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paper knife

noun
1.
a small, often decorative, knifelike instrument with a blade of metal, ivory, wood, or the like, for slitting open envelopes, the leaves of books, folded papers, etc.
2.
the blade of a paper cutter.
Origin of paper knife
1800-1810
1800-10
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  • Sir Allan laid the paper knife carefully in his place, and shutting the book, rose from his chair.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Paddy Culling scratched his head thoughtfully with a paper knife.

    The Sixth Sense Stephen McKenna
  • A paper knife that would break when it fell on the floor wouldn't be of much use, and you are not through yet.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • A book which has the folds of leaves cut by hand with a paper knife, has its edges opened.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
  • He simply pushed a letter across the table toward me with the end of a paper knife.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • One player holds on his upturned palm a ruler, a paper knife, or a small thin strip of wood.

  • The Judge glanced up at me, slipping his paper knife end over end through his fingers.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • At Orde's appearance in the doorway, he looked up calmly, his paper knife poised, keeping the place.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • It will require a harder wood, however, than you have been using, as a paper knife must be thin and strong at the same time.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • He drew one of the defamed chairs to the table and sat down to test the broad ivory blade of the paper knife.

    The Woman in Black Edmund Clerihew Bentley

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