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9 photos that show how to execute perfect knife-hands

The knife-hand is a staple gesture in the military. It conveys a sense of power from those who use it wisely and temporarily cripples those who get one stuck in their face.


Delivering the proper knife-hand takes skill, and each one is special in its own subtle way.

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9. The “re-adjusting” knife-hand

This knife-hand is being perfectly deployed to let this boot know his hand salute wasn’t up to freakin’ par. There, that’s better.

9 photos that show how to execute perfect knife-hands

8. The famous “get ready for freakin’ boot camp” knife-hand

These knife-hands are meant to be up-close and personal with the “poolee,” as this is the first of many to come.

9 photos that show how to execute perfect knife-hands

7. The “double-hand” knife-hand

This type of knife-hand is becoming an endangered species, as it takes a mighty human to deliver such a gesture. This double-handed gesture can be specially deployed when talking to a group of screw-ups.

It’s beautiful.

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9 photos that show how to execute perfect knife-hands

6. The “interview” knife-hand

This particular knife-hand is also meant to display power and convey a clear message of, “you better f*cking listen.” Notice how the general’s thumb is raised, not laid flat alongside his other fingers. Like Mattis, that’s a legit sign of a warrior.

9 photos that show how to execute perfect knife-hands

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5. The “drive-by” knife-hand

This fine display sends the message of, “stop being a f*ck-up” as you walk by someone who is probably going to f*ck up.

9 photos that show how to execute perfect knife-hands
(Photo by U.S. Marine Cpl. Octavia Davis)

4. The “I can’t believe you’re eyeballin’ me” knife-hand

Sometimes, recruits and other boots eyeball the instructors and they need a quick attitude adjustment. That is all.

9 photos that show how to execute perfect knife-hands

3. The “are you freakin’ serious?” knife-hand

This excellent display of aggressiveness toward another soldier is remarkable. Some say there are no stupid questions. Well, in the military, there are — and this is how they’re met.

9 photos that show how to execute perfect knife-hands

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2. The “officer and a gentleman” knife-hand

This distinctive hand gesture is formulated especially for men who want to become Naval officers one day.

9 photos that show how to execute perfect knife-hands
(Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andre N. McIntyre)

1. The “don’t question me” knife-hand

Self-explanatory.

9 photos that show how to execute perfect knife-hands

Bonus: What it looks like to receive a knife-hand

They fun as hell to hand out, but they suck to receive.

9 photos that show how to execute perfect knife-hands

 

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