each of them with two knives apiece


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Cantonese, Hong Kong
No sooner had he looked at the page than the door swung open again and in came three, Beatriz, the tall one, pretty Carmen, and then Ishmael, each of them with two and three knives apiece.

Source: Bel Canto

Is "apiece" here redunant since "each of them" already states clearly that all of them have their own knifes ? Thanks
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I think apiece is redundant. In fact, it looks like a mistake to me. Maybe the author started with one, then changed his mind, but forgot to remove the first when he added the other.
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