Title:
MAGNETIC BRUSH
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A brush storage and retrieval apparatus that includes one or more hairbrushes of novel construction, each of which comprises a magnet disposed in the handle portion thereof so that the hairbrush can be releasably secured to the ferrous metal surface of the storage base of the apparatus. Each of the hairbrushes includes a body portion having a plurality of bristles extending outwardly therefrom and a handle portion within which the magnet is mounted in a manner to permit the hairbrush to be positioned on the ferrous metal surface and releasably secured in position thereon until removal by the user of the brush.



Inventors:
Yu, Jackie (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Application Number:
09/898872
Publication Date:
01/02/2003
Filing Date:
07/02/2001
Assignee:
YU JACKIE
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
15/159.1, 15/257.01, 15/143.1
International Classes:
A46B5/00; (IPC1-7): A46B5/00; A46B15/00; A46B17/00; A47F5/00
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Primary Examiner:
GIBSON, ROBERT W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
James E. Brunton, Esquire (Glendale, CA, US)
Claims:

I claim:



1. A brush comprising: (a) a body; (b) a multiplicity of bristles connected to and extending from said body; (c) a handle having a first end connected to said body and a second end spaced apart from said first end; and (d) a magnet connected to said second end of said handle.

2. The brush as defined in claim 1 in which said second end of said handle has a cavity formed therein and in which said magnet is at least partially received within said cavity.

3. The brush as defined in claim 2 in which said magnet includes a generally planar surface arranged to engage a ferrous metal object.

4. The brush as defined in claim 2 in which said cavity in said handle is generally cylindrical in shape and in which said magnet is substantially cylindrical in shape and includes a portion that is closely received within said cavity.

5. A hair brush presentation apparatus comprising: (a) a ferrous metal base having a generally planar surface; (b) at least one hair brush removably affixed to said base in a spaced apart relationship, each said hair brush comprising: (i) a body; (ii) a multiplicity of bristles connected to and extending from said body; (iii) a handle having a first end connected to said body and a second end spaced apart from said first end; and (iv) a magnet connected to said second end of said handle.

6. The apparatus as defined in claim 5 in which said magnet includes a generally planar surface arranged to engage said ferrous metal base.

7. The apparatus as defined in claim 6 in which said brush extends generally perpendicularly from said base.

8. The apparatus as defined in claim 6 in which said brush extends generally perpendicularly upwardly from said base.

9. The apparatus as defined in claim 6 in which said brush extends downwardly from said base.

10. A hairbrush presentation apparatus comprising: (a) a ferrous metal base having a surface; (b) a plurality of hairbrushes removably affixed to said base in a spaced apart relationship, each said hairbrush comprising: (i) an elongated body; (ii) a multiplicity of bristles connected to and extending from said body; (iii) an elongated handle having a first end connected to said body and a second end spaced apart from said first end, said second end having a cavity formed therein; and (iv) a generally cylindrically shaped magnet mounted within said cavity in said second end of said handle.

11. The apparatus as defined in claim 10 in which said ferrous metal base has a planar surface and in which said magnet includes a generally planar surface arranged to engage said planar surface of said ferrous metal base.

12. The apparatus as defined in claim 11 in which said hair brushes extend generally perpendicularly from said base.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] The present invention relates generally to brushes. More particularly, the invention concerns a novel hairbrush having a magnet disposed in the handle portion thereof so that the brush can be releasably secured to a metal object for ease of storage and retrieval.

[0003] 2. Discussion of the Prior Art

[0004] Hair brushes having a wide variety of different configurations have been developed in the past. Typically, the common prior art brush comprises a body portion from which a multiplicity of bristles extend and an elongated handle portion that is connected to and extends outwardly from the body portion.

[0005] A major problem that is experienced by persons having more than one brush and particularly by professional hairdressers who use several brushes, is storage of the brushes in a manner to prevent damage to the brushes and in a way to permit the ready retrieval of the brushes from their storage area. For example, when several brushes are stored in a drawer or like storage area, the brushes tend to become entangled and the bristles can be easily damaged. Further, retrieval of a single selected brush from several brushes within such a storage area can be quite cumbersome.

[0006] It is the solution to the problems discussed in the preceding paragraph that is the subject of the present invention. In this regard, the present inventor determined that the ideal manner of storage of brushes, such as hair brushes, would be to position the brushes in a compact storage area in an arrangement wherein the brushes would be separated from one another so that the bristle portion of the brushes would not touch and would not, therefore, be entangled or damaged. Additionally, the inventor reasoned that in an ideal storage arrangement, the user should be able to clearly view the several brushes and quickly and easily remove a selected brush from the storage area without having to untangle one brush from another.

