A paper knife or letter opener is a knife-like object used to open envelopes or to slit uncut pages of books. Electric versions are also available, which work by using motors to slide the envelopes across a blade. These have the advantage of being able to handle a greater volume of envelopes, but the blade can slice into the contents of the envelope and damage them.
Patrick Henry's letter opener
American politician Patrick Henry is famous for making a speech before the Virginia House of Burgesses on March 23, 1775, stating the famous words "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" After this, he pretended to plunge a letter opener into his chest.
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- Kukla, Amy; Kukla, Jon (2002). Patrick Henry: Voice of the Revolution. PowerPlus Books. pp. 45–46. ISBN 0-8239-5725-X.
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