spring knife

1) This was the term which became popular for penknives and pocket-knives in the latter half of the seventeenth century.

In 1690, George Harrison of Sheffield had in his possession 6 olivante Spring knives 6 plain Springe knives … 3 dozen horn Spring knives. The inventory of Lewis Nawl of Sheffield Park shows that he made spring knives but neither he nor his contemporaries was called a ‘spring knife maker’.

places Sheffield
dates 1690

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