Title:
Rope retainer
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A rope retainer comprises a body has a top surface, a bottom surface and a lateral surface; at least one main hole passed through the body; at least one wing extending from the body; the wing having at least one sub-hole. The rope retainer may have a long shape, a star like shape or a heart like shape. Furthermore the rope retainer can be used with a shoe for tying a shoelace.



Inventors:
Lin, Ping-kun (Changhua County, TW)
Application Number:
11/543167
Publication Date:
04/10/2008
Filing Date:
10/05/2006
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
24/712.1
International Classes:
A43C11/00; A43C7/00
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Primary Examiner:
BRITTAIN, JAMES R
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PING-KUN LIN (Taipei, TW)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A rope retainer comprising: a body having a top surface, a bottom surface and a lateral surface; at least one main hole passed through the body; at least one wing extending from the body; the wing having at least one sub-hole.

2. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 1, wherein the rope retainer is a long structure, there are two wings extend from the body; the body is wider than the wings so as to form as an isolation portion; and the two wings being symmetrically arranged at two opposite sides of the body.

3. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 1, wherein there is one wing which has a star shape; the body is a sleeve on the wing; the at least one sub-hole is vertical to the main hole.

4. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 1, wherein there is one wing which has a heart shape; the body is a sleeve on the wing; the at least one sub-hole is vertical to the main hole.

5. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 1, wherein crystals or diamonds or decorations are installed on the body or the wings.

6. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 1, wherein there are a plurality of main holes.

7. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 1, wherein there are at least two sub-holes.

8. A shoe having a rope retainer comprising: a shoe body being installed with a shoelace; the shoelace having two ends; a rope retainer including: a body having a top surface, a bottom surface and a lateral surface; a main hole passed through the body; at least one wing extending from the body; the wing having at least one sub-hole; and wherein two ends of the shoelace pass through the at least one sub-hole of the wing and then pass through the main hole so as to form with a shape like a butterfly.

9. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 6, wherein the rope retainer is a long structure, there are two wings extend from the body; the body is wider than the wings so as to form as an isolation portion; the two wings are symmetrically arranged at two opposite sides of the body.

10. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 6, wherein there is one wing which has a star shape; the body is a sleeve on the wing; and the at least one sub-hole is vertical to the main hole.

11. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 6, wherein there is one wing which has a heart shape; the body is a sleeve on the wing; the at least one sub-hole is vertical to the main hole.

12. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 6, wherein crystals or diamonds or decorations are installed on the body or the wings.

13. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 6, wherein there are a plurality of main holes.

14. The rope retainer as claimed in claim 6, wherein there are at least two sub-holes.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to rope retainers, and particularly to a rope retainer which has a simple structure, wherein the operation for fixing a rope is easy and quick.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Currently, clothes, bags, shoes, etc. are installed with buttons, buckles, fasteners, ropes, or strips are used to tighten these devices. They are generally not well fixed and thus they are arranged disorderly.

In the prior art, the ends of the ropes or strips are tied with a complicated operation. Thus rope retainers are developed to provide the user with an easy operation for fixing the ropes or strips. Referring to FIGS. 8 and 9, a prior art tying structure is illustrated. In the prior art rope retainer 10, the rope retainer 10 has a seat 11, an elastic unit 12 and a press 13. The seat 11 has a receiving slot 111. The press 13 serves to fix the elastic unit 12. A bottom of the press 13 is installed with a buckle edge 131. When the press 13 is installed in the receiving slot 111, the buckle edge 131 buckles the through hole 112. The press 13 is formed with a passing space 132. Thus, the press 13 is resisted by the elastic unit 12 and is fixed by the buckle edge 131 so as not to fall out. When the press 13 is pressed, the passing space 132 is aligned to the through hole 112. When the press 13 is released, the press 13 will be pushed out. Thus, when the passing space 132 aligns to the through hole 112, the rope 20 can pass through the rope retainer 10. The rope retainer 10 can move to any position of the rope 20. When the press 20 is released, a force is generated between the press 13 and the seat 11 so that the rope 20 can be fixed between the through hole 112 and the passing space 132.

This prior art can achieve the object of fixing the rope 20 with a convenient operation. However, it needs many parts and thus the cost is high. Thereby when the rope 20 is fixed between the through hole 112 and the passing space 132, it is possible that as the receiving slot 111 and the rope 20 are pulled, the rope is released while the press 13 is not pressed, or the rope 20 is deadly buckled in the seat 11 by a deformed press 13.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, the primary object of the present invention is to provide a rope retainer which has a simple structure, wherein the operation for fixing a rope is easy and quick.

