Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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sliding knife

A PLOW knife that slides along in a dovetail groove. Any length of the sliding knife may be exposed for cutting, unlike the BOLT KNIFE , which, being attached to the shoe of the plow is unavoidably a fixture and must be worn down by cutting before it will trim accurately. The sliding knife was invented toward the end of the 19th century and rapidly superseded the bolt knife. Also called "Scotch knife." (236 , 371 )




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