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Monday, 19 September 2011 12:56

Superstitions of the knife

We use knives on a daily basis, from simple tasks in the kitchen at home, at work, and to celebrate special occasions.


The substantial role knives play in our lives has meant that many superstitions have evolved over time, so here is a list of interesting, age-old superstitions we've carved out for you.


Giving a knife as a gift to a friend will "sever" the relationship. To avoid this bad luck the receiver of the knife should give a coin in return so as to "pay" for the gift.

A knife placed under the bed during childbirth is said to ease the pain of labor.

If knives are crossed at the table a quarrel will occur.

It is bad luck to close a pocket knife unless you opened it.

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

A house is protected once a knife is thrust into the front door.

A baby is protected by a knife stuck into the headboard of the cradle.

A knife thrust into the mast of a boat is for good luck.

If blades dull when the owners are away, the owners are not fairing well.

People holding a knife during an eclipse will cut themselves.

Sharpening a knife's blade at night invites misfortune.

It is bad luck to toast bread with the tip of a knife or speak of the word "knife" at sea.

The bride must cut the first slice of the wedding cake or the marriage will be childless.

Knives under pillows of people who are hurt or ill will cure them.

To initiate a love affair, slice an apple in two with a sharp knife while making a wish about the desired person. If you cut through the apple without slicing any seeds, then the desire will be fulfilled.

Some cultures believe that a knife doesn't truly belong to someone until it has made them draw blood, and that it is less likely to accidentally cut its owner once it has tasted their blood. Believers of this superstition intentionally prick their finger on the blade of the knife rather than risk cutting themselves later down the track.

Some Chinese believe that the day children learn to walk, a relative should follow behind with a knife and draw three lines on the ground. these figurative slices sever invisible bindings around children's ankles, so that they will not be bound by previous lives.

In Greece a black-handled knife placed under a pillow is used to ward off nightmares.

As far as romance is concerned a "knife falls, a gentleman calls" and "a dull knife, a dull wife".


Finally, in pursuit of maintaining harmony in the home it's important to know that if you "stir with a knife, you stir up strife".

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