This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Aug 21, 2014

Pfaff Nasenpfeife Patent

Finally, the Pfaff Nasenpfeife patent became public. The Nasenpfeife is a German nose flute put on the market by Bernd Kaltenbach, which can be also used as a whistle and a bottle opener. We reviewed it there.

Filed on May 18, 2010, for the classes B67B 7/16 and G10K 5/00, the patent was delivered on May 5, 2011, with the number DE102010029044B3 and with mentions of Manuela Schulz as the inventor, and Stephan Ebner as Applicant/Owner.

The patent top description totally ignores the *nose* whistle function:

[EN]The opener (8) has an air supply chamber (10) with an air inlet opening (12) at a rear side of a base body and an air outlet opening (14) at a front side of a rear area, where the opener is made of metal or plastic. An air tearing edge (16) is formed at a side of a passage opening (DU) of a resonance cavity such that different whistler sounds are produced by air flow from the outlet opening during opening of a bottle and/or by a mouth opening that is partially covered by a lower side of the base body, where the side is arranged opposite to the outlet opening.
However, nose whistling is shown in Fig. 9A (you need to turn your head to the left to see it in the good position). Here are the most interesting illustrations in the patent:

The trademark Nasenpfeife has also been filed by Bernd Kaltenbach Nov. 3, 2012 and was registered Jan 22, 2013, with the number 3020120577458.

Nasenpfeife trademark and Bernd Kaltenbach:


  1. Very strange indeed that the patent description ignores the nose whistle function, as to me the object is an extended nose flute, a nose flute with an additional function. I guess it makes the perfect combination at the long tables at the German beer festivals...

    1. It is not the first patent in which nose fluting is not mentionned, as if the inventor was ashamed of the feature...