(19)
(11)EP 2 926 703 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
06.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/19

(21)Application number: 15275066.7

(22)Date of filing:  13.03.2015
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A47J 43/10  (2006.01)
B01F 13/00  (2006.01)
B01F 7/00  (2006.01)
B01F 15/00  (2006.01)

(54)

FOOD WHISK

NAHRUNGSMITTELRÜHRBESEN

FOUET ALIMENTAIRE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 04.04.2014 US 201414245362

(43)Date of publication of application:
07.10.2015 Bulletin 2015/41

(73)Proprietor: King's Flair Development Ltd.
Hong Kong (CN)

(72)Inventor:
  • Wong, Siu Wah
    Hong Kong (HK)

(74)Representative: Potter Clarkson 
The Belgrave Centre Talbot Street
Nottingham NG1 5GG
Nottingham NG1 5GG (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
JP-A- 2001 145 576
US-A1- 2013 044 560
US-A- 843 461
US-B1- 6 206 561
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    Technical Field of the Invention



    [0001] This invention relates generally to a whisk, and particularly, to a whisk that is transformable between two configurations.

    Background of the Invention



    [0002] Currently available whisks, for example, for whisking eggs, typically comprise a handle and an oval-shaped whisk member. The whisk member is usually constituted by a plurality of wires, for example steel wires, extending from the handle and curved to form the oval shape of the whisk member. Because of the oval shape of the whisk member, these whisks are only suitable for whisking foods (for example, eggs or sauces) in a container with a relatively large depth (for example, a saucepan or a bowl), but not in a relatively shallow container (for example, a plate or a frypan). For whisking the foods in a shallow container, a whisk with a whisk member of substantially flat configuration is needed.

    [0003] Furthermore, if these two types of whisks could be provided as a single whisk, it would find a wide range of applications in kitchens, and the cost for kitchen tools as well as the space required for storage would be significantly reduced.

    [0004] US843461A discloses a whisk comprising a cone-shaped head which can be actuated to protrude beyond an oval-shaped whisk member. The protruding cone-shaped head can then be used to facilitate access to corners or edges of containers.

    Summary of the Invention



    [0005] The present invention has a principal object of providing a whisk that can be used both in a deep container and in a shallow container. More particularly, the present invention aims to provide a whisk comprising a whisk member that is transformable between a substantially flat configuration and an expanded spiral configuration. When the whisk of the present invention needs to be used in a deep container, the whisk member is transformed into an expanded spiral configuration having a spherical profile; when the whisk is to be used in a shallow container, the whisk member is transformed into a substantially flat configuration.

    [0006] These and other objects are satisfied by the present invention, which provides a whisk, comprising a handle having a cavity, a slider mechanism adapted to be slidably disposed within the cavity, and a whisk body. The whisk body comprises a whisk member having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is proximal to the handle and the second end is distal to the handle; a fixed leg extending from the first end in a sliding direction of the slider mechanism to the handle and secured to the handle; and at least one sliding leg extending from the second end in the sliding direction of the slider mechanism to the slider mechanism. The sliding leg is secured to the slider mechanism so that the slider mechanism is slidably movable together with the sliding leg and the second end of the whisk member. The whisk member is configured to be constrained to a substantially flat configuration in a plane substantially perpendicular to a length of the whisk when the slider mechanism is moved up in a direction away from the whisk member to a locked position thereof on the handle, and configured to expand to an expanded spiral configuration when the slider mechanism is moved down in a direction towards the whisk member to an unlocked position thereof on the handle. The spiral configuration may be of spherical configuration.

    [0007] The handler may comprise an first portion and a second portion, through both of which the cavity and the guiding slots extend to allow the slider mechanism to move therein; the locked position is positioned on the first portion, and the unlocked position is positioned on the second portion, wherein the first portion is an upper portion of the handle, and the second portion is a lower portion of the handle. Preferably, the second portion has a bottom member comprising a bottom plate provided with respective notches for allowing the fixed leg and the sliding leg to pass therethrough into the cavity of the handle, and a protruding portion extending upward from the bottom plate to define a passage with a lateral member extending from an inner wall of the second portion so as to receive and secure a hooked end of the fixed leg in the passage.

    [0008] In one preferred embodiment of the present invention, the slider mechanism comprises a slider plate configured to be slidably movable within the cavity of the handle; a pair of upwardly extended resilient arms extending from opposite sides of the slider plate; and a pair of locking tabs formed on the respective resilient arms. The locking tabs are configured to engage with respective apertures formed on the handle for locking the slider mechanism on the locked position, and to disengage from the respective apertures of the handle when they are pressed towards each other, thereby to allow the movement of the slider mechanism within the cavity of the handle.

