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  • (First published in Ainslee's Magazine, Jan, 1902) "Thus will I give six blankets, warm and double; six files, large and hard; six Hudson Bay knives, keen-edged and long; two canoes, the work of Mogum, The Maker of Things; ten dogs, heavy-shouldered and strong in the harness; and three guns — the trigger of one be broken, but it is a good gun and can doubtless be mended."


  • He carried a jagged-edged saw in one hand and a short, keen-edged ax in the other, looking a lot like the star of a slasher film, she suddenly realized.

    A Stitch Before Dying

  • Presently the Moslems charged the Misbelievers and outflanked them right and left, whilst the elephants and giraffes trampled them and drove them into the hills and words, whither the Moslems followed hard upon them with the keen-edged sword and but few of the giraffes and elephants escaped.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • At each other ran Siegfried, the brave, and Liudeger; shafts were seen to fly and many a keen-edged spear.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • In their hands they bare their keen-edged swords, the which cleft there many a helm and lordly shield.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • The torches which stood in niches along the halls gleamed red on dagger, sword and keen-edged ax.

    Wings in the Night

  • In his right hand he held his slim spear as a man holds a throwing-dart, in his left a light, keen-edged hatchet.

    People of the Dark

  • It is bright, keen-edged, finely-tapered: it is dangerous-looking, I never yet felt the impulse which could move me to direct this against a fellow-creature.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • For anyone who lived through these eras, Dirda conjures up instant, keen-edged, unreasoning nostalgia.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • The fingers of his left hand curled round the haft of his keen-edged throwing axe as he stood to take the first watch.

    The Lioness


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