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    Give a knife receive a coin?


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    I just recently made my friend who is an avid hunter a knife. It turned out really well considering my knife making capacity. He in turn gave me a silver dollar. He said when someone gives you a knife you are supposed to give them a coin. Anyone else hear of this? Is this common practice? Sounds good to me either way, it's a nice coin... pure silver too.

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    Haven't heard of that in a longgggg time. I remember my grandpa telling me that the day he gave me my first knife...he only got a penny though....lol...Man Sawce...thanks for bringing back an old and wonderful memory! That had to be over 25 years ago!

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    Yeah, the way it goes is, if you do not give someone a coin in return for a knife it cuts the friendship. Or something like that. A silver dollar is a pretty cool coin to get.

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    Yep I have heard that all my life, mainly by older people, nowadays when I tell someone that they kinda look at me crazy,LOL

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    Also, if someone hands you a knife to look at, hand it back to them handle-first in the same form (open or closed) that it was given to you. That's one I heard a long time ago.

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    Thats what I do when I gift a knife. I will tape a penny to it and when they ask about it I say give it back to me or I will have to kill ya. Then I tell them the tradition of it severing the friendship and they gladly give me the penny after they give me the look with the eye brow.

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    Great thread Sawce!!!
    Eons ago I sent one of my hunters to a fellow forumite and he sent me a silver dollar! I was floored when I got it and later that night in the BFC chat room he explained the "Give a knife receive a coin" rule.
    I'd never heard of it till then.
    It's a grand thing to do and even if it is just a penny, it's still worth a mint!!!
    I keep that dollar in my memory box with lots of other special things that I've collected through the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasperdog032469 View Post
    Haven't heard of that in a longgggg time. I remember my grandpa telling me that the day he gave me my first knife...he only got a penny though....lol...Man Sawce...thanks for bringing back an old and wonderful memory! That had to be over 25 years ago!
    I'm glad to hear that, thank you. I like this custom/tradition and will continue it whenever possible. Wow, lots of good memories coming from this. Here are a couple shots of my coin




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    I was taught that you give a penny with the knife when you give one to someone to communicate that no malice was intended

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    +1 with Page.

    When I was little whenever anyone gifted anyone a cutting implement (knife, kitchen sets, scissors, etc) they put a penny in the box or along with it in some manner. It was suppose to show it was not a threatening gesture, but rather a friendly gift.
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    also here in Italy you must give in return a small coin, whatever coin, also 5c better 1 silver dollar of course...
    I've given as present some knifes and never recived any silver coins... whoa
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    I've heard of this tradition and I think it's pretty darn cool. I would be happy to receive a plain old penny in return for a gift knife, since I think the gesture is largely symbolic.

    "Knives 2008" had an article about knife superstitions, and giving a coin or other token of peace and friendship back for a gift knife was prominently featured. IIRC, the author had a tough time tracking down the origin of this tradition, but found it was fairly common across different cultures. I suspect it has more to do with manners and thankfulness than any particular "superstition".

    I gave a couple gift knives to a former romantic interest; she didn't know about the coin tradition... perhaps that's why we're no longer involved...

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    Yep, I've been given a couple of coins in return for knives, most people don't know about it, though. The first time that happened to me is when I first heard of it, too. I really like that sort of tradition, it's what the word "culture" means to me.
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