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7RiverMan7
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USA
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  7:30:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Some of you guys were wondering about taping a penny to the knife to give it as a gift.



Knife superstitions

In some places it is traditionally believed that the giving of a knife as a gift to a friend will cut or sever the relationship. To avoid such ill luck, the receiver should give a coin in return so as to "pay" for the gift. It is common to include a penny, often taped to the blade, with a knife given as a gift which the receiver is to return as "payment".

Stirring liquids or powders with a knife is often considered unlucky. One rhyme says, "Stir with a knife, stir up strife".

In some cultures giving a knife as a gift is considered a sign of respect and trust. This is especially true in Finland where various non-governmental organizations, clubs and even government agencies traditionally give a puukko (a Finnish fixed-blade hunting/outdoor knife) as a gift to trusted employers or contacts. The puukko is always presented handle first as a sign of trust and friendly intentions.

In many places in the United States it is considered bad luck to hand an open, folding blade knife to someone. This is especially true in more rural areas where carrying a pocket knife is as common as carrying a set of keys. This may stem from safety issues. It is also believed that allowing someone to close a folding blade knife that you have opened is bad luck.

Just as with swords, regional and cultural superstitions exist regarding the treatment of knives that are used in combat. One common superstition states that it is bad luck to return a combat knife from its sheath without using it to draw blood. A variant myth exists surrounding drawing a knife (e.g. a sgian dubh) without drawing the blood of a cultural enemy (e.g an Englishman). Sometimes these superstitions are actually attempts to insult the culture of the supposed believer.

Some cultures believe that a knife does not belong to an individual until it has 'bit' them, or tasted their blood. Believers in such superstitions may intentionally prick a finger on the blade of a knife rather than risk a later, accidental cut. According to this superstition, the knife will stay sharp longer and is less likely to accidentally cut its owner once it has tasted his or her blood.

In some parts of America, it is considered bad luck to sharpen a knife, or any blade, after dark.

dan kelly
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  7:33:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i always give a silver coin when i give a knife to someone, it`s just the way i was brought up.

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pietro75
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  7:38:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When My Grandpa was dying from cancer he gave me his pocket knife and I had to pay a penny for it.

My Father-in-law never gave anyone a closed knife and said never close a knife handed to you open.


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matwor
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  7:39:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Dan, can I borrow a knife? Or did you mean give a knife as in forever???





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dan kelly
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  7:43:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
matwor.....no only if i give it as a gift forever

i might be superstisious, but i`m not crazy!

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Spider7115
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  7:53:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dan kelly

i always give a silver coin when i give a knife to someone, it`s just the way i was brought up.



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dan kelly
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  8:08:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
spider..

although i`m exempt..you won`t post `em to other copuntries

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storm6490
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  8:09:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
leave the blood on it. just wipe the clots off. sharpen it and oil. the blood is acidic and really makes a cool color over the years.

only do this with my hunting knife.

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quickmajik
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  8:17:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If someone else opened a folder, they have to close it. I wont.

Grand dad always told my dad not to close a knife someone else had opened, its bad luck, dad told me.

It only took me one cement block squarely pointly edgewise on sneakered toe when I was 10 too figure it out.

I'm fine with breaking miriors, walking under ladders, and black puddytatts tho.
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Colt Super
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  8:25:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 7RiverMan7

Some of you guys were wondering about taping a penny to the knife to give it as a gift. I do this.

Some cultures believe that a knife does not belong to an individual until it has 'bit' them, or tasted their blood. Believers in such superstitions may intentionally prick a finger on the blade of a knife rather than risk a later, accidental cut. According to this superstition, the knife will stay sharp longer and is less likely to accidentally cut its owner once it has tasted his or her blood.

I do this, too.

Why is it that I don't consider myself superstitious, then ??

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RCrosby
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  8:30:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Why is it that I don't consider myself superstitious, then ??

Easy.
We honor traditions.
Other folks are superstitious.
Grew up with sharp blades and gunpowder, but these were new to me.
Thanks for sharing!

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Colonel Plink
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  9:30:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Never turn you back on a pissed-off coke-head holding a knife.

Especially if your marriage in in trouble.

Just trust me on this.

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jimdeere
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  9:35:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Colonel Plink

Never turn you back on a pissed-off coke-head holding a knife.

Especially if your marriage in in trouble.

Just trust me on this.


That's not superstition, that's self-preservation!

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Colonel Plink
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  9:39:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jimdeere

quote:
Originally posted by Colonel Plink

Never turn you back on a pissed-off coke-head holding a knife.

Especially if your marriage in in trouble.

Just trust me on this.


That's not superstition, that's self-preservation!



Yeah, well NOW it would be.

Some lessons are just hard-learned, man.

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nunn
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  9:49:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Don't let a suicidal/homicidal 14-year-old pick up a knife in his kitchen. If he reaches for it, go ahead and season him up well with the OC.

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wlfmn323
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Posted - 05/05/2009 :  11:55:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
the ones i grew up with, are never close a knife you did not open, and if you receive a knife as a gift, you have to pay at least a penny. we never give the penny with the knife tho. that last one came down from my great grandfather, theory is if you pay for the knife you will never cut yourself with it, and it is easier to sharpen and it will stay sharp longer. probably hogwash but have never cut myself with a knife that i paid for. our kitchen knifes that were wedding presents i have, i have cut myself with other peoples knifes, and on knifes that i for some reason or another never gave the penny.

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screwobama
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Posted - 05/06/2009 :  12:20:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have never heard these superstitions but now I'm confused. First it says to pay at leasst a penny for a knife when given as a gift but another superstition also says a knife is not your unless it has bit you. Does one cancel the other????

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dan kelly
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Australia
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Posted - 05/06/2009 :  12:26:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
another strange one i was brought up to believe in...and practice is to never ever give a mirror to anyone unless you also give a silver coin with it, or you will get more than 7 years bad luck

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