One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A knife with a blade that folds into the handle.
- ‘Pulling worn roping gloves over his hands, he took out a clasp knife.’
- ‘Being thus provided with an opportunity to ruminate it was impossible not to think of the happy recovery of my clasp knife.’
- ‘It was a clasp knife with a broken hasp and it swung open with the sound of a cockroach's shell crunching underfoot.’
- ‘Abruptly, I remember the stranger's last words, and dig into my pocket, drawing forth the clasp knife, wordlessly holding it out for her.’
- ‘Perhaps the most diagnostic type is the clasp knife that is frequently found on eighteenth-century French sites throughout interior North America.’
clasp knife/ˈklasp ˈˌnīf/
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