Paperknife

identifier

ID 686

morphology

craft

craft

holotype

MOT V 97.0109 L=8cm WD=3,5cm WT=9gr. Inscription: Masslinn ® CHICOPEE image unknown.

holotype

MOT V 2002.0080 (knife) L=24cm WD=2cm WT=34gr. Inscription: INTEGRA.

holotype

MOT V 2002.0081 (knife) L=19cm WD=1,5cm WT=35gr. Inscription: CICO LUKALA ROSTFREI STAINLESS INOXIDABLE.

alias

letter opener (syn.)
description

Metal, wooden, bone, ivory or plastic knife (approx. 20-25 cm long), usually in one piece, with a flat and narrow (approx. 0.5-1 cm) blade that tapers towards the end. The edge is not sharp and the point is relatively blunt. With a paperknife you can easily cut open envelopes and books; it is inserted respectively into the fold of the cover or between two uncut leaves of a book and then cut open along the fold.

Sometimes the letter opener is equipped with a pocket knife at the other end.

Another paperknife model has a razor-sharp blade (approx. 3 cm) in a rectangular plastic handle, which is no thicker than 4 mm.

This type of paperknife is not to be confused with the folder. [MOT]