from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The knife of a leather-splitting machine. It is usually a steel plate of the length of the cylinder, or about 6 feet long, and is gaged to a distance from a roller over which the sheet separates and the grain-side split winds as the hide passes through the machine.
- noun A knife used for splitting fish.
- noun In diamond-cutting, a steel blade used by the diamond-cleaver.
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Percy, who was wielding his splitting-knife with good effect, as his oilskins showed, glanced up quickly.
That afternoon he watched Percy skilfully handle the splitting-knife and later do his part in baiting the trawl.
That afternoon Percy again wielded the splitting-knife.