To achieve above objects, the present invention provides a rope retainer which comprises a body has a top surface, a bottom surface and a lateral surface; at least one main hole passed through the body; at least one wing extending from the body; the wing having at least one sub-hole. The rope retainer may have a long shape, a star like shape or a heart like shape. Furthermore the rope retainer can be used with a shoe for tying a shoelace.

Moreover, crystals or diamonds or decorations are installed on the body or the wings.

In operation, each of two head ends of the shoelace penetrates through a first through hole of the wing from a bottom surface of long rope retainer and then passes through a second through hole of the wing. Then the two ends pass through the main hole of the rope retainer. Thus the shoelace passing through the rope retainer has a beautiful outlook as a butterfly, even a children not skilled in tying the shoelace can operate the shoelace easily and quickly.

The various objects and advantages of the present invention will be more readily understood from the following detailed description when read in conjunction with the appended drawing.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the rope retainer of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing the application of the rope retainer according to the present invention.

FIG. 3 is an elevational view of FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a lateral view of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a schematic view showing the operation of the rope retainer of the present invention, where the rope retainer is used to a shoe.

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of the second embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the third embodiment of the rope retainer of the present invention.

FIG. 8 is an exploded view of the prior art rope retainer.

FIG. 9 is a cross sectional view of the prior art rope retainer.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

In order that those skilled in the art can further understand the present invention, a description will be provided in the following in details. However, these descriptions and the appended drawings are only used to cause those skilled in the art to understand the objects, features, and characteristics of the present invention, but not to be used to confine the scope and spirit of the present invention defined in the appended claims.

Referring to FIG. 1, the present invention relates to a rope retainer and a shoe using the rope retainer. In the drawing, the rope retainer is a long structure. The long rope retainer 10 has an isolation portion 16 at a center portion thereof. Two wings 12 extending at two opposite sides from the isolation portion 16. The isolation portion 16 is higher than the wings 12. The isolation portion 16 has at least one main hole 18. Each wing 12 has at least one sub-hole which is vertical to the main hole 18. In this embodiment, two sub-holes are formed, which are a first through hole 14 at the inner side of the wing and a second through hole 14′ at the lower side of the wing 12.

Referring to FIGS. 2 to 5, it is illustrated that the long rope retainer 10 is used to a shoelace 22 of a shoe body 20. However, the long rope retainer 10 of the present invention can be used to other structure. This is also within the scope of the present invention.

The shoe body 20 has a shoelace 22 corresponding to shoelace holes penetrating the shoe body or the buckling rings 21 around the shoelace holes. Each of two head ends 221 of the shoelace 22 penetrates through the first through hole 14 of the wing 12 from a bottom surface of the long rope retainer 10 and then passes through the second through hole 14′ of the wing 12. Then the two ends pass through the main hole 18 of the long rope retainer 10. Thus the shoelace 22 passing through the long rope retainer 10 has a beautiful outlook as a butterfly. Thus even a children not skilled in tying the shoelace can operate the shoelace easily and quickly.

In releasing, it is only necessary to pull the long rope retainer 10 upwards, the shoelace 22 can release quickly. If it is desired to tight the shoelace 22, it is only necessary to shoelace 22 passing through the second through holes 14′ outwards, the shoelace 22 can be tightened quickly and easily. Referring to FIG. 4, when the shoelace 22 is tightened, the shoelace 22 is formed with two foldings so as to achieve the object of tightening the shoelace 22. The portion of the shoelace 22 out of the second through hole 14′ will press the portion of the shoelace 22 out of the first through hole 14 so that the shoelace 22 is fixed firmly. The long rope retainer 10 of the present invention can be operated quickly and firmly. Thereby it has a compact structure and the material can be saved. The manufacturing work can be performed easily.

With reference to FIG. 6, the second embodiment of the rope retainer of the present invention is illustrated. In the second embodiment, the rope retainer 30 has a star sheet 31. The sheet 31 has two pairs of sub-holes. Each pair of sub-holes has a first through hole 32, and a second through hole 32′. A holed sleeve 34 is installed on the star sheet 31. In another embodiment, the extension sleeve 34 can be neglected, but a main hole is formed, which passes through the star sheet 31. To have a beautiful outlook, crystals or diamonds or other decorations 36 can be added to the star sheets 31.

With reference to FIG. 7, the third embodiment of the present invention is illustrated. In the second embodiment, the rope retainer 40 has a heart shape sheet 41. The heart sheet 41 has two pairs of sub-holes. Each pair of sub-holes has a first through hole 42, and a second through hole 42′. A holed sleeve 44 is installed on the heart sheet 41. In another embodiment, the extension sleeve 44 can be neglected, but a main hole is formed, which passes through the heart sheet 41.

The present invention is thus described, it will be obvious that the same may be varied in many ways. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the present invention, and all such modifications as would be obvious to one skilled in the art are intended to be included within the scope of the following claims.