sheath knife

1) A sharp, dagger-like knife kept in a sheath.

The sheather had an important role in the cutlery trade, and sheath knives would have been a common sight in the centuries before knifes were linked with forks as tableware. It is surprising therefore that the term has not been noted in the OED earlier than 1837. In Sheffield sheath knives were listed in Thomas Scargell’s inventory in 1714.

places Sheffield
dates 1714

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