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In Irish lore is a knife is facing up toward the moon then it is a sign of good luck.
The i seen a sight that said a knife pointing upward means danger. (i would go with this one. )
If you give a knife to a friend it will sever the friendship. to reverse the ill luck, you should repay them with a coin.

In other cultures, like finland, to give a knife is a sign of respect. 
Stirring liquids with a knife is unlucky.
It is unlucky to hand someone an open pocket knife.

a few more from a"Folklore what does it mean"

-A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will soon end.

-A knife placed under the bed during childbirth will ease the pain of labor.

-If a friend gives you a knife, you should give him a coin, or your friendship will soon be broken.

-It will cause a quarrel if knives are crossed at the table.

-It is bad luck to close a pocketknife unless you were the one who opened it.

-Unless they are immediately straightened, crossed knives on a countertop or table indicate that an argument will ensue. 

-A steel knife was regarded as being protection against fairies and curses.

-A house could be protected by a knife being thrust into the door.

-A baby protected by a knife stuck into the headboard of its cradle (certainly not a recommended practice now!).

-A knife could also be thrust into the mast of a boat for luck, although the word 'knife' was never spoken at sea. 

-A knife falling to the ground means the arrival of a male visitor.

- Always open a knife before handing it to someone, Never return, or accept back a closed knife,its bad luck

-A knife with a white handle could be used to divine whether the enquirer's future spouse would be fair or dark. The knife was spun round, and if it came to rest with the handle pointing towards the enquirer, the spouse would be fair; if the blade pointed at them, the spouse would be dark.

-The dropping of a knife foretells the visit of a man friend in the near future. 

-A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will soon end. 

-Dropping silverware causes company. Drop a spoon and the company will be female, drop a fork and the company will be male. Dropping a knife will break the spell. 

-Never give a knife as a housewarming present, or your new neighbor will become an enemy. 

Info from another site...on Folklore

* A knife as a gift from a lover means that the love will soon end.
* A knife placed under the bed during childbirth will ease the pain of labor.
* If a friend gives you a knife, you should give him a coin, or your friendship will soon be broken.
* It will cause a quarrel if knives are crossed at the table.
* It is bad luck to close a pocketknife unless you were the one who opened it.
* Unless they are immediately straightened, crossed knives on a countertop or table indicate that an argument will ensue.
* In previous centuries a knife was a very personal possession, carried at all times by its owner and used for hunting and work as well as cutting food.
* A steel knife was regarded as being protection against fairies and curses.
* A house could be protected by a knife being thrust into the door.
* A baby protected by a knife stuck into the headboard of its cradle (certainly not a recommended practice now!)/
* A knife could also be thrust into the mast of a boat for luck, although the word 'knife' was never spoken at sea.
* A knife falling to the ground means the arrival of a male visitor.
* A knife with a white handle could be used to divine whether the enquirer's future spouse would be fair or dark. The knife was spun round, and if it came to rest with the handle pointing towards the enquirer, the spouse would be fair; if the blade pointed at them, the spouse would be dark
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some guy did a site just for knife folklore and superstitions

http://www.jamesakeating.com/JakX.html

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Comment by peter force on March 3, 2013 at 17:36

oh oh oh..i know one... i have a knife that was a gift.very nice knife... from the Forge-de-Laguiole.anyway it has in its ram horn handles...which by the way are awesome...{i know i gotta get the camera out..} but i did find a pic online that will show you the corss made of pins that i mean..

anyway its setup on the mark side of the blade with pins that make up a cross.when you open the toothpick.which its full size.5 inches closed.once opened if you stuick the blade into anything the CROSS made out of the pins becomes your worship piece "on the go" .

Comment by peter force on March 3, 2013 at 17:16

thanx sue...i liked this very much... i have heard about so many things being put under beds during childbirth but a knife is a first...normally its things like roots or herbs...and everyhing else that doesnt work verse the good ole EPPY! ...at least thats what i hear...lol

Comment by Jan Carter on March 3, 2013 at 7:31

A Boline, or white-handled knife, was the tool of witches and it was therefore considered unlucky to have any white-handled knife onboard. a ship

Comment by Michael D. on March 3, 2013 at 7:18

Very interesting indeed! Certain Balkan peoples (Romania [Dracula's home], Bulgaria, Serbia, etc.) believe putting a knife or axe under a child's bed will ward off evil spirits/vampires.

Comment by Sue OldsWidow on February 26, 2013 at 19:26

This one has a name....I would think most here should know this folklore Sword??????

Comment by Sue OldsWidow on February 26, 2013 at 19:16

Bloody Knife

A Novia Scotia Ghost Story

From the Micmac Tribe

retold by

S.E. Schlosser

Many and many a year ago, two Micmac warriors from rival villages got into a terrible argument. Harsh words were exchanged, and then knives were pulled. The warriors battled back and forth on the banks of a small creek. They fought with the ferocity of grizzlies, tearing at each other with their knives, ripping at each others clothes and hair.

Suddenly, one of the warriors slipped on the muddy bank and fell into the waters of the creek. His bloody knife slipped from his hand and sank down and down to the bottom, landing upon a rock just beyond his reach. The warrior strained his pain-wracked body towards the knife as his blood filled the waters of the creek, but it was just beyond his fingertips. He thrashed and clawed towards his knife, desperate to reach it before his rival killed him, but no matter how he stretched, it always slipped out of reach.

On the bank above, the victorious Micmac warrior saw his rival sink into the blood-stained waters and lay still, the knife just a hair-breadth beyond his fingertips. He did not rise again. The fallen man's people found him a few hours later and tenderly rescued his body from the rippling waters of the creek. But when they tried to retrieve his bloody knife from the rock beneath him, it always slipped beyond their reach, though the creek was not deep.

Many and many a year has passed since that bloody day by the creek, and still the blood-stained knife lies beneath the rippling waters of the creek. Whenever anyone tries to reach it, the knife slips out of reach. It is like trying to touch something on the bottom of the sea, although the creek itself is not deep. Even the rushing waters of the spring season do not move the mysterious knife or wash away the blood staining its blade.

For this reason, the creek is called Wokun - meaning "knife" by the Micmac people, and the white men call it "Bloody Creek".

Comment by Sue OldsWidow on February 25, 2013 at 21:33

thanks Jan,Robert,JJ, & Sir Henry !


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Comment by Robert Burris on February 21, 2013 at 19:35

The possession of a persons knife back when I was a boy was sonething special. Everyone knew the ownership of a knife and each one was special, to that person. You did not touch anothers knife, without permission. I heard someone scold another, back then, and said "you just as soon mess with my wife, as touch my knife". LOL

Comment by Jan Carter on February 21, 2013 at 19:12

A knife could also be thrust into the mast of a boat for luck, although the word 'knife' was never spoken at sea. 

I would love to hear the story behind why  "knife" was never spoken at sea

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