Knife Superstitions & Folklore

July 8, 2014

With a history as long as 2.6 million years, it’s no wonder superstitions about knives can be found all over the world. Here are a few of the more interesting ones we've come across:

  • Never give a knife as a house-warming present; your new neighbor will become an enemy.
  • A knife given as a gift from a lover means the love will end soon.
  • Place a knife under the bed during childbirth to ease the pain of labor.
  • If a friend gives you a knife, give him a penny. This turns the gift into a purchase and will prevent your friendship from soon being broken.
  • Don’t let knives cross at the table, it will start a fight.
  • It‘s bad luck to close a pocket knife unless you were the one who opened it.
  • You should always cut bread with a knife rather than breaking it with your hands. It’s said that your life will be broken otherwise.
  • Never hand a knife directly to another person. It’s said this will cause the two of you to get into a fight.
  • A dull blade means you need a new sharpener.

Okay, that last one isn’t really a superstition. Just a little reminder from us here at Lansky to Stay Sharp!

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Isa Wooster
Mar 27th, 2016
Jul 31st, 2017
Was looking for the one about it being bad luck to close a knife unless you opened it. I have a friend who would not even touch a knife I borrowed from him if it was open. Got so that every time I saw a pocket knife laying around I would open it and leave it. He finally got past that superstition when he ran out of knives he could use.

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