side elevational plan view of the paint brush handle together with the brush and ferrel placed onto a flat surface.

[0056] FIG. 29 is a schematic top plan view of a paint brush handle together with a ferrel end bristles showing the paint brush tilting mechanism.

[0057] FIG. 30 is a side elevational plan view of the paint brush handle together with the brush and ferrel placed onto a flat surface.

[0058] FIG. 31 is a schematic top plan view of a paint brush handle together with a ferrel end bristles showing the paint brush tilting mechanism.

[0059] FIG. 32 is a side elevational plan view of the paint brush handle together with the brush and ferrel placed onto a flat surface.

[0060] FIG. 33 is a schematic top plan view of a paint brush handle together with a ferrel end bristles showing the paint brush tilting mechanism.

[0061] FIG. 34 is a side elevational plan view of the paint brush handle together with the brush and ferrel placed onto a flat surface.

[0062] FIG. 35 is a top perspective schematic view of a paint brush tilting device.

[0063] FIG. 36 is a inside perspective view of the paint brush tilting device shown in FIG. 35.

[0064] FIG. 37 shows the paint brush tilting device shown in FIG. 35 being mounted onto a paint brush handle.

[0065] FIG. 38 is a inside perspective view of an alternate paint brush tilting device.

[0066] FIG. 39 is a bottom inside perspective view of the paint brush tilting device shown in FIG. 38.

[0067] FIG. 40 shows the paint brush tilting device shown in FIG. 38 being mounted onto a paint brush handle.

[0068] FIG. 41 is a top plan view of a paint brush ferrel showing a single dimple providing for a ridge.

[0069] FIG. 42 is a left plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 41.

[0070] FIG. 43 is a right elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 41.

[0071] FIG. 44 is a front elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 41.

[0072] FIG. 45 is a bottom plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 41.

[0073] FIG. 46 is a top plan view of a paint brush ferrel showing a single dimple providing for a ridge.

[0074] FIG. 47 is a left plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 46.

[0075] FIG. 48 is a right elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 46.

[0076] FIG. 49 is a front elevational plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 46.

[0077] FIG. 50 is a bottom plan view of the paint brush ferrel shown in FIG. 46.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0078] Referring to FIGS. 31 and 32, the present invention a brush tilting mechanism showing generally as 100 comprises a ridge 110 which is integrally part of a ferrel 102 which is used to manufacture a brush head 106. A brush head 106 normally includes bristles 104 and a ferrel 102. In the manufacturing process a metal ferrel is manufactured to assemble together a handle 118 with a ferrel 102, and for gluing of bristles 104 into ferrel 102. The problem encountered with traditional brushes is that when they are set down, the bristles 104 tend to lay on a surface on which the brush is placed. It would be useful to be able to place a brush onto a flat surface 120 without bristles 104 touching said flat surface. This is particularly important when bristles 104 are loaded with paint in order to prevent contamination of the paint on bristles 104 from dirt and or dust which may be laying on flat surface 120. In addition, paint on bristles 104 will not be applied onto flat surface 120.

[0079] In order to raise bristles 104 off of flat surface 120, a small ridge 110 is added to ferrel 102. When such a ridge 110 is introduced onto ferrel 102 the weight of handle 118 causes the entire brush 130 to pivot and come to rest with ridge 110 touching flat surface and a rest point 114 also touching flat surface 120. Rest point 114 usually being somewhere near the rear portion of shoulder 112 of handle 118. The resulting tilting of brush 130 creates an angle theta 122 between flat surface 120 and bristles 104.

[0080] For maximum effectiveness, the handle 118 of brush 130 shown is of the bent handle type and/or the ergonomic handle type which allows for significant tilting back of handle 118 with the introduction of ridge 110.

[0081] Brush tilting mechanism 100 as best shown in FIGS. 31 and 32 is applied to a bent paint brush handle 118 as shown. Handle 118 includes a handle section 440 oriented along a handle axis 420, a transition section 424 connecting the handle section 440 of the handle to the head section 442 of the handle. Brush head 106 of brush 130 is oriented along a brush plane 422 as best shown in FIG. 32. Brush head 106 is mounted to handle 118 proximate shoulder 112 of head section 442. Handle axis 420 is spaced from and parallel to brush plane 422 thereby enabling the brush tilting mechanism namely ridge 110 to tilt handle 118 such that bristles 104 of brush head 106 are elevated and tilted at an angle theta 122 relative a flat surface 120. The brush tilting ridge 110 ensures that brush 130 comes to rest on ridge 110 and rest point 114 as shown in FIG. 32. The handle 118 further including a brush end 430 upon which brush head 106 is mounted on. Brush head 106 includes ferrule 102 and bristles 104.

[0082] Referring now to FIGS. 25 and 26, the ridge 110 has been placed closer to bristles 104 and this results in an angle delta 132 which is less than angle theta 122. In other words, the placement of the ridge 110 in relationship to the shoulder 112 will determine the angle theta or delta which is achieved. By way of example, by moving ridge 110 closer and closer to shoulder 112, the angle between the flat surface 120 and the bristles 104 becomes greater.

[0083] Referring now to FIGS. 27 and 28 which show the present invention in use with a standard straight handle 218 brush, brush tilting mechanism 200 in this case shown with a normally straight handle brush 230 having handle 218, bristles 204, ferrel 202 making up brush head 206. As depicted in FIGS. 27 and 28, ridge 210 which is located and integrally part of ferrel 202, tilts bristles 204 off of flat surface 220 by the amount of angle gamma 222. In this case, because handle 218 is of the straight type and not bent, the handle pivots about ridge 210 and comes to rest on a raised portion ridge 210 and rest point 214 which is very near the end of handle 218.

[0084] Referring now to the rest of the figures, there are many combinations and different approaches for providing of raised portions or ridges 110. FIGS. 1 to 40 show a ferrel having two ridges 110. FIGS. 5 through 9, show a ferrel 102 having a single dimple 302 type ridge. FIGS. 10 through 14 show a double dimple 300 type ridge. FIGS. 15 through 18, show an elongated dimple 304 type ridge. FIGS. 20 through 24 show a double dimple ridge showing a spread apart orientation of the said ridges. FIGS. 35 and 36, show an adaptor piece 310 which can be used for retrofitting an existing brush handle with a raised portion pivoting point 312 or a ridge. As shown in FIGS. 35 and 36 the adaptor piece 310 shown can be slid onto any existing ferrel of a brush in order to allow for tilting of the brush handle.

[0085] FIG. 38 and 39, show a different combination of similar retrofit mechanism for placing on a brush, wherein in FIG. 40, is shown how the sleeve 320 can be fit over an existing brush. FIGS. 41 through 45 show an alternate arrangement to the raised portion namely ridge 330.