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Knife Taboos - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 5:39 PM ( #1 )
I am sure everyone here knows the Taboo "The first blood your knife should taste should be your own" and I am sure most of us have already followed it's words. my question is do y'all know any others?
 
BTW, the AK has yet to bite me, I am worried about how bad it's gonna be when it does...
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Re:Knife Taboos - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 5:51 PM ( #2 )
careful of voyagers, they sneak up on you and bite you when you are least especting it...
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Re:Knife Taboos - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 5:56 PM ( #3 )
I don't live by the blade, but I heard that kissing your knife is good luck.

But all it really does is put it closer to your face.
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Re:Knife Taboos - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 6:13 PM ( #4 )
My Voyager has bitten me a few times while being sharpened.  Nothing serious (yet) but it has tasted my blood.

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Re:Knife Taboos - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 6:20 PM ( #5 )
Many old timers would never GIVE anyone a knife.  They would sell you a knife for a penny.  But not GIVE one.  I do not know for certain where this came from.  Having loaned and sharpened many knives for others only to have them cut themselves, I suspect it was just a matter of clearing yourself of blame for whatever they do with it..  "You bought it, its your responsibility"
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Re:Knife Taboos - Tuesday, August 04, 2009 6:50 PM ( #6 )
Dyln,

Check out this website for more info;

http://ask.metafilter.com/14347/A-knife-and-a-penny-origin-of

BTW, I'm not superstitious about this kind of stuff. My grandfather said being superstitious was bad luck!

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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 1:18 AM ( #7 )
My thing with a folder is if it is handed to you open, you return it open, if closed, return it closed.  This was always the way me and my friends did things.  In fact some of them would get upset if you tried to hand them back their knife wrong.  Honestly I don't know where that might have come from but I still do this now as a matter of habit.

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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 6:29 AM ( #8 )
Never heard of that one Warty but I like it.
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 7:52 AM ( #9 )
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My thing with a folder is if it is handed to you open, you return it open, if closed, return it closed.  This was always the way me and my friends did things.  In fact some of them would get upset if you tried to hand them back their knife wrong.  Honestly I don't know where that might have come from but I still do this now as a matter of habit.


Yeah, we do something similar to that here... Those who know, pass it handle first, blade down to the user. It's done out of respect and safety.
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 8:23 AM ( #10 )
For some odd reason, me and my friend view being cut by our knives as a right of passage for the knife. We don't cut ourselves purposely to get the knife the right of passage to become one of our "Special" knives that we carry everywhere. But I guess it becomes more a part of you once it has your own blood on it. My Cold Steel knives that have that have cut me already are my Cold Steel Kukri and the Kudu. Come hunting season I'm going to watch out for my Master Hunter
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 8:31 AM ( #11 )
My knives are just tools, I didn't grow up with any superstitions, just common courtesy.  As in the construction industry, if you want to touch one of my tools you should ask for my permission and handle them properly.  When I worked in kitchens nothing would upset me more than seeing someone cutting something with one of my knives when they didn't ask for permission. 
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 9:13 AM ( #12 )
The buying not borrowing is actually a really smart plan. I could definatly see that as working, even in a court of law should the person sue.
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 10:11 AM ( #13 )
like Warty, i grew up with the superstition that you were supposed to hand a knife back to someone they way they handed it to you.  if it was open, you handed it back to them open, if closed, closed.  i do remember my grandfather to always include a coin or two along with a knife gift, so the person receiveing it could pay you for it.  i forgot that though and gifted a knife out without doing so recently.  we'll see how that goes.  it should be fine.  i will consider all the beer i have had at his house to be payment enough. 
            
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 10:22 AM ( #14 )
Never lend a knife you like to someone you barely know unless you're selling them.

I went to a gunshow one time and one of the concessions said: "If you cut yourself with it, you bought it"
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 11:02 AM ( #15 )
all good traits... i'll have to start carrying some change around with me
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 11:16 AM ( #16 )
In the latest American Handgunner Clint Smith talks about his experience doing a stint as a clerk in a gun shop.  Just to have the experience.  He says the scariest part was not people pointing guns at him, but the knife counter.  Said he quickly adopted the practice of laying the knife on the counter top and stepping back.  Let them pick it up themselves.   I don't know that it qualifies as a taboo---but it seems good sense.  Avoid the risk of them cutting you AND the risk that they get cut while your hand is still on the knife and you getting blamed for it.
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 11:20 AM ( #17 )
Yeah, i've seen that quite abit, seems as tho alot of folks immediately want to extend their arm when they grab a knife.
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 11:58 AM ( #18 )
they dont want it near them, so they put it near you
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 5:00 PM ( #19 )

Many old timers would never GIVE anyone a knife. They would sell you a knife for a penny. But not GIVE one. I do not know for certain where this came from. Having loaned and sharpened many knives for others only to have them cut themselves, I suspect it was just a matter of clearing yourself of blame for whatever they do with it.. "You bought it, its your responsibility"

 
i've heard this one before,,,,,,,,if you don't give a penny for luck, the knife is supposed to sever the friendship.
 
actually,,,,i follow this one......why take chances
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 5:01 PM ( #20 )
Well....

