An Australian shopper has divided the internet after suggesting a block of knives would be a great housewarming present.
But the suggestion shocked her fellow shoppers who agreed a knife or set of knives should never be given as a gift – as some suggest they metaphorically ‘sever the bonds of friendship’.
The debate exploded over Facebook after the woman posted a photo of the $30 Crofton knife set which appeared in the Aldi’s special buys range last month.
‘So impressed with how nice this is. Great gift idea,’ she said.
But she soon found out it was not a good idea at all, according to an age-old superstition still held by many.
An Australian shopper has divided the internet after suggesting a block of knives would be a great housewarming present
‘Bite me if you like but you don’t give knives as gifts, they cut the friendship bond,’ one woman said quoting an old wives tale.
The original poster said she thought it would be a great housewarming gift present for someone leaving home for the first idea. But was thankful for the responses warning her against it.
‘My dad wouldn’t even give men his good butcher knife, I had to give him a dollar for it,’ one woman said.
Others had heard variations of the old wives tale.
‘An old aunt of mine once said if you gift any knives you also add a coin for good luck,’ another woman added.
‘Twice people have given our family lovely knives and both times the friendship got cut off,’ another woman said.
According to Japanese folklore the only way to get around the issue and keep the friendship is to attach a coin to the knives when they are given.
Then the recipient must give the coin back as a symbolic form of payment.
An old English wives tale says to give someone a knife is to give them all of the power in your relationship.
Some knife companies already tape a coin to the box of their knives to get around the age-old superstition.
Some say the superstition dates back to the Vikings – who considered it embarrassing to be given a knife because it meant the gift giver didn’t think the receiver could afford a good knife on their own.
What are some superstitions about knives?
1- They should never be given as a gift otherwise they will sever the bonds of friendship ( A coin can be given, then returned to the gift-giver to get around this)
2- Pocket knives must be closed before they are handed to another, or it will cause an argument
3- If the knife is given as a wedding gift it will sever the bonds of the marriage
4- A knife placed under the bed or a woman giving birth will ease labor pains
5- Putting a knife with a black handle under your pillow will stop nightmares
6- Stirring something with a knife will bring bad luck to the home
7- If a fisherman drops a knife and the blade points to the water he will have good luck on his next day at sea
8- Sharpening a knife’s blade after the sun goes down is bad luck
9- If you leave a knife blade facing the ceiling murderers are born until it is corrected
10- If you cut yourself with your knife you should coat it with your blood to avoid it happening again
The $30 knife block was part of German retailer Aldi’s Special Buy range last month, the shopper was so impressed by the product she posted photos on Facebook and suggested it as a budget-friendly present.
In Finland special knives are given as gifts, and it is considered a huge honour to receive them.
Despite the superstition many people did agree the set was lovely.
‘I bought these too and I was quite impressed, they are nice and sharp,’ one Aldi shopper said.
While another suggested storing the knives in the holder upside down to help them remain sharp.
‘I love the in built sharpener. The knives are nice and sharp and hopefully they will stay that way,’ one woman said.