What is a pocket knife? 

     
     
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A pocket knife is a type of utility knife which is foldable or retractable, allowing for safe storage in the pocket by preventing accidental contact between the blade’s sharp edge and clothing or skin. 

 
     
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The blade on a pocket knife fits inside the handle during use, and can either be flipped or folded open, or extended by a button release or sliding lock mechanism.

 
     
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This type of knife is also known as a jack-knife - the origins of this name are not certain, but may be because of the pocket knife's long association with sailors, colloquially known as 'jack lads'. 

 
     
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The pocket knife is a very versatile tool which can be used for a variety of cutting tasks, and even to perform some emergency medical procedures. 

 
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