The present invention relates to a writing apparatus and in particular
to a writing apparatus to draw circles or circular arcs.
Prior art writing apparatus to draw circles or circular arcs consists
of a V-shaped hinged instrument with first pointed leg hinged to a second leg hich
includes a laterally disposed attachment along the second leg to receive and hold
an elongate writing instrument such as a pencil or a pen commonly a grip holder
is secured at the hinge, to facilitate the holding of the apparatus to draw the
circles or the circular arcs. The distance between the terminal end of the pointed
leg and the sharp point of the rib or lead of the writing apparatus forms the radius
of the circle or circular arc to be drawn. One of the disadvantages of the prior
art, is that to facilitate the convenient operation of the writing apparatus the
pen or pencil has to be substantially shorter than the lenght of the second leg.
Otherwise the free end of the pen or pencil interferes with the thumb and index
finger movement when the first leg is rotated about its longitudinal axis in the
drawing of a circle or circular arc.
In prior art writting apparatus of the type described above, the laterally
disposed attachment includes a cylindrical block with grooves (threads) along
the circumferential surface. An aperture is provided along the cylindrical block
to receive a pen or pencil. A tightenable circular ring is provided, to securely
fasten the pen or pencil in the sand aperture by rotating the circular ring towards
the longitudinal axis of the second leg until the circular ring firmly presses
against the pen or pencil already in the aperture such an arrangement to secure
a pen or pencil in the aperture is extremely inconvenient in that as the grooves
wear out, it is difficult to rotate the circular ring along the grooves.
Thus it is an object of the present invention to provide a writing
apparatus to draw circles and/or circular arcs wherein only one leg is provided
and wherein the writing instrument is received and held by a clip mechanism.
According to the invention there is provided a writing apparatus to
draw circles and/or circular arcs of pre-determined radius constisting of a sharp
pivotal point at the terminal end of an elongate leg member and a holder to receive
a writing instrument such as a pen or pencil and a finger member to rotate the
apparatus about its vertical axis. The holder is rotatable about an axis perpendicular
to the longitudinal axis of the elongate leg member and is secured to the elongate
Advantageously the holder to receive a writing instrument includes
a clip means rotatably fastened to a lateral finger.
The lateral finger can be secured to the elongate leg member in the
perpendicular or at any desired angle to the longitudinal axis. To control the
rotational movemnet of the clip means, it is frictionally controlled at the axis
of the mount to the lateral finger. The angle of rotation of the clip means about
the axis of the mount is preferably 360° is both clockwise and counterclockwise
In order that the invention may be more clearly understood reference
will now be made to the accompanying drawings which show a preferred embodiment
thereof by way of example and in which :-
Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the drawing apparatus embodying the
Fig. 2 is a front elevation thereof.
Fig. 3 is a plan view of the drawing apparatus shown in Fig. 1.
Fig. 4 is a rear view of the drawing apparatus shown in Fig. 1.
Referring now to the drawings in Figs. 1 to 4 a writing apparatus
(10) has a longitudinal leg member (12), with a sharp pointed end (14) and a grip
means (16) at the other end. A means (18) to hold a writing Instrument (20) is
provided and which means is rotatable about an axis substantially perpendicular
to the longitudinally axis of leg member (12).
The leg member (12) is elongate and includes a terminal sharp end
(14). The sharp end can be an integral part of the leg member (12) or alternatively
a sharp pointed metal end (14) can be secured into the leg member (12) which leg
member can be hollow or solid. In the preferred embodiment, a metal rod is secured
into a partially hollow leg member. A metal end retains its pointedness over a
longer duration of usage as compared to a plastics pointed end.
The other end of the leg member includes a grip means (16). The grip
means preferably includes a friction surface to provide a non-slip grip, the friction
surface is preferably a grooved surface.
The writing apparatus (10) includes a lateral flange number (22) which
is designed and configured to receive a clip (24). One arm (26) of the clip is
rotatably mounted onto the lateral finger member (22); the axis of rotation of
the clip (24) being perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the leg member. Suitable
frictional elements, such as friction washers are included in the joint means connecting
the lateral flange member and the arm of the clip. The internal gripping surface
of the clip can be configured to secure the writing instrument such as a pencil
or a pen in a non-slip manner or alternatively can be configured to grip specific
writing instruments. The biasing means in the clip is selected such that the writing
instrument can be inserted into the clip by applying thumb pressure on the arms
of the clip.
It will be understood that other suitable means to secure and hold
a writing instrument can be secured to the lateral finger member (22).
The operation of the writing apparatus will now be described. A writing
instrument (20) such as a pencil or a pen is introduced into the clip (24). The
distance between the tip of the sharp metal end and the tip of the writing instrument
would form the radius of the circle or the circular arc to be drawn. The radius
can be varied by adjusting the angle of inclination of the writing instrument to
the longitudinal axis of the leg member. As the clip can rotated 360° about the
joint means, it is possible to vary the radius from a very small measure to a large
measure. The circle or the circular arc is drawn by holding the grip means (16)
between the thumb and fore-finger and rotating the leg member about its longitudinal
The invention can suitably be made of rigid material such as metals
or rigid plastics.
it will be understood that the drawing apparatus is capable of many
modifications in structure and design without departing from the spirit of the
invention within the scope of the appended claims.