So there I was at a gun show, looking over the Anza knife vendor's wares and cut myself. He had lots of band-aids on the table, but before he could pick one up I said "I'll buy this one!" His policy was, my knives are sharp, you will most likely cut yourself, but you don't have to buy it ifyou do.

One of the superstitions I was told was if your knife cuts you it will never drink it's fill of blood.

I too have always followed the hand a knife back as it was handed to you rule.

If you have used a knife in combat never let anyone else touch it. Has to do with the energy connected to the knife or so I was told by one of my instructors.

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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 5:26 PM ( #21 )
My only superstition is after being handed someone else's knife to look at, I must completely wipe it down with my bandana and hand it back to them from the bandana. Does that count. Mabye it's just a Detroit thing


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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 5:51 PM ( #22 )
I always cut myself, not on purpose. My warhead decided to stab my foot when I dropped it a few days ago. :)
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 6:57 PM ( #23 )
I worked in a knife shop for four years, and was told by the owner when I first started, "You'll cut yourself within three days, and probably end up cutting yourself once a week."  The entire time I was there, I was only cut three times at most.  My manager, however, seemed to cut himself about bi-weekly.  I dunno.  Guess I just like my fingers, so I was more careful than him!

During my time there, I have heard many, many superstitions about knives, and saw many, many people cut themselves (including one gentleman who passed out at the sight of his own blood, nearly falling through a glass showcase).

Our rule when handing a knife to a customer (assuming you didn't just put it on the case and let them pick it up, which was also acceptable) was to hold the knife by the back of the blade, edge up, with the handle pointed toward the customer.  They then had to reach, palm up, to accept the knife and keep everybody's fingers away from the sharp edge.

Oh, and when you're cleaning knives that have just shown up, and you haven't had caffiene yet and it's early, and you start to fumble the knife, DON'T TRY TO CATCH IT.  Fight that natural urge to catch something that's falling just as hard as you can.  One of those cuts I got was recieved this way, and I nearly gave myself stigmata in the process.
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 7:08 PM ( #24 )
Maybe not what your looking for, but a co-worker at a recent employer used to ask for my knife every time we worked together.  I'd get pissed because I don't carry for others, I carry for me.  I don't think I'm selfish, I just think when it comes to knives you should carry your own.  He was always losing his or breaking it.  Even makes it worse, right?  He carried those folding box cutters or some dull piece of crap when he had one.  When he didn't, he wanted to borrow my sweet and sharp little Voyager.  I couldn't stand that guy.
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Re:Knife Taboos - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 7:15 PM ( #25 )
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No it's not just a Detroit thing, have met several people in CA that thought the same way.
 
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Re:Knife Taboos - Thursday, August 06, 2009 5:27 AM ( #26 )
As a kid in the Boy Scouts we were expected to say "Thank You" when grasping a knife or axe from another, AFTER we were sure we had a safe grasp of the item. You were not supposed to let go until you got your "Thank You".

As to hungry knives, in pre-multitool days I used to carry my Victorinox Champion at all times and it pretty much bit anyone who ever borrowed it. I kept it shaving sharp, but still....
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Re:Knife Taboos - Thursday, August 06, 2009 8:39 AM ( #27 )
My habit of waiting on thank you was broken when none of my friends followed it, ever. I tried to get them to, but even the guy working on his eagle has forgotten that rule
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Re:Knife Taboos - Thursday, August 06, 2009 8:51 AM ( #28 )
We say grace and we say Ma'am and we say thank ya, and if you ain't into that we don't give a damn.
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Re:Knife Taboos - Thursday, August 06, 2009 12:16 PM ( #29 )
Unsung


We say grace and we say Ma'am and we say thank ya, and if you ain't into that we don't give a damn.


I can agree with that
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Re:Knife Taboos - Sunday, August 09, 2009 10:36 AM ( #30 )
I learned the Thank You rule while working at the shop (never was a scout), but couldn't enforce it with the sheer number of people who wouldn't oblige.  I always commended those that said it, though!
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