The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #75102   Message #1315604
Posted By: Phil Cooper
03-Nov-04 - 04:05 PM
Thread Name: Wee pen knife
Subject: RE: Wee pen knife
I believe that at the time these ballads were written, that a pen knife was actually carried to cut food and had a longer blade than what we now call a pen knife. If someone was carrying a sword, along with a dagger down the sock, the shorter bladed knife on the belt would seem smaller than it might now. My singing partner Margaret points out that the blade of a "wee pen knife" was probably long enough to be considerd illegal in most cities these days.