Title:
Repositionable arrow holder
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A repositionable arrow holder that has an elongate flat backing member from which a top arrow shaft receiver notched rack and a bottom arrow tip receiving shelf are cantilevered to hold carried arrows a spaced determined distance from the backing member; and a series of loops formed in a strip of durable fabric and spaced along the front face length of the backing member with the loops extending from the backing member.



Inventors:
Tilby, John (Sandy, UT, US)
Application Number:
12/001517
Publication Date:
06/18/2009
Filing Date:
12/13/2007
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
224/661
International Classes:
F41B5/06
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Primary Examiner:
YOUNG, SCOTT E
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
John Tilby (Sandy, UT, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. An arrow holder comprising a flat, elongate, substantially rigid backing member; a rack fixed to and cantilevered from a top end and a front face of said backing member, said rack having spaced apart notches in a front edge thereof remote from said backing member, said notches extending into said rack to a spaced distance from said face of said backing member; a shelf fixed to and cantilevered from a bottom end of said front face of said backing member and a tip receiving pad carried by said shelf and spaced from said backing member said spaced distance from said backing member whereby tips of arrows having shafts pressed into said notches engage said pad and such arrows are spaced from said backing member by at least said spaced distance; and a strip of fabric material having a series of loops formed along the length thereof, said strip being secured to said backing member between each pair of adjacent loops and at the ends of said strip.

2. An arrow holder as in claim 1, wherein the backing member is covered with durable fabric and the strip with loops formed therein is sewn between loops and at ends of the strip to the fabric covering the backing member.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Not Applicable.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

Not Applicable.

REFERENCE TO MICROFICHE APPENDIX

Not Applicable.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

An arrow quiver for storing a supply of broadhead arrows such that the arrows are conveniently available to be selected for use by an archer.

The use of containers and other holders for storing arrows to be used by archers has long been known. It is believed that some forms of arrow holders that can be carried by archers have been in use since the earliest advent of bows and arrows. Typically, tube-type containers having closed bottom and open tops into which pointed arrows are inserted have been provided with straps to support the containers across the back of a user.

More recently, it has become common to use arrow holders including an open arrow tip receiving bottom shelf and a notched shelf holder to grip and hold an intermediate portion of each arrow carried by the arrow holder. The bottom shelf projects from a lower end of a backing member and the notched shelf is cantilevered from an upper end of the backing member. A conventional carrying strap connected to the backing member is used to sling the arrow holder over the back or shoulder of an archer. Arrows are carried by the arrow holder with the broadhead tip of each arrow inserted into a flexible pad on the bottom shelf, and with a intermediate portion of each such arrow snapped into and frictionally or resiliently held into a notch of the upper shelf. It is desirable that the arrow holder be positioned to provide access and withdrawal of an arrow contained therein without a lot of arm waiving.

It has been found that the known arrow holders, while readily slung across over the back or shoulder of a user they are not readily carried in such manner as to best facilitate release of an arrow. The known arrow holders are not easily attached such that arrows can be most easily reached and removed therefrom. When the arrow holder is slung across a user's back, the user generally has to reach up and back to reach an arrow. The necessary arm movement and raising and then lowering may alert game being hunted.

If an archer is carrying a backpack, for example, he may desire to position his quiver on a thigh or to one side or the other of the backpack, or even low on the back surface of the backpack. Such carrying position may make the arrow more accessible and will allow retrieval of arrows without significant arm waiving.

OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION

It is a principal object of the present invention to provide an arrow holder that is easily secured upright to vertically any surface and to hold arrows conveniently available for use by an archer.

Another object is to provide an arrow holder that allows for easy positioning and repositioning of the holder to accommodate the needs of a user.

Still another object is to provide a arrow holder with means for positioning and repositioning that does not interfere with the placement of arrows in the holder, or easy quiet removal of the arrows from the holder.

Yet another object is to provide an arrow holder that is readily selectively positioned such that retrieval of arrows from the holder is achieved with minimum arm movement that could alert game being hunted of the presence of an archer.

FEATURES OF THE INVENTION

Principal features of the invention include a backing member with an arrow tip receiving shelf cantilevered from a lower end. A notched rack as cantilevered from adjacent to an opposite end of the backing member and notches in the rack securely, but releasably, grip the shafts of arrows placed in the arrow holder. The depth of each notch holds an arrow shaft pushed into the notch a spaced selected distance from the pad of the backing member from which the rack is cantilevered. The cantilevered shelf has an arrow tip receiving pad into which the tops of broadhead arrows carried by the arrow holder will slightly penetrate, to secure the arrows in place on the arrow holder, and a spaced distance from the backing member.

