HAMILTON, ONTARIO - Remember as a kid how you were fascinated by the little ball that made the high-pitched trill of the policeman's whistle? The ball was cork, but called the pea, which added to its charm. At any rate, that pea in the whistle may become a thing of the past, thanks to Fortron International Inc., a family-owned marketing firm in Hamilton. Fortron has invented a whistle that produces, without the pea, the trill of the traditional whistle.
The new type is injection molded of ABS by privately owned Promold Corp. of Stony Creek, Ontario.
Shomer-Tec Inc., a Bellingham, Wash., purveyor of police and military equipment, features the Fox 40 whistle for $4 in black or orange,and you can get a lanyard for $2.
Shomer-Tec said the whistle has three harmonically tuned air chambers. Unlike conventional designs, in which the pea can stick, causing the sound to be blocked, the Fox 40 cannot be blocked.