knife giving

what is the taboo when giving a knife to someone , I foregot the “get something” from them an they cut themselves . Where did this come from , have only heard it in white society . Thanks --M

According to Chinese belief
The giving of a knife will sever a relationship between the giver and receiver.

whenever you get a knife as a gift it is customary to ‘pay’ something for it. In our circle a penny works, then the friendship can continue.

superstitions are funny, until they become true.



Superstitions continued…
Stemming from the same idea of “severing the relationship”: In the Jewish tradition, it’s bad luck to receive knives as a wedding gift. In case someone should give knives, the bride should transform the exchange into a financial transaction by giving a penny or nominal sum for the knives.

The edge
This “Give the knife donor a coin” was a source of foreshadowing in the Anthony Hopkins movie “The Edge”. Some aspects of the movie were a bit implausible, but nevertheless it was great to watch.

Very good show… I bought it for $5 in
The Wal-Mart 2 for $10 bin…

Paddle easy,


guess coffee owns me some money? LOL. As much as we trade back and forth this could get complicated.

Last I knew, we were even :wink:
Hey, I am paying myself today… I will swing by with that $20 for ya after 4:00pm…

OMG! I gave away a time & location on myself! I just broke Longshadows #1 rule… LOL!

JUST KIDDING JIMMY, Cool your jets. I can almost see the smoke coming out of his ears from here & he lives 4 hours away… DOH! I just did it again- I meant 7 hours to the east + 2 hours to the north…

Paddle easy,


Geez , yer turning into Jim with the saving a penny /wringing out every last cent. LOL.

Remeber to account for DST, time zones,
then divide by two for the CEF (Coffee Exaggeration Factor). I think that means I live in downtown Tokyo!

HAHAHA!!! Jimmy, You just made me…
spit Cherry Coke out my nose!!! Thanks man, I will send you the bill for a new keyboard…lol

Paddle easy,


Fine $40… I’ll be there after 1600…
There that oughta confuse them…? :wink:

Paddle easy,


Damn, I thought prostitution
was illegal outside of NV.

DOOOOOOHHHHH!!! That was a…
A good one though.

Paddle easy,


The CEF is
built into ever thig I hear from Coffee. LOL. I think you are still downplaying this factor though , Longshadow. :wink: As for the postitution , I charge way more than $40 , thank you very much.


When given a knife you should give the giver a coin. I have no idea qwhere it came from

If the reciever doesn’t give the giver a
coin, the knife will cut the friendship.

Other Jewish tradition - Bad luck
to give wine to a moil.

Giving a knife
Giving a single knife for individual personal use (not a set of kitchen knives) is a sign of great trust in the one you give it to. They are in effect placed in you inner circle - part of your tribe. Gifting such a tool also shows you have deep concern for their continued well being -as knives are most often used for both defensive and food (or food gathering tool) preparation - all life sustaining purposes.

The gift of a knife is a very high honor is many cultures. A wonderful meaningful gift, but best given one to one - friend to friend - for it’s own sake - not as a wedding gift, to mark a Holiday, etc.

Those who still have a place for good steel in their lives will instinctively understand, but in a society of largely unarmed, non-self sufficient, and even non-tool using people - these things get misinterpreted and lost over time. I doubt my girlfriend would understand the significance without some explanation.