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I keep my head tucked away inside,

A nice clean place for me to hide.

I'll pop right out when there's a tale to tell,

And when you're done go back in my shell.

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Can be

Pen

I keep my head tucked away inside,
A nice clean place for me to hide.

While not using, its cap is on

I'll pop right out when there's a tale to tell,

When there is something to write

And when you're done go back in my shell.

When writing is over

Title:

Well it is said to be mightier than sword

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    $\begingroup$ A great answer, kudos :) $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Aug 10 '16 at 20:00
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Okay, this may be a stretch but I think it's

the titular answer. A mighty tool.

I keep my head tucked away inside,

A tool keeps their head in their own world

A nice clean place for me to hide.

And doesn't bother them-self with, or likely doesn't understand, the unpleasantness of the situations they're involved in

I'll pop right out when there's a tale to tell,

You draw me into your world when you want to use, often through my effect on others (telling tales, for instance)

And when you're done go back in my shell.

In the end, I still don't know the purpose of the plot, or even the existence of a plot itself, and I return to my little world.

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Sounds like a

penknife

The reference to head is more literal when thinking of the

screwdriver blades

but could be taken metaphorically on models which don't have them.

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Seems like

Army Knife

I keep my head tucked away inside,

A nice clean place for me to hide.

always closed unless its needed

I'll pop right out when there's a tale to tell,

And when you're done go back in my shell.

right part of knife opened when needed and close right after.

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    $\begingroup$ What about the tale? $\endgroup$ – EKons Aug 10 '16 at 8:50
  • $\begingroup$ When its required or there is purpose then it serves, means it tells her tale. $\endgroup$ – Hardik Vaghani Aug 10 '16 at 8:52
  • $\begingroup$ I have not heard that it tells her tale when it is used... $\endgroup$ – EKons Aug 10 '16 at 8:54
  • $\begingroup$ I guess you didn't read my answer that begins with "Seems like" not "It is" that means possibility. $\endgroup$ – Hardik Vaghani Aug 10 '16 at 8:59
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    $\begingroup$ Is it a requirement here to be sure before posting anything? $\endgroup$ – eddie_cat Aug 10 '16 at 18:14

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