Today’s invention is an addition to penknives.
It takes the form of another ‘blade’ in that this tool is mounted on the same axle as other implements, albeit the one at the far end from the main knife.
Shown in red, on the left, the tool acts as a cover for the other blades when the knife is closed. This keeps all the usual lint and grit out of the penknife mechanism.
On the right, the main blade has been opened and the grip tool snapped back into place at its base.
This allows the user’s hand to press on the guard and keep the main blade locked for extra safety