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Knife to paper

I've never had the pleasure of checking out and reading a library book which had not already had its pages sliced. This one was a brochure of 24 pages printed in 1902. Clearly no one had read it before, as it needed a fair bit of slicing in order to be readable.

I presume the appelation "letter opener" refers to the same thing as a "paper knife". But does it? Are they the same sharpnesses? If so, at what point did the paper knife become so obsolete and specialized as to only be used for opening letters?


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Aug. 22nd, 2003 05:53 am (UTC)
Hmmm.... all the letter openers I've used have been fairly blunt. I certainly wouldn't want to use them while slicing open a book...
Aug. 22nd, 2003 06:04 am (UTC)
I used a letter opener to slice open this particular book, but the paper was quite old, and easily sliced with a blunt edge.
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