- a large pocket knife having a blade or blades that may be folded into the handle.
Origin of clasp knife
Examples from the Web for clasp knife
Historical Examples of 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