Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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paring knife

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A knife used for paring the edges of leather to be turned over the edges of the boards. The knife has its cutting edge at the end, and is ground flat on the underside and beveled on the upper. There are several varieties of this type of knife: the English paring knife has a flat cutting edge; the French knife is rounded; the German knife, while rounded like the French version, is also ground at an angle. Except for paring the edges of leather, the paring knife has been largely superseded by the SPOKESHAVE . (154 , 204 , 236 , 335 )

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