Knife

is the emblem borne by St. Agatha, St. Albert, and St. Christina.

The flaying knife
is the emblem of St. Bartholomew, because he was flayed. A sacrificing knife is borne in Christian art by St. Zadkiel, the angel.

The knife of academic knots.
Chrysippos, so called because he was the keenest disputant of his age (B.C. 280-207).

War to the knife.
Deadly strife.

Knife

= sword or dagger.

“Till my keen knife see not the wound it makes.”

Shakespeare: Macbeth, i. 5.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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