A knife with many names, and many uses. Shoe knife, leather knife, clipped point knife, saddler’s knife, heel parer. Most of these indicate use with leather. The blade is thick and strong, and come in varying lengths.The blade is securely attached to a wooden handle, usually with several rivets. Handles vary in quality, rosewood, or red-wood handles are usually more expensive, and may indicate a better quality of steel.
Bookbinders, and those working with papers, use these as paper knives, where they can be used as a blunt paper knife, to prise the fibres apart, or to cut the fibres. The length of blade allows it to follow the line of a fold.