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Thread #75102   Message #3044071
Posted By: GUEST,Mike
01-Dec-10 - 07:57 AM
Thread Name: Wee pen knife
Subject: RE: Wee pen knife
Thanks Yankee,
Another obvious fact that has been overlooked, I think, is that POCKETS are a modern invention (still trying to find out when they appeared) Point being that in the old ballads the option of saying POCKET knife had not yet arrived?
The Tracy Andrews case, proves my point, She used a POCKET knife I believe.
I wonder if the Royal Armouries could shed light on your "brown blade" puzzle. It reminds me a bit of reading something about the "Brown Bess" musket.
I will give it some thought