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In some circumstances, drawing a weapon is taken ''very'' seriously. So seriously that some warriors are not allowed to sheath their weapon until they have used it to draw blood. Usually the intent is to wet the blade with the blood of one's enemies, but if none are available, the warrior may substitute his own blood to honor the letter of the rule. In such cases, the warrior will usually cut his hand with the blade.

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In some circumstances, drawing a weapon is taken ''very'' seriously.[[SeriousBusiness seriously]]. So seriