Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    E. Yorks
    Posts
    1,121
    Rep Power
    9

    Knife myths and superstitions

    Anyone know any more of these?

    I have these two

    If giving a knife as a gift, ask for a coin (or give them a coin with the knife and as for it back ) otherwise it will cut the friendship.

    If you find an open knife, don't close it.

    Does anyone stick by them?

    Anyone know why you hand a katana blade over to someone, the way you do?

  2. #2
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    glasgow
    Age
    34
    Posts
    17,914
    Rep Power
    49

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions


  3. #3
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    glasgow
    Age
    34
    Posts
    17,914
    Rep Power
    49

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    Anyone know why you hand a katana blade over to someone, the way you do?
    You pass it edge towards yourself as a mark of respect, and to show you have no intention.

  4. #4
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    E. Yorks
    Posts
    1,121
    Rep Power
    9

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    Yup that's it.

    I think, now I may be wrong it's been a while since I was training, that you also had it to them with the tsuka near your weakest hand. Or was it the other way, in case they try and attack you. Ninja, crafty buggers

  5. #5
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    E. Yorks
    Posts
    1,121
    Rep Power
    9

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    lol thanks for the link as well. I need to get used to searching topics out. Kind of new to forums, I'm sorry if this has been covered already.


  6. #6
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    glasgow
    Age
    34
    Posts
    17,914
    Rep Power
    49

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    Quote Originally Posted by The Elusive DrX View Post
    Yup that's it.

    I think, now I may be wrong it's been a while since I was training, that you also had it to them with the tsuka near your weakest hand. Or was it the other way, in case they try and attack you. Ninja, crafty buggers
    I think it was in your right hand, as long as your palms were flat and facing upwards.

    I cant remember

    If the blade is bare, then you pass it with the point upwards, edge facing you, and you hold the handle under the guard. The person taking it should grasp it below your hand.
    Last edited by thomas; 04-11-08 at 07:39 PM.

  7. #7
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    North Hampshire
    Age
    34
    Posts
    413
    Rep Power
    7

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    Anyone know why you hand a katana blade over to someone, the way you do?
    Why do you hand someone a knife handle first with the edge away from your palm?
    Why do you shake someone's hand as a sign of trust and welcome?
    All cultures have these traditions and even though you may not think consciously about them we still hold to them.
    I did give my dad a coin when he gave me a blade for Christmas and my brother gave me one when I gave him a folder a few years back. And I always offer a blade Blunt End first.

    Never heard the open knife superstition, do you know where it comes from?
    Last edited by The Blunt End; 04-11-08 at 07:54 PM. Reason: Open knife comment
    Now I'm old and getting grey
    Way down in Florida
    I can only manage one a day
    And we'll roll the woodpile down

  8. #8
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    E. Yorks
    Posts
    1,121
    Rep Power
    9

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    I have no idea mate. My dad told me most of the superstitions, and I always hand a knife to someone handle first (blunt end if it's all metal )

    I even do it with cutlery without realising until someone pointed out that I was handing them a very blunt dining knife, handle first.

  9. #9
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    E. Yorks
    Posts
    1,121
    Rep Power
    9

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    A knife placed under the bed while giving birth is said to ease the pain, or, stuck into the headboard of a cradle, to protect the baby.

    Knives were included in some Anglo-Saxon burial rites, so the dead would not be defenseless in the next world.

    From my old mate wikipedia, they may have been mentioned by other users in the link above. It's very interesting.

  10. #10
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    North Hampshire
    Age
    34
    Posts
    413
    Rep Power
    7

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    Quote Originally Posted by The Elusive DrX View Post
    I even do it with cutlery without realising until someone pointed out that I was handing them a very blunt dining knife, handle first.
    I know what you mean
    My brother tends to offer them laid over his left arm in extravagant movie style following a similar incident
    Now I'm old and getting grey
    Way down in Florida
    I can only manage one a day
    And we'll roll the woodpile down

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Manchester UK
    Age
    48
    Posts
    4,061
    Rep Power
    15

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    The greatest knife myth?

    "But darling I won it in a competition"
    Tim

    "We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind."

    - Phil Jones @ CRU

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    portsmouth
    Age
    26
    Posts
    4,984
    Rep Power
    16

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    I think handing someone a knife handle first is just common sense. I work in a kitchen and handing someone a knife (sharp or not) blade first is just foolish, it only takes one idiot when your in a rush handing you a razor sharp paring knife the wrong way to ruin the night.

    Jamie

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Tullahoma, Tennessee
    Posts
    2,095
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    Quote Originally Posted by The Elusive DrX View Post
    If you find an open knife, don't close it.
    Damn right you don't! If I'm hanging by me teeth from a ladder, live cable in one hand & need me knife, when I go to pick it up & find out some wag has closed it, I'm gonna kill 'em!

    Behaving like a child, since 1974

    www.robtattooknives.com

  14. #14
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    E. Yorks
    Posts
    1,121
    Rep Power
    9

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    Lol

  15. #15
    VIP Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    E. Yorks
    Posts
    1,121
    Rep Power
    9

    Re: Knife myths and superstitions

    Quote Originally Posted by The Blunt End View Post
    My brother tends to offer them laid over his left arm in extravagant movie style following a similar incident
    You know it's bad when he starts offering you his finger in a Yakuza style!

    Quote Originally Posted by Anarcus View Post
    The greatest knife myth?

    "But darling I won it in a competition"
    "You must be very lucky then, luckier than you are going to get tonight, you're on the sofa!"

    Quote Originally Posted by robtattoo View Post
    Damn right you don't! If I'm hanging by me teeth from a ladder, live cable in one hand & need me knife, when I go to pick it up & find out some wag has closed it, I'm gonna kill 'em!

    I think I found myself a new candid camera prank.

 

 

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •