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90 knife tattoos (and their meaning)

The knife is a powerful symbol recognized in all cultures and on all continents.

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The knife has different connotations in cultures and societies of the world and knife tattoos can therefore change their meaning depending on the element that accompanies the knife in the tattoo. Some of the general (but not exhaustive) meanings of knife tattoos are:

  • The love of cooking
  • Chef's career
  • The painful love (knife planted in the heart)
  • The deadly beauty
  • The sacrifice
  • Cut links
  • Sharp intelligence
  • The absence of fear

Variation of knife tattoos

Knife

In itself, the knife can represent an individual's ability to fight in hand-to-hand combat and his willingness to take up arms to protect his family, friends or values. It can also symbolize the desire to "cut ties" with materialism, toxic relationships or other unwanted things or people. When the knife is combined with other symbols, these senses are magnified and can even become more powerful.

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Knife and fork

Together, the knife and fork are balanced and represent two of the most basic, but important, symbols of human tools.

Those who have a knife and fork drawing tattooed may choose to place the utensils side by side, indicating order and unity, or crossed, to give a more "ready to fight" connotation: you are ready for your food and know the cooking ground!

Heart and knife

It is a clear indication of loss and mourning or literally being stabbed in the heart.

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Another variation of the heart and knife design is to use these symbols to represent you as a heart breaker. To do this, you can add sulphurous eyes above or on the heart or place a phrase like "hard love" or "breaker of hearts" on a banner across the heart. Although it has a cool and tough side, this tattoo can also convey a feeling of insecurity on your part and your inability to engage: you prefer to flee a relationship rather than risk being injured.

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Crossed knives

A crossed knife tattoo represents being ready to fight and is therefore a popular choice among active and retired soldiers. The knives can represent only one side, to demonstrate the notion of "brothers in arms" or two factions that clash, depending on your preferences.

Snake and knife

A snake wrapped around a knife is a common tattoo in the medical profession. But why is this the case? This symbol, better known as caduceus, represents Asclepius, the Greek god of healing and medicine. By combining these two symbols – the serpent, a pagan symbol of fertility and rebirth, and the knife, a surgical instrument – this tattoo creates a new meaning of renewal and transformation that is thus representative of the healing power of medicine.

Knife in a garter

Combining this rough weapon with a female garter creates a powerful symbol of the inner strength and ferocity of women, making it the favorite tattoo of women all over the world.

You can add ribbons, to play on the femininity of the drawing or drops of blood on the knife, to represent the fact that you will not hesitate to use it when needed.

Knife and skull

There are several variations of this classic drawing, each with its own meaning. One of these drawings is a knife in a skull at the back or top: this drawing shows that you have overcome your fear of death and that it no longer has power over you. This absence of fear can be emphasized by drawing blood on the blade of the knife or representing your hand gripping his sleeve, to show a more personal connection.

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