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#213418 - 12/21/10 07:47 PM Re: How many of you get faced with this question? [Re: Roarmeister]
JIM Offline
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Originally Posted By: Roarmeister
Originally Posted By: SwampDonkey
Groomsmen at my wedding 23 years ago all received nice knives as gifts, we called them "Dress Knives" and they probably still carry them for that purpose. Mike


I am always leery of giving a knife as a give. In Chinese culture (in fact many cultures), it symbolizes cutting the relationship bonds. You give a knife to indicate that you are no longer friends. A fact that was pointed out when I mistakenly gave my father a pocket knife for Christmas to replace a worn out SAK that he had.
Can you say - "Oops!"


IIRC That's why you need to give a silver coin back to the person who you get the knife from. 'so that the knife doesn't cut friendship'
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#213420 - 12/21/10 08:28 PM Re: How many of you get faced with this question? [Re: JIM]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Originally Posted By: JIM
IIRC That's why you need to give a silver coin back to the person who you get the knife from. 'so that the knife doesn't cut friendship'


Yes, that's an old tradition. Something to do with the old formalities around duelling, perhaps? To offer someone a sword/knife is to challenge them to single combat. But if a token amount of money is exchanged for the blade, it is symbolically a transaction, not a challenge. (Wish I could find an authoritative reference regarding this.)

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