a large pocketknife, esp. one with blades which, when open, can be secured by a catch
A pocketknife with a folding blade.
(plural clasp knives)
- Alternative spelling of clasp-knife.
- a knife with a folding blade or blades.
- “Well, this knife is called a clasp-knife, because it shuts and opens, as you see, and it has three blades — a big one for cuttin’ up your victuals with, as you see me doin’; and two little ones for parin’ your nails and pickin’ your teeth, an’ mendin’ pens an’ pencils — though of course you don’t know what that means.” — R.M. Ballantyne, “Red Rooney”, 1886