from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tool having a flat flexible blade, used for scraping and applying putty.
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- n. a spatula used to mix or apply putty
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The putty knife and wrench that could fix almost anything that could go wrong with a Model T were of little use by the 1980s for a broken engine-management computer or antiskid braking system.
For example, owners could remove cylinder-head carbon, which causes knocking and power loss, from chamber roofs and piston crowns by loosening the fifteen cap screws that held the cylinder head and using a putty knife as a scraper.