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Knife Cut Superstition

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by adlerburg, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. adlerburg


    Aug 22, 2012
    I am not a superstitious man. But I'm afflicted with a superstition that haunts me. If I get cut by any of my knives.. I'm not talking about a little superficial slice, but a bloody cut, be the EDC or collectable, I never look upon them the same way, and always wind up getting rid of them. They lose their value to me, and beyond that... I almost make a mission of getting rid of them. Good Lord, how absolutely ridiculous that seems! Please assure me I'm not the only one that suffers from that insanity! Oh... and if anyone knows the cure, please! Bestow it upon me!
  2. nopyo


    Apr 19, 2012
    Lol, I'm the exact opposite. The way I see it, a knife does not become your knife until it has your edge and your blood on it.
  3. Dunny153


    Sep 22, 2011
    Agreed, once it bites you, its yours forever
  4. Wet Noodle

    Wet Noodle

    Oct 28, 2012
    When I'm focusing intently on cutting something and some dipweed is in my face loudly saying "BE CAREFULL! YOU'RE GONNA CUT YOURSELF!"
    They relentless say this, which destroys my concentration... likely leading to me cutting myself.
    When someone does this now I simply stop until they shut up or leave.
    Superstition? Maybe not. I just know that when I need to focus I had better stay in a focused state of mind.
    I think the only thing I'm superstitious about is red lighters. Whenever something bad happens I always seem to find a red lighter in the vicinity.
  5. adlerburg


    Aug 22, 2012
    AhA! that is as good a cure for this obsession as any I've heard... I suffered from the same thing with motorcycle, cars, etc... If they crash (of course it's not me! hahaha), they're on the selling block.
    But getting a "blood" kiss from one of your knives... that kinda love might cure!
  6. nopyo


    Apr 19, 2012
    To be fair, I say that because I've never had an ER-worthy cut.
  7. Unk

    Unk Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    First remembered knife cut was by a younger brother when I was about 9 and he was 7. I was holding an old Christmas tree by the trunk BELOW where he was cutting down - 66 years later and I still have the scar. Every day does have a teachable moment...and we laugh about it..him, more than me..it hurt.

  8. adlerburg


    Aug 22, 2012
    BTW.. that is the type of cut I'm talking about.. one that takes stitches or a least a trip for medical attention.
  9. 22-rimfire


    Nov 20, 2005
    No. The only time I have cut myself is when I do something careless and am not paying attention. It is not the knife's fault.

    Never cut myself bad enough that I felt medical attention was justified. I am not new to stitches.
  10. adlerburg


    Aug 22, 2012
    Obviously 22! I've gotten decently far in life with logic... and blaming inanimate objects for anything is absurd! Hence the sickness of this superstition. But I think superstitions are part of the human condition. ... From the replies, to feed my fears..it seems I'm the only one! I guess it's shrink time!
  11. nopyo


    Apr 19, 2012
    Yeah, I know what you're saying.

    Still, the worst time I've cut myself:
    1st thought: Ahh! <expletives>!
    2nd thought: Huh, this is a clean cut...I am dang proud of the edge I put on it.
    3rd thought: Ok, time to seal it.
    Never thought about getting rid of the knife.

    I guess one upside about your superstition is that you can have the chance to play with more different knives :D
  12. thebrain


    Dec 12, 2007
    I am not really sure how I feel about it but I didn't really like my Manix2 until. Bored one day playing around I tapped it on its spine on the edge of my boot ; the knife unlocked and cut me on my knuckle pretty good. Now to this day the manix2 is one of my favorites. I guess I feel like a knife is less dangerous once it draws my blood.


    May 30, 2007
    in all seriousness alot of knife nuts would probably patch up things themselves, ER is only for the really really bad stuff:D
    at least in my case that was my thinking, had a case sowbelly bite my dumb butt bad a few years ago, yeah i look at that knife like its a vampire but didnt stop me from carrying it, no i will not be scared of you mr. sowbelly:D
  14. masa


    Feb 3, 2005
    I would usually set aside a knife that cut me and not use them. It is not superstition, it could be that the design of the knife does not fit the hand ergonomics. Same with motor vehicles, it could just ergonomics and handling issues sometimes. I never believed that a knife is special once its drawn my blood.
  15. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    I have had several er worthy cuts. Including a severed nerve in my dominant hand thumb. I still have that knife. I made it my self, and it is not going anywhere.

    The thumb still works, but has a horrible nerve jolt every time I touch that spot, and 1/2 of the thumb is still nerve dead. It has been well over 5 years.
  16. 22-rimfire


    Nov 20, 2005
    I had a slip joint close "just enough" on my fingers once when I was cutting something. It was the only knife I owned at the time, but I probably would have retired it after that... just because. I pay a little more attention with slip joints when I am doing anything other than straight cutting after that accident.
  17. MadMullet


    Jun 19, 2012
    I use those Stanley utility type knives every day I cannot tell you how many times ive whacked a part of my flesh off. Last good one was when I removed the tip of my right pinkey. That was a trip to the plastic surgeons. I think my EDC type knives are safer with longer blades you can get more leverage for cutting.

    P.S. Nice looking Dobie. My Thumb-nail pic is my Dobie buttercup giving me that dumb human look.
  18. BladeChick777


    Jun 20, 2011
    I've had a few knives cut me very badly to the point where I needed medical attention(sometimes I got it, most times I didn't).
    I have never gotten rid of a knife for that reason though. When I get bit by a knife I don't believe it's bad luck, I believe it's just something that happens with loving knives. Lol. But yes, once a knife bites me, we've been bonded.
  19. dflores


    Dec 29, 2011
    It's the only reason that I can't sell my vecp, it gave me a scar for life. I have thought about selling it but for some reason I can't because it cut me.
  20. alterview


    Oct 12, 2012
    Same goes for me. As a cook and a edge tool enthusiast most of my knives give me a small love cut in the first few days to let me know exactly how not to handle them. After that, I usually rarely cut myself.

    The only stitches I have had are from when I requested a cut to be made and paid for it. I have had plenty of fairly nasty cuts that perhaps could have warranted stitches but super glue works just fine, especially if you keep your tools super sharp.

    Alderburg- your superstition sounds like a good way to ensure a constant flow of knives. Not a bad thing.

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