- a large pocket knife having a blade or blades that may be folded into the handle.
Origin of clasp knife
First recorded in 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for clasp knife
And Tumm picked at the knot with his clasp-knife; and we sat watching, silent, all.The Cruise of the Shining Light
"If Tom Kidd goes 'e'll shut up like a clasp-knife," said Lew.Soldiers Three, Part II.
With a clasp-knife he was cutting the leather in a spiral, paring off a thin lace.One Man's Initiation--1917
John Dos Passos
He flourished his clasp-knife and bent and cut the lashings.
In all haste he pulled his clasp-knife and cut the lashings which held the boat in its chocks.
- a large knife with one or more blades or other devices folding into the handle
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