Case knife


Case knife

:"This article refers to a type of table knife. For other uses see, Case knife (disambiguation)."

A case knife is a name used throughout the American South to refer to a table knife, i.e. a knife intended for use at the dining table. The origin of this usage comes from a time when inns did not customarily provide eating utensils with meals. The table fork was relatively new, and was often sold in combination with a knife and, sometimes, a spoon. Thus the term refers to a knife that was sold in a case, as part of a set of utensils intended for use in dining.


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  • Case knife — 1. A knife carried in a sheath or case. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. A large table knife; so called from being formerly kept in a case. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • case-knife — caseˈ knife noun A large knife kept in a sheath • • • Main Entry: ↑case …   Useful english dictionary

  • case knife — case′ knife n. 1) a sheath knife 2) a table knife • Etymology: 1695–1705 …   From formal English to slang

  • case knife — n. 1. SHEATH KNIFE 2. a table knife …   English World dictionary

  • case knife — noun 1. a metal blade with a handle; used as cutlery • Hypernyms: ↑table knife 2. a knife with a fixed blade that is carried in a sheath • Syn: ↑sheath knife • Hypernyms: ↑knife * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • case knife — n. knife in a case, knife inside a covering sheath; table knife …   English contemporary dictionary

  • case knife — 1. a knife carried or kept in a case or sheath. 2. a table knife. [1695 1705] * * * …   Universalium

  • case-knife — /ˈkeɪs naɪf/ (say kays nuyf) noun 1. a knife carried or kept in a case. 2. a table knife …   Australian English dictionary

  • case knife — noun Date: 1673 1. sheath knife 2. a table knife …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • case knife — noun a type of dagger carried in a sheath …   English new terms dictionary