Why Pen & Knife?
I picked Pen & Knife as the name for my editing business because often the writers I worked with in my writing group often reacted to ‘suggested’ edits as if knives were being taken to their writing- despite being reassured time and again that the author has the final decision what edits they choose to keep or discard.
I also imagined an editor editing in red ink… What I learned later is that penknife, or pen knife, is a British English term for a small folding knife. Today the word penknife is the common British English term for both a pocketknife, which can have single or multiple blades, and for multi-tools, with additional tools incorporated into the design. Originally, penknives were used for thinning and pointing quills (cf. penna, Latin for feather) to prepare them for use as dip pens and, later, for repairing or re-pointing the nib. A penknife might also be used to sharpen a pencil, prior to the invention of the pencil sharpener. In the mid-1800s, penknives were necessary to slice the uncut edges of newspapers and books, as well.