When taking down one’s tent, it’s a pain not to be able to pull the poles out (because they separate and get lost or jammed in the fabric).
Today’s invention is to provide each section of tent pole with a very simple lock and key (outlined in green).
The lock would be made by just sawing halfway through the metal end of a pole junction and breaking one end of the material out (left end). This key would need an L-shaped slot cut in the corresponding end of the next section (right end), so that it was always kept away from protruding through any fabric.
This simple bayonet-fit would allow the poles to be joined before putting the tent up and then happily pulled out of the fabric retainers when taking the tent down.