[0007] With the foregoing objects in mind, the ideal solution to the prior art storage problems conceivably by the present inventor was to store the brushes in an upright position. As will be better understood from the description that follows, this unique storage arrangement is accomplished by affixing a magnet to the brush proximate the butt end of the handle. With this construction, the brushes can be arranged in a spaced-apart configuration on any ferrous metal surface with the brushes extending either upwardly or downwardly from the surface.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] It is an object of the present invention to provide a brush storage and retrieval apparatus in that includes one or more hairbrushes of novel construction, each of which comprises a magnet disposed in the handle portion thereof so that the hairbrush can be releasably secured to the ferrous metal surface of the storage base of the apparatus for ease of storage and retrieval.

[0009] Another object of the invention is to provide a hairbrush of the type described in the preceding paragraph in which each of the hairbrushes includes a body portion having a plurality of bristles extending outwardly therefrom and a handle portion within which is the magnet is mounted in a manner to permit the hairbrush to be positioned on the ferrous metal surface and releasably secured in position thereon until removal by the user of the brush.

[0010] Another object of the invention is to provide an apparatus of the class described in which several brushes can be stored in an easy, visible orientation and in a spaced-apart relationship so that the brushes can be easily seen and so that the bristles of the brushes will not become damaged or entangled.

[0011] Another object of the invention is to provide an apparatus as described in the preceding paragraph in which the operator can quickly and easily remove a selected brush from the storage base without interfering with the other brushes mounted on the storage base.

[0012] Another object of the invention is to provide an apparatus as described in the preceding paragraphs which is of simple construction and one that can be easily and inexpensively manufactured.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0013] FIG. 1 is a generally perspective view of one form of the hairbrush presentation apparatus of the invention.

[0014] FIG. 2 is a side view of one of the hairbrushes of the invention shown in an up-standing position and partly broken away to show internal construction.

DISCUSSION OF THE INVENTION

[0015] Referring to the drawings and particularly to FIG. 2, one form of the brush of the invention is there shown and generally designated by the numeral 12. In this form of the invention, the brush comprises an elongated body portion 14 having a multiplicity of bristles 16 connected to and extending outwardly from body 14. Connected to body 14 is an elongated handle 18 that includes a first end 18a that is connected to body portion 14 and a second end 18b. Disposed between ends 18a and 18b is a gripping portion 18c that includes a spiral wound gripping member 20.

[0016] Formed in end 18b of handle portion 18 is a cavity 22 that closely receives a generally cylindrically shaped magnet 24. Magnet 24 is a conventional, permanent magnet and includes a lower, generally planner surface 24a.

[0017] Referring next to FIG. 1, one form of the brush presentation apparatus of the invention is there illustrated. This brush presentation apparatus includes a ferrous metal base 26 having a generally planner surface 26a. Affixed to generally planner surface 26a is a plurality of hairbrushes of the general character described in the preceding paragraphs. While the brushes can be of different configurations, each brush includes a body portion 30 and a handle portion 32 within which is mounted a permanent magnet such as magnet 24. Each of the handles 32 is of the generally configuration shown in FIG. 2 and includes a cavity within which the magnet 24 is mounted.

[0018] With the construction described, several brushes can be mounted on the base 26 in the manner shown in FIG. 1 with the magnets of each of the brushes in engagement with the surface 26a. The magnets are of such a strength that the brushes will be securely supported on base 24 in the upstanding configuration shown in FIG. 1. With the brushes in this upstanding configuration, it is apparent that each brush is readily visible to the user and that each brush can be quickly and easily moved from the supporting base without interference with the other brushes. When the use of a particular brush is completed, the brush can be reaffixed to the ferrous metal base in a manner to support the brush in the upright configuration until it is to be used by the operator.

[0019] As shown in FIG. 3, the brushes can also be removably affixed to a base, such as base 27, so that they hang downwardly. In this hanging configuration, each brush is also readily visible to the user and can be quickly and easily removed from the supporting base.

[0020] As shown in FIG. 1, brushes of various styles and shapes can be affixed to the mounting base 26 with the bristles thereof extending outwardly from the body portion of the brush in a spaced-apart relationship from the bristled portion of the adjacent brush.

[0021] Having now described the invention in detail in accordance with the requirements of the patent statutes, those skilled in this art will have no difficulty in making changes and modifications in the individual parts or their relative assembly in order to meet specific requirements or conditions. Such changes and modifications may be made without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention, as set forth in the following claims.