A flint-chip razor simile for a beak’s sharpness. Elsewhere in Tarka¬†we encounter birds skewering frogs through the head with their beaks, or otherwise impaling prey.

‘Its beak was sharp as a rock-splinter.’

 

Source: Henry Williamson, Tarka the Otter: His joyful water-life and death in the two rivers, illus. C.F. Tunnicliffe (Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, 1976 (1927)), p. 197

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  1. Mabel Amber

    I have actually witnessed a heron impaling a bird through the body with its beak “as sharp as a rock-splinter”.

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