from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In bookbinding, a flat knife (about 6 inches long, 1½ inches wide, and ¼ inch thick) with a rounded and pointed cutting-face, sharpened on one side only, which follows the groove of the bookbinders' plow in cutting books or paper.
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The forwarder, with his customary apron of leather, is in the foreground, making use of a plow-knife for trimming the edges of a book.
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