As series of loops, each of which opens across the face of the backing member is fixed to the backing member. The loops are formed in a durable fabric strap that is attached to the face of the backing member from which the shelf and the rack are cantilevered. Attachment of the durable fabric strap in which the loops are formed is by securing, bonding, riveting, or otherwise connecting the portion between loops to a fabric cover of the backing member.

Both the shelf and the rack extend from the backing member a spaced distance such that arrows frictionally, or resiliently held in the notches of the rack and having broadhead tips inserted into the pad of the shelf are sufficiently spaced from the backing member to allow straps, cords, or tie-down ropes to pass through the loops. Arrows in the arrow holder can be raised out of the pad and be pivoted to be released from the notches, or they can be pivoted from the notches and then lifted from the pad.

Additional objects and features of the invention will become apparent from the following detailed description and drawings.

IN THE DRAWINGS

In the Drawings:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the arrow holder of the invention, with an arrow secured therein;

FIG. 2, a side elevation view of the arrow holder secured to the belt and leg of an archer;

FIG. 3, a similar view, but showing the article holder strapped to the thigh of the archer; and

FIG. 4, a pictorial view of the arrow holder strapped to the backpack of a user, with an alternate lowered position of the arrow holder shown in phantom.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Referring to the Drawings:

In the illustrated preferred embodiment, the arrow holder of the invention is shown generally at 10.

Arrow holder 10 includes a substantially rigid, flat elongate backing member 12, covered with a durable fabric sheet 14. A binder edging 16 is sewn around the edges of sheet 14.

A rack 18 is cantilevered from the top of a front face 20 of covered backing member 12 and a series of side-by-side notches 22 are formed in the projecting edge 24 of the rack 18. The notches 22 frictionally grip the shafts 26 of arrows, such as arrow 28, intermediate the length of the arrow shafts.

A cup-shaped shelf 30 is cantilevered from a bottom end of the covered backing member 12. A pad 32 of tip receiving material, such as foam plastic, is fitted in the cup of shelf 30. The tips of arrow points 34 of arrows carried by the arrow holder penetrate slightly into the pad 32 when the arrow shafts are gripped in notches 22. The secured arrows extend parallel to backing member 12 and a spaced distance from the backing member.

A strap 36 of durable fabric, such as canvas or reinforced nylon, extends lengthwise on the backing member 12, between the rack 18 and the shelf 30. A series of loops 40 are formed along the length of strap 36 and strap 36 is secured to the fabric cover material 14 by sewing the strap between the loops to the cover material. Loops 40 extend outwardly from backing member 12 within the spaces provided between the backing member and the arrows, and the loops do not engage carried arrows. The loops do not interfere with placement of arrows into or removal of arrows from the arrow holder.

Cover material 14 extends beyond the upper end of backing member and is turned back on itself and sewn to form a top loop 44. A carrying strap 46 having a buckle 48 may be inserted through top loop 44 to be used as desired by an archer. For example, the carrying strap 46 can be placed over the shoulder of the archer.

A stretch cord 50 may also be secured by D-rings and/or hooks to the bottom of the backing member 12. The stretch cord is conveniently used to secure the arrow holder to a lower portion of the leg of a user, for example.

With the series of loops 40, a user can readily attach the flat back surface of the arrow holder 10 to his back, FIG. 2; his leg FIG. 3; or a backpack, FIG. 4. The arrow holder 10 is then easily repositioned vertically up or down for convenience of arrow insertion or removal, or to limit arm movements that would alert game being hunted during removal of arrows.

A user's belt 50 can be passed through a selected loop 40 to secure the arrow holder to his back, with the holder extending upwardly to a desired height as determined by through which loop 40 the belt 50 is passed.

Separate straps 52, which may have locked together with loops and hooks can be passed through selected loops 40 to comfortably secure the arrow holder to the leg of a user, FIG. 3.

The existing strap 58 of a backpack 60 can also be passed through selected loops 40 to secure the arrow holder 12 to a backpack.

Although a preferred embodiment of my invention has been herein described, it is to be understood that the present disclosure is by way of example and that variations are possible without departing from the subject matter coming within the scope of the following claims, which subject matter I regard as my invention.