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Old 23.06.2022, 14:46
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Re: Swiss gift ideas wanted please

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I once gave a very posh swiss army knife to a Japanese gentleman. While thanking me profusely he told me that to give a knife often meant that the recipient should use it. We both had a big laugh but after that he always looked at me with suspicion.
Scissors and knives are forbidden as wedding presents in Japan. Implies separation. Most other occasions, totally fine. Anyone in Japan who receives a Swiss Army knife from a Swiss, or resident of Switzerland and isn’t thrilled, is likely being difficult. Unless they are yakuza or a gangster and you’re their boss.

The idea of giving a small coin for a knife in exchange (thereby buying the knife) is a tradition/superstition among some western folks as well. An engraved Swiss Army knife shouldn’t hold such notions.
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