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Post by knives-are-quiet » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:12 pm

What's a toilet knife?
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Post by orvet » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:40 pm

An old usage of the word I believe; toilet had to do with most aspects of personal hygiene. Included would be manicure and trimming hair.
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Post by philco » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:43 pm

I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the answer to this one. ::woot::
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Post by orvet » Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:03 pm

philco wrote:I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the answer to this one. ::woot::
Which seat would that be Phil, the toilet seat? :mrgreen:
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Post by 1967redrider » Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:35 pm

orvet wrote:
philco wrote:I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the answer to this one. ::woot::
Which seat would that be Phil, the toilet seat? :mrgreen:
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Post by Mumbleypeg » Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:48 pm

Here is an example of a toilet knife. Nowadays we call it a “grooming” knife. This one is from the late 19th century most likely.

Among the blades and tools are a nail file/cuticle blade, a toothpick (made of tortoise shell), a mustache comb, a button hook, a corkscrew (for opening small bottles of cologne, perfumes or medicines) and an earwax spoon. ::woot::

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Post by eveled » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:15 pm

We still use the word toiletry to describe things associated with hygiene. So think toiletry knife.

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Post by clockman » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:17 pm

A person could get hurt with a knife like that. clockman

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Post by Mumbleypeg » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:21 pm

clockman wrote:A person could get hurt with a knife like that. clockman
:lol: I'm sure if produced today it would have an OSHA warning label. I'd hate to see what you'd have to do to tell one in Kalifornia!

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Post by Doc B » Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:57 pm

Learned something new today...interesting knife, Ken! ::tu::
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Post by samb1955 » Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:26 am

knives-are-quiet wrote:What's a toilet knife?

an-advert-for-lh-turtle-ltd-knives-from-an-old-british-magazine-from-the-1914-1919-period-R5H7A7.jpg
Maybe a turd cutter?

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Post by knives-are-quiet » Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:36 am

samb1955 wrote:
knives-are-quiet wrote:What's a toilet knife?

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Maybe a turd cutter?
I thought that at 1st but didn't they have out houses back then?

I figure it's English for a straight razor?

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Post by FRJ » Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:43 am

Nice old knife, Ken. ::tu::
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Post by Mumbleypeg » Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:48 am

Doc B wrote:Learned something new today...interesting knife, Ken! ::tu::
Thanks y’all! Definitely a historical piece that provides a glimpse into how folks lived in the late 1800’s. And the cutlery workmanship is amazing. Everything still works as it should. ::tu::

BTW, Webster’s defines “toilet” as “the act or process of dressing and grooming oneself”.

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Post by eveled » Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:34 am

Sounds like the word toilet is older than what we call a toilet is.

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