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Recently received this little bit of information from our friends at Spyderco in their "SpyderByte email. Thought it would be fun to pass along! Any superstitions you follow for knives?

Superstitions surrounding knives is plentiful. Superstition is the belief that an event can lead to the cause of another event, or a number of events. Here are a few superstitious dos and don’ts surrounding knives that may keep you the giver, or the recipient on the safe side of superstition.

When you are given a knife, it is appropriate (some believe required) to respond by giving a penny or the smallest coin in your wallet to the person giving you the knife. This act is cross cultural and practiced throughout Europe and Asia. The penny serves several purposes. It becomes a symbolic transaction, making the passing of the knife a purchase rather than a gift. It is believed the exchange of money eliminates bad omens and keeps the friendship between giver and receiver from ever being cut or severed. Some also believe the penny protects the owner from ever cutting themselves, or at least, from ever cutting themselves badly.

Some knife superstitions which may surprise you:

Receiving a knife as a gift from a lover, or gifting a knife to a newlywed couple, means that the love will soon end.

A knife placed under the bed during childbirth some say, eases the pain of labor.

Fights and disagreements will happen if knives are crossed at the table.

Always hand a knife back the person who handed it to you, in the same manner. If it is handed to you open, return it open, if you receive it closed- return it closed. Doing otherwise is bad luck.

Stirring powder or liquids with a knife causes problems. There is a an old rhyme which says, "Stir with a knife, stir up strife".

Some cultures believe a knife doesn’t belong to you until it has bitten you, or drawn blood. Believers in this superstition have been known to intentionally prick a finger on the blade rather than risk a later, accidental cut. It’s also thought that 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.

Determining if knife superstition is fact or fiction is really up to you. 

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I knew a couple of guys years ago that would not take or be given a knife without a coin also being exchanged. But no, I don't pay any attention to superstitions......except, I make sure that I have a knife in my pants/shorts at all times for fear that little cuts will appear all over my body from the angry knife Gremlins.

Wow, my silly superstition is in there. 

I'm a pretty unsuperstitous fellow.  For instance I pull out my little Case Mini Blackhorn just about every night and give it a few strokes on the fine side of my Smith's double sided sharpener.  Of course I wouldn't do that if a black cat crossed my path or I broke a mirror!

I always return it as I have recieved it, and I always give a coin upon getting a knife if I didn't swap a knife and it was just given!

Ain't nothing wrong with a Black cat! They get a bad rap!

Which is entirely possible! 

Craig Henry said:

I knew a couple of guys years ago that would not take or be given a knife without a coin also being exchanged. But no, I don't pay any attention to superstitions......except, I make sure that I have a knife in my pants/shorts at all times for fear that little cuts will appear all over my body from the angry knife Gremlins.

Yep the writings on the wall.......

Brad T. said:

Wow, my silly superstition is in there. 



Charles Sample said:

I'm a pretty unsuperstitous fellow.  For instance I pull out my little Case Mini Blackhorn just about every night and give it a few strokes on the fine side of my Smith's double sided sharpener.  Of course I wouldn't do that if a black cat crossed my path or I broke a mirror!Well he's not that scary anyway!

Sometimes that reputation is well deserved:

Max McGruder said:

I always return it as I have received it, and I always give a coin upon getting a knife if I didn't swap a knife and it was just given!

Ain't nothing wrong with a Black cat! They get a bad rap!

My boy, Mel was found on the street when he was just a lil kitten and could fit in the palm of my hand, so we rescued him and another that was about 6 yrs ago! He does have allergies and may sneeze in your face if your not careful and he likes to play rough!

I've always given a penny when receiving a knife to ward off bad luck.

We have a lot of cats here Max, they ward off the mice  and other stuff especially where we store grain, Its funny, some are friendly as could be and others are mean. Yours looks like a good one though!  Yep all cats welcomed here....

Max McGruder said:

My boy, Mel was found on the street when he was just a lil kitten and could fit in the palm of my hand, so we rescued him and another that was about 6 yrs ago! He does have alleries and may sneeze in your face if your not careful and he likes to play rough!

I still do this!

Chuck Parham said:

I've always given a penny when receiving a knife to ward off bad luck.

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