noun (plural penknives /-ˌnīvz/)
A small pocketknife with a blade that folds into the handle.
- A sharp implement (a penknife or small screwdriver blade) driven into the timber would have had little resistance on entry or removal.
- The washbag should only contain absolute musts and with the current climate no scissors, razor blades, penknives, etc unless you want them confiscated.
- Some people do happen to have things like penknives in their pocket when they come into court.
So named because originally used for making and mending quill pens.
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