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moon knife

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noun Tanning.
  1. a crescent-shaped knife used to scrape hides.
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Origin of moon knife

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples

  • The flesh side of the leather is then pared with the moon-knife, or in the shaving machine, to equalise the thickness.

    Leather

    K. J. Adcock