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Knife Gift Superstition

So I was just told that I should never except a knife as a gift. It reminded me that I had seen it in a movie at some time but I have never acted on it. I guess you are supposed to give the knife giver something in return so it can be considered a trade instead of a gift. I am going to have to track some people down to give them something for the knives I have gotten over the years.

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Knife Gift Superstition

First time I've heard that one.

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First time for me too

expatriate wrote:

First time I've heard that one.

 

First time for me too

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me too

First time hearing that for me as well. With all the knives I've given away, I might have some extra stuff from Santa too....lol. Dancing

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The superstition goes that

The superstition goes that when you give a knife then the recipient should give a coin back to the giver so as to pay for the knife so that it really isn't a gift.  Or for the giver to tape a penny to the knife blade and then accept the penny as payment for the knife. 

Myself and a friend have been doing this for the last 20 years by giving a knife and getting payment for it to avoid bad luck. 

Another superstition is that the knife really isn't yours until it has drawn the owners blood.  Now that is one that I try and stay away from.   

 
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vague recollection

It seems that I have heard some version of this in the past.  I think it was an Inuit tradition.  Something like karma, that if you accepted a gift knife (or stole one) that the universe would take some of your luck away.  So you had to swap something of like value for it so as not to be a cheat in the karma pool. 

Another version is that it is deadly bad luck to accept a dead sailors knife.  That one maintains that a man's knife should go to the bottom with him in case he has to cut himself loose of anything holding him down.  I suppose it stems from the idea that if you tie a man up and throw him over board, then you'd take his knife away.

But I have given and received knives, including received several from family members after they passed on to the next life and my 'luck' seems to be getting better and better.  I am more blessed every year that goes by - Thank God! 

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Interesting

Those are all interesting thoughts/sayings/traditions or whatever (urban legends?).

The only one that I have heard is one that I like better than any of these.

"Give a man your knife and make a friend for life."

The only catch to this one is that it has to be your knife.

I have done it twice, and so far, the guys are still my friends. Big smile

 

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Well in Germany...

In Germany it's considered bad luck to give a knife as a gift on Mothers Day.

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Well in Germany...

In Germany it's considered bad luck to give a knife as a gift on Mothers Day.

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Knife gift superstition

The same thing could be said in America for vacuum cleaners and gym memberships.

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This is a new one to me

This is a new one to me also...

I have a knife... that I am going to give to a member on this forum.

It is a one-of custom and is a sweet looking knife... I will post it later this afternoon.

I am giving it solely out of respect... I bought it several years ago and it has never been to the field.

The new owner does not know it is coming yet - but he will shortly.

What he will have to do, however, is to find the post that it is offered in.

I will make sure to tape a penny to the blade and he can mail the penny back or toss it into a wishing pool with a good wish for me - as long as that will ward away any bad luck!

Start guessing, boys....

 

Thanks - Jim

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