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See also: clasp knife


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clasp-knife (plural clasp-knives)

  1. A knife with a folding blade or blades.
    • 1886, R.M. Ballantyne, Red Rooney
      “Well, this knife is called a clasp-knife, because it shuts and opens, as you see, and it has three blades — a big one for cuttin’ up your victuals with, as you see me doin’; and two little ones for parin’ your nails and pickin’ your teeth, an’ mendin’ pens an’ pencils — though of course you don’t know what that means.”