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Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:29 AM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:36 AM
Can anyone throw any light on ... ... the term pack knife?
Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:40 AM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:36 PM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:39 PM
Knives much like this available in good ironmongers as recently as the 1970s. Always referred to as Jack Kinves. Many of the Cable Jointers working for my father then carried one as the spike was very useful for separating the strands in a high voltage cable to allow splicing. The one in your photo has been well used with the blade re sharpened many times.
Jack knife is the type, but its not the army issue version, which was distinctly different despite having the same blade features. It's easy to overlook how many men used to carry a pocket knife out of necessity 100yrs ago, and I don't mean for protection. I feel sure this particular knife will have had civilian origins and may well have been retained by its owner on being sent overseas, or possibly sent out to someone as a gift etc? Hundreds of thousands of similar blades will have been made in Sheffield by numerous makers.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:56 PM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 06:16 PM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:21 PM
Anyone know for sure where the term 'Jack' knife comes from? I've tended to think it must have senior service navy origins with the knife being issued to Jack Tars to cut & splice rope etc?
Posted 11 February 2012 - 12:07 AM
Maybe they meant Jack knife
Posted 11 February 2012 - 10:53 AM
The site below suggests that, and another possibility of it being a derivitive of "jock" for a Scottish knife:
I always assumed myself the jack part came from the word associated with lifting (eg a car jack), and referred to the blade having to be lifted out to use.
Posted 11 February 2012 - 02:23 PM
Jack knife is the type, but its not the army issue version, which was distinctly different despite having the same blade features.