Definition of Paper knife
1. Noun. Dull knife used to cut open the envelopes in which letters are mailed or to slit uncut pages of books.
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Literary usage of Paper knife
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1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1877)
"The handle of this in- strument is a paper-knife, very handy to remove drawings that have been glued to the drawing-board. Nickel-plated, 25 cents ; German ..."
2. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1884)
"A very important tool is a flexible ivory or horn paper-knife; or, better still, and indeed far better, a peculiar paper-knife made of india rubber, ..."
3. American Druggist (1885)
"In some cases, this procedure will be necessary with each single capsule, but the force with which the paper knife is used should not be so great as to ..."