US 1702316 A
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H. L. RIDGERS SKATE Feb. 19, 1929. 1,702,316
Filed Feb. 17, 1,927
n.1 Page Patented Feb. 19, 1929.
1,702,316 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
HORACE L. RIDGEBS, F GBANUM, ALBERTA, CANADA.
Application led February 17, 1927, Serial No. 168,993, and in Canada February 15, 1927.
The invention relates to improvements in skates and an object of the invention is to provide a skate having ak sectional blade which permits of the heel or toe ends of the skate being aised trom the ice7 thereby facilitating the act ot skating due to the free movement et the loot so occasioned and further to arrange the structure such that the raised portions have a normal tendency to return to the icc. l
A further object oi the invention to construct the skate so that there is a cushioning structure interposed between the blade and the toot.
A further object of the invention is to construct the skate in a simple, durable and coniparatively inexpensive manner and such that the blade sections can be locked against yielding when it is desired to use the skate for a special purpose such as hockey playing.
lilith the above more important objects in view, the invention consists essentially in the arrangement and construction ot parts here inatter more particularly described, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, in which Fig. l is a side view ot the skate as it appears attached to a boot.
Fig. 2 is a side view ot the skate with the heel section in the raised position. y
Fi g. 3 is a vertical sectional view longitudinally and centrally through the skate with the blade thereof shown in side elevation.
Fi 4 is a horizontal sectional view at elm-Mi Figure l and looking in the direction of the applied arrow. 7
Fig. 5 is an enlarged detailed horizontal seelidnal view at 5-5 Figure l. i
liig. t3 is a perspective view of the locking pin. Y
ln the drawing like characters ot reference indicate corresponding parts in the several tignres. i
The front and rear plates l and 2.0i the skate are attached to the sole 3 and heel 4` ot the boot 5 in the usual :manner and are lie/rein shown as secured by the screws 6.' The heel plate is provided centrally with a down wardly extending socket 7 of predetermined length and the front plate l is also provided with a forward downwardly extending socket and a rearwardly located socket 9, these lat-ter being aligned with the former socket and being positioned so that they centrally underlie the `foot. y l
Each socket is provided with a pair of opposing vertical guide slots l() and in the slots l locate slidabl cross pins 11, l2 and 13 which are carried y upstanding posts la, and lo, the posts being slidably received within the sockets and having their lower ends forked and permanently riveted as indicated at 17, 1S and 19 to the skate blade. Uushioning springs are interposed between the upper ends of the posts and the plates, the springs normally pressing the pins toV the lower ends of the slots. bviously these springs yieldingly support the weight of the body on the skatey and accordingl act as cushioning members between the b1 and the boot,
The blade is formed from a when the sections are both in theirihorizontal or normal positions as shown in Figure 1, the i lengthwise `extending slot 26 formed in theV rear end ot the skate section .21. The forade front or toe section 2l and a rear or heel section 22 and` ward end of the extension is cutto provide" an end notch 2T anda hook 28 and according to the above arrangement, the blade sections fan have varying relative positions ranging .trein the flat position shown in Figure l to the telly up swungpositron shown in Figure i it being understood that the rivet slides in the slot Q6 during the movement.
'llheiiost 9 is supplied with a spliti'ing 29 which has the ends thereof terminatingin hooks 3() and a coiled spring 3l .is provided, the spring having the ends thereoficaught in the hooks 28 and 30. The spring is designed to normally pull the hook 28 ahead with the result that the rear section of the blade normally remains in the position shown in `Figures l and 3. If it is desired to lock the sections of the blade in the latter position, this is done by passing a locking pin 32 through side openings 33 provided in the extension Qi and positioned such that when the rear blade section is in `the flat lying position,
the pin 32 when passed through the openings 33 and slot QG will taken position in the rear end ot the slot as shown best in Figure 3. The holes 33 are of the well known key hole shape and the pin 32 is supplied with a tit 34:
adapted to lock the pin upon rotation after it has been passed through the registering holes in the slot.
l provide the plate l also with a downward ly extending lugl 35 and this receives slidably a comparatively short rod 36, the forward end of which is screw threaded to receive a nut 37 and a washer 38. A coiled spring 39 is mounted on the rod between the washer 38 and the lug and the rear Aend of 'the rod terminates in forked arms el() and Lil which span the post 9 and have their rear ends carrying' a cross pin 42. A hinged bar 48 is also provided, the forward end of the said bar beingr pivotally n'xounted on the pin stil and the rear end of the bar being` liingredly connected as .indicated at del to the heel plate. By tightening' up the nut Si', one can tension the spring 3l) and this will cause a` contiinious forward pull on the heel plate through the arms and hinged bar.
This spring and connections associated therewith 'co-operate with the spring 3l to bring the skate sections into their normally flat lying position and the hinged bar acts as a support for the foot when the same is in the raised position as shown in Figure 2 where it Will be observed that the hinged bar is held forcibly in contact with the under part of the boot sole.
It will be seen from the above description that this skate allows the foot very free movement which is not possible with the still or non-sectional blade customarily used.
What I claim as my invention is 1. A skate comprising a front. attaching plate, a rear attaching plate, afront blade section, means connecting the front blade setion to the front plate, a rear blade section, means connecting the rear blade section to the rear plate, an extension permanently attached to the forward end ol the rear blade section, means slidably connecting the forward end of the extension to `the rear end of the front blade section and a spring connecting` the extension to the support ol the .front blade section.
2. A skate comn-ising a front attaching; plate, a rear attaching plate, a front blade section, means connecting the front blade section to the front plate, a rear blade tion, means connecting the rear blade section to the rear plate, an extension 3erinanently attached to the forward end of the rear blade section, means .slidably connecting the forward end of the extension to the rear end of the front blade section, a spring connecting' the extension to the support of the front'blade section and means 'For releasably locking the extension to t-he t'ront blade section.
A skate comprising` front and rear attaching plates, a pair of sockets extending downwardly from the front. plate and a sinn gie socket extendingl douf'nwardly from the rear plate, a forward blade section anda rearward blade section, a pair of posts permanently secured to the forward blade section and slidably entering-g` the 'sockets ot the front plate, a post permanelitly secured to the rear blade section and slidably enterin the socket ot' the rear plate, coiled sprino's mourned within the sockets and engaging the upper ends ot the posts, means g reveutingl witbdrawal of the posts from the sockets, a bar permanently secured to the rear blade section and having; the front end thereof straddling the rear end of the front blade section, a pin slidably connecting` the latter end o't' the arm to the latter end of the front blade section and a coiled spring interjioscd between one of the post-s oil' the front plate and the bar.
d. A skate comprising front and rear attaching plates, a pair of sockets extending.; downwardly from the front plate and a single socket extending' downwardly from the rear plate, a forward bladeseetion and a rearward blade section, a pair of posts permanently secured to the forward blade section and slidably entering` the sockets of the front plate, a post permanently secured to the rear blade section and slidably entering the socket of the rear plate, coiled springs mounted within the sockets and engaaing the upper ends of 'the posts, means lneventing` withdraw'al of the posts from the sockets, a bar permanently secured to the rear blade section and having the front end thereof straddling the rear end of the front blade section, a pin slidably eonnec'tinigl the latter end of the arm to the latter end of the front blade section., a coiled spring interposed between one ot' the posts of the frontV plate and the bar and an adjustably spring` pressed hinged bar having the rear end thereof attachcifl to the rear attaching plate and the front end to the forward attaching plate.
Signed at Grandin, this 18th day of Deceinber, '1926.
HORACE L. RIDGERS.