    [0009] The handle may be formed with opposite internal guiding slots for guiding the movement of the slider mechanism within the cavity, and the slider plate is guided to move within the cavity of the handle in the guiding slots.

    [0010] Advantageously, the sliding leg has a hooked end which is received in a transverse bore formed on one of the resilient arms of the slider mechanism, and a pin is provided to secure the hooked end of the sliding leg in the transverse bore.

    [0011] The whisking member of the whisk according to the present invention may be made of a resilient material, preferably selected from metal, more preferably stainless steel, or plastics.

    Brief Description of the Drawings



    [0012] 

    Fig. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a whisk constructed according to an embodiment of the present invention.

    Fig. 2 is a perspective view of the whisk shown in Fig. 1 with the handle being removed.

    Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the whisk shown in Fig. 1 with a whisk member thereof in a substantially flat configuration.

    Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the whisk shown in Fig. 1 with the whisk member in an expanded spiral configuration.


    Detailed Description of the Invention



    [0013] While this invention is illustrated and described in preferred embodiments, the whisk of the present invention may be produced in many different configurations, sizes, forms and materials.

    [0014] Referring now to the drawings, Fig. 1 illustrates an exploded perspective view of a whisk according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. The whisk 1 comprises a handle 2, a slider mechanism 5 and a whisk body 10.

    [0015] The handle 2 comprises an upper portion 3 and a lower portion 4 detachably connected to the upper portion 3. The lower portion 4 may be detachably connected to the upper portion 3 by any method known in the art, for example using snap fit or screws. The handle 2 is of a substantially cylindrical shape and has a cavity 21 which extends through both the upper portion 3 and the lower portion 4, and the slider mechanism 5 is slidably disposed within the cavity 21. Those skilled in the art will understand that the handle 2 can also be of another shape, such as a rectangular shape. A pair of opposite internal guiding slots 6 for guiding the movement of the slider mechanism 5 are formed on opposite inner walls of the cavity 21. The upper portion 3 has a pair of opposite apertures 9 for engaging with the slider mechanism 5, which will be discussed herein below.

    [0016] The whisk body 10 comprises a whisk member 11, a fixed leg 12 and a sliding leg 13. The whisk member 11 is made of a resilient material such as metal or plastics to enable the whisk member 11 to expand or be compressed. Preferably, the whisk member 11 is made of stainless steel. The whisk member 11 has a proximal end 111 and a distal end 112. The fixed leg 12 extends from the proximal end 111 in a sliding direction of the slider mechanism 5 to the handle 2, and the sliding leg 13 extends from the distal end 112 in the sliding direction of the slider mechanism 5 to the slider mechanism 5. In this embodiment, the whisk member 11 is configured to have two different configurations, i.e. a spiral configuration and preferably a spherical profile, and a substantially flat configuration. As discussed above, because of the resilient nature of the material used, the whisk member 11 is switchable between the two configurations.

    [0017] As shown in Figs. 1 and 2, the slider mechanism 5 comprises a slider plate 51 configured to be slidably movable along the opposite guiding slots 6 within the cavity 21 of the handle 2. The slider plate 51 is of a rectangular shape, and the guiding slots 6 are formed correspondingly to receive the respective edge portions of the slider plate 51. A pair of upwardly extended resilient arms 52 extends from front and back sides of the slider plate 51, and a pair of locking tabs 53 is formed on the respective resilient arms 52. The locking tabs 53 are configured to engage with the respective apertures 9 formed on the upper portion 3 of the handle 2, thereby locking the slider mechanism 5 on the upper portion of the handle 2. When the two locking tabs 53 are pressed by for example fingers of a user, the locking tabs 53 formed on the resilient arms 52 would move towards each other and move into the cavity 21 of the handler, so that the locking tabs 53 disengage from the respective apertures 9 of the handle 2, thereby to allow the downward movement of the slider mechanism 5 within the cavity 21 of the handle 2. When the tabs 53 of the slider mechanism 5 move up to reach the apertures 9 of the handle 2, the compressed resilient arms 52 would allow the tabs 53 to go into the apertures 9 and engage with the apertures 9 where the slider mechanism is locked.

    [0018] As shown in Fig. 1, the locking tabs 53 take an oval shape, and the apertures 9 are shaped accordingly so as to receive the locking tabs 53. Those skilled in the art will understand that the shape of the locking tabs 53 and the apertures 9 can be of any shape as long as the locking tabs 53 can be received in the apertures 9.

    [0019] The lower portion 4 further comprises a bottom member 14. As shown in Fig. 2, the bottom member 14 of the lower portion 4 comprises a bottom plate 141 provided with two respective notches 143 for allowing the fixed leg 12 and the sliding leg 13 to pass therethrough into the cavity 21 of the handle 2, and a protruding portion 142 extending upward from the bottom plate 141 to define a passage with a lateral member (not shown) extending from an inner wall of the lower portion 4 so as to receive and secure a hooked end of the fixed leg 12 in the passage. Those skilled in the art will understand that the fixed leg 12 may also be secured to the handle 2 using any suitable methods. A hollow portion 16 is formed in the lower portion 4 for receiving the protruding portion 142. The sliding leg 13 also has a hooked end, which is received in a transverse bore 18 formed on one of the resilient arms 52 of the slider mechanism 5. The sliding leg 13 may be secured to the slider mechanism 5 in any manner known in the art.

    [0020] Referring now to Fig. 3 which illustrates the whisk 1 in the substantially flat configuration suitable to be used in a shallow container, the user applies an upward force to the lower end of the whisk member 11, for example, by holding the handle 2 and pressing the lower end of the whisk member 11 against a table surface, forcing the sliding leg 13 and the slider mechanism 5 to slide upwardly until the locking tabs 53 reach the apertures 9 and move into the apertures 9 by the resilient force of the resilient arms 52, thereby engaging with the apertures 9. As a result, the slider mechanism 5 is locked in the locked position on the upper portion 3. As the fixed leg 12 is secured to the handle 2 while the sliding leg 13 slides upwardly with respect to the handle 2, the distance between the proximal end and the distal end of the whisk member 11 is reduced until the tabs 53 engage with the apertures 9 where the whisk member 11 is constrained to a substantially flat configuration, which is suitable to be used in a shallow container and also may be used as a sauce blender.

    [0021] Referring now to Fig. 4 which illustrates the whisk 1 in the expanded spiral configuration suitable to be used in a relatively deep container, the user presses the locking tabs 53 towards each other so as to disengage them from the apertures 9, allowing the downward movement of the slider mechanism 5 within the cavity 21 of the handle 2 to the unlocked position in the lower portion 4 of the handle 2. As a result of the resilient characteristics, the whisk member is expanded into an expanded spiral configuration. Preferably, the spiral configuration is of spherical configuration, which provides more contact surface with the foods to be whisked. The expanded spherical configuration is especially suitable to be used in a deep container to achieve better whisking effects.

    [0022] While the present invention is described in connection with what is presently considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiment, it should be appreciated that the invention is not limited to the disclosed embodiment, and is intended to cover various modifications and equivalent arrangements included within the scope of the claims. Modifications and variations in the present invention may be made without departing from the novel aspects of the invention as defined in the claims, and this application is limited only by the scope of the claims.

    Numerical references



    [0023] 

    1 whisk

    2 handle

    3 upper portion

    4 lower portion

    5 slider mechanism

    6 guiding slot

    9 aperture

    10 whisk body

    11 whisk member

    12 fixed leg

    13 sliding leg

    14 bottom member

    16 hollow portion

    18 bore

    21 cavity

    51 slider plate

    52 resilient arm

    53 locking tab

    141 bottom plate

    142 protruding portion

    143 notch




    Claims

    1. A whisk (1), comprising:

    a handle (2) having a cavity (21);

    a slider mechanism (5) adapted to be slidably disposed within the cavity (21); and

    a whisk body (10) comprising:

    a whisk member (11) having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is proximal to the handle (2) and the second end is distal to the handle (2)

    a fixed leg (12) extending from the first end in a sliding direction of the slider mechanism (5) to the handle (2) and secured to the handle, and

    at least one sliding leg (13) extending from the second end in the sliding direction of the slider mechanism (5) to the slider mechanism (5), the said sliding leg (13) being secured to the slider mechanism (5) so that the slider mechanism (5) is slidably movable with the sliding leg (13) and the second end of the whisk member (11), characterized in that the whisk member (11) is configured to be constrained to a substantially flat configuration in a plane substantially perpendicular to a length of the whisk (1) when the slider mechanism (5) is moved up in a direction away from the whisk member (11) to a locked position thereof on the handle (2), and configured to expand to an expanded spiral configuration when the slider mechanism (5) is moved down in a direction towards the whisk member (11) to an unlocked position thereof on the handle (2).


     
    2. The whisk (1) of claim 1, wherein the handle (2) is formed with opposite internal guiding slots (6) for guiding the movement of the slider mechanism (5) within the cavity (21).
     
    3. The whisk (1) of claim 2, wherein the handle (2) comprises an first portion (3) and a second portion (4), through both of which the cavity (21) and the guiding slots (6) extend to allow the slider mechanism (5) to move therein; and the locked position is positioned on the first portion (3), and the unlocked position is positioned on the second portion (4), wherein the first portion (3) is an upper portion of the handle (2), and the second portion (4) is a lower portion of the handle (2).
     
    4. The whisk (1) of claim 3, wherein the second portion (4) has a bottom member (14) comprising a bottom plate (141) provided with respective notches (143) for allowing the fixed leg (12) and the sliding leg (13) to pass therethrough into the cavity (21) of the handle (2), and a protruding portion (142) extending upward from the bottom plate (141) to define a passage with a lateral member extending from an inner wall of the second portion (4) so as to receive and secure a hooked end of the fixed leg (12) in the passage.
     
    5. The whisk (1) of any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the slider mechanism (5) comprises a slider plate (51) configured to be slidably movable within the cavity (21) of the handle (2), a pair of upwardly extended resilient arms (52) extending from opposite sides of the slider plate (51), and a pair of locking tabs (53) formed on the respective resilient arms (52), wherein the locking tabs (53) are configured to engage with respective apertures (9) formed on the handle (2) for locking the slider mechanism (5) on the locked position, and to disengage from the respective apertures (9) of the handle (2) when they are pressed towards each other, thereby to allow the movement of the slider mechanism (5) within the cavity (21) of the handle (2).
     
    6. The whisk (1) of claim 5, wherein the sliding leg (13) has a hooked end which is received in a transverse bore (18) formed on one of the resilient arms (52) of the slider mechanism (5), and a pin (17) is provided to secure the hooked end of the sliding leg (13) in the transverse bore (18).
     
    7. The whisk (1) of claim 5 or 6, wherein the handle (2) is formed with opposite internal guiding slots (6) for guiding the movement of the slider mechanism (5) within the cavity (21), and the slider plate (51) is guided to move within the cavity (21) of the handle (2) in the guiding slots (6).
     
    8. The whisk (1) of any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein the whisk member (11) is made of resilient material.
     
    9. The whisk (1) of claim 8, wherein the resilient material is selected from metal, preferably stainless steel, or plastics.
     
    10. The whisk (1) of any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein the spiral configuration is of spherical configuration.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Schneebesen (1), umfassend:

    einen Griff (2) mit einem Hohlraum (21);

    einen Gleitmechanismus (5), der so gestaltet ist, dass er gleitend in dem Hohlraum (21) angeordnet ist; und

    einen Schneebesenkörper (10), umfassend:

    ein Schneebesenelement (11) mit einem ersten Ende und einem zweiten Ende, wobei das erste Ende proximal zum Griff (2) und das zweite Ende distal zum Griff (2) angeordnet ist;

    einen festen Abschnitt (12), der sich von dem ersten Ende in einer gleitenden Richtung des Gleitmechanismus (5) zum Griff (2) erstreckt und am Griff befestigt ist, und

    mindestens einen gleitenden Abschnitt (13), der sich vom zweiten Ende in der gleitenden Richtung des Gleitmechanismus (5) zum Gleitmechanismus (5) erstreckt, wobei der gleitende Abschnitt (13) am Gleitmechanismus (5) befestigt ist, so dass der Gleitmechanismus (5) gleitend beweglich mit dem gleitenden Abschnitt (13) und dem zweiten Ende des Schneebesenelements (11) ist, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass das Schneebesenelement (11) so gestaltet ist, dass es in eine im Wesentlichen flache Konfiguration in einer Ebene im Wesentlichen senkrecht zu einer Länge des Schneebesens (1) eingeschränkt ist, wenn der Gleitmechanismus (5) nach oben in eine Richtung weg von dem Schneebesenelement (11) in eine Verriegelungsposition davon an dem Griff (2) bewegt wird, und so gestaltet ist, dass es sich in einer ausgedehnten Spiralkonfiguration erstreckt, wenn der Gleitmechanismus (5) nach unten in eine Richtung in Richtung des Schneebesenelements (11) in eine entriegelte Position davon an dem Griff (2) bewegt wird.


     
    2. Schneebesen (1) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Griff (2) mit gegenüberliegenden innenliegenden Führungsnuten (6) zum Führen der Bewegung des Gleitmechanismus (5) in dem Hohlraum (21) gebildet ist.
     
    3. Schneebesen (1) nach Anspruch 2, wobei der Griff (2) einen ersten Teilbereich (3) und einen zweiten Teilbereich (4) umfasst, wobei sich der Hohlraum (21) und die Führungsnuten (6) durch diese beiden erstrecken, so dass sich der Gleitmechanismus (5) darin bewegen kann und wobei die verriegelte Position an dem ersten Teilbereich (3) angeordnet ist und wobei die entriegelte Position an dem zweiten Teilbereich (4) angeordnet ist, wobei der erste Teilbereich (3) ein oberer Teilbereich des Griffs (2) und der zweite Teilbereich (4) ein unterer Teilbereich des Griffs (2) ist.
     
    4. Schneebesen (1) nach Anspruch 3, wobei der zweite Teilbereich (4) ein unteres Element (14) besitzt, das eine untere Platte (141) umfasst, die mit entsprechenden Einkerbungen (143) ausgestattet ist, die ermöglichen, dass der feste Abschnitt (12) und der gleitende Abschnitt (13) dort hindurch in den Hohlraum (21) des Griffs (2) führen, und einen vorstehenden Abschnitt (142), der sich nach oben von der unteren Platte (141) erstreckt, um eine Passage mit einem lateralen Element zu definieren, das sich von einer Innenwand des zweiten Teilbereichs (4) erstreckt, so dass es ein hakenförmiges Ende des festen Abschnitts (12) in der Passage aufnehmen und sichern kann.
     
    5. Schneebesen (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, wobei der Gleitmechanismus (5) eine Gleitplatte (51) umfasst, die so gestaltet ist, dass sie gleitend beweglich in dem Hohlraum (21) des Griffs (2) ist, ein Paar sich nach oben erstreckender, rückfedernder Schenkel (52), die sich von gegenüberliegenden Seiten der Gleitplatte (51) erstrecken, und ein Paar Verriegelungslaschen (53), gebildet an den jeweiligen rückfedernden Schenkeln (52), wobei die Verriegelungslaschen (53) so gestaltet sind, dass sie in die entsprechenden Öffnungen (9), die an dem Griff (2) gebildet sind, greifen, um den Gleitmechanismus (5) in der verriegelten Position zu verriegeln, und aus den entsprechenden Öffnungen (9) des Griffs (2) gelöst werden, wenn sie gegeneinander gedrückt werden, um dadurch die Bewegung des Gleitmechanismus (5) in dem Hohlraum (21) des Griffs (2) zu ermöglichen.
     
    6. Schneebesen (1) nach Anspruch 5, wobei der gleitende Abschnitt (13) ein hakenförmiges Ende aufweist, das in einer transversalen Bohrung (18), die an einem der rückfedernden Schenkel (52) des Gleitmechanismus (5) gebildet ist, aufgenommen wird, und wobei ein Stift (17) bereitgestellt ist, um das hakenförmige Ende des gleitenden Abschnitts (13) in der transversalen Bohrung (18) zu sichern.
     
    7. Schneebesen (1) nach Anspruch 5 oder 6, wobei der Griff (2) mit gegenüberliegenden, innenliegenden Führungsnuten (6) zum Führen der Bewegung des Gleitmechanismus (5) in dem Hohlraum (21) gebildet ist und wobei die Gleitplatte (51) geführt wird, um innerhalb des Hohlraums (21) des Griffs (2) in den Führungsnuten (6) beweglich zu sein.
     
    8. Schneebesen (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 7, wobei das Schneebesenelement (11) aus einem elastischen Material hergestellt ist.
     
    9. Schneebesen (1) nach Anspruch 8, wobei das elastische Material aus Metall, bevorzugt Edelstahl, oder Kunststoff ausgewählt ist.
     
    10. Schneebesen (1) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 9, wobei die Spiralkonfiguration eine kugelförmige Konfiguration ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Fouet (1) comprenant :

    un manche (2) présentant une cavité (21) ;

    un mécanisme coulissant (5) conçu pour être disposé de manière coulissante dans la cavité (21) ; et

    un corps de fouet (10) comprenant :

    un élément de fouet (11) présentant une première extrémité et une seconde extrémité, la première extrémité étant proximale au manche (2) et la seconde extrémité étant distale au manche (2),

    une branche fixe (12) s'étendant de la première extrémité dans une direction de coulissement du mécanisme coulissant (5) jusqu'au manche (2), et étant fixée au manche, et

    au moins une branche coulissante (13) s'étendant de la seconde extrémité dans une direction de coulissement du mécanisme coulissant (5) jusqu'au mécanisme coulissant (5), ladite branche coulissante (13) étant fixée au mécanisme coulissant (5) de telle sorte que ce dernier soit mobile de manière coulissante avec la branche coulissante (13) et la seconde extrémité de l'élément de fouet (11), caractérisé en ce que l'élément de fouet (11) est conçu pour être contraint à une configuration sensiblement plate dans un plan sensiblement perpendiculaire à la longueur du fouet (1) lorsque le mécanisme coulissant (5) est déplacé vers le haut dans une direction s'éloignant de l'élément de fouet (11) vers une position verrouillée de celui-ci sur le manche (2), et conçu pour se déployer vers une configuration hélicoïdale déployée lorsque le mécanisme coulissant (5) est déplacé vers le bas en direction de l'élément de fouet (11) vers une position déverrouillée de celui-ci sur le manche (2).


     
    2. Fouet (1) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le manche présente des fentes de guidage (6) internes opposées destinées à guider le déplacement du mécanisme coulissant (5) dans la cavité (21).
     
    3. Fouet (1) selon la revendication 2, dans lequel le manche (2) comprend une première partie (3) et une seconde partie (4) à travers lesquelles la cavité (21) et les fentes de guidage (6) s'étendent pour permettre au mécanisme coulissant (5) de se déplacer à l'intérieur de celles-ci ; et dans lequel la position verrouillée est disposée sur la première partie (3) et la position déverrouillée est disposée sur la seconde partie (4), la première partie (3) étant une partie supérieure du manche (2) et la seconde partie (4) étant une partie inférieure du manche (2).
     
    4. Fouet (1) selon la revendication 3, dans lequel la seconde partie (4) présente un élément inférieur (14) comprenant une plaque de fond (141) pourvue d'encoches (143) respectives pour permettre le passage de la branche fixe (12) et de la branche coulissante (13) à travers celles-ci afin d'aller dans la cavité (21) du manche (2), et d'une partie en saillie (142) s'étendant vers le haut depuis la plaque de fond (141) de façon à définir un passage pourvu d'un élément latéral s'étendant depuis une paroi intérieure de la seconde partie (4) de manière à recevoir et à fixer une extrémité recourbée de la branche fixe (12) dans le passage.
     
    5. Fouet (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, dans lequel le mécanisme coulissant (5) comprend une plaque coulissante (51) conçue pour être mobile de manière coulissante dans la cavité (21) du manche (2), une paire de bras élastiques (52) déployés vers le haut s'étendant depuis des côtés de la plaque coulissante (51), et une paire de pattes de verrouillage (53) disposées sur les bras élastiques (52) respectifs, les pattes de verrouillage (53) étant conçues pour venir en prise avec des ouvertures (9) respectives disposées sur le manche (2) afin de verrouiller le mécanisme coulissant (5) sur la position verrouillée, et pour se dégager des ouvertures (9) respectives du manche (2) lorsqu'elles sont pressées l'une contre l'autre, pour ainsi permettre le déplacement du mécanisme coulissant (5) dans la cavité (21) du manche (2).
     
    6. Fouet (1) selon la revendication 5, dans lequel la branche coulissante (13) présente une extrémité recourbée qui est reçue dans un alésage transversal (18) réalisé sur l'un des bras élastiques (52) du mécanisme coulissant (5), et dans lequel une broche (17) est prévue pour fixer l'extrémité recourbée de la branche coulissante (13) dans l'alésage transversal (18).
     
    7. Fouet (1) selon la revendication 5 ou 6, dans lequel le manche (2) présente des fentes de guidage (6) internes opposées destinées à guider le déplacement du mécanisme coulissant (5) dans la cavité (21), et dans lequel la plaque coulissante (51) est guidée pour se déplacer dans la cavité (21) du manche (2) dans les fentes de guidage (6).
     
    8. Fouet (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 7, dans lequel l'élément de fouet (11) est conçu dans un matériau élastique.
     
    9. Fouet (1) selon la revendication 8, dans lequel le matériau élastique est choisi parmi un métal, de préférence l'acier inoxydable, ou des matières plastiques.
     
    10. Fouet (1) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 9, dans lequel la configuration hélicoïdale présente une forme sphérique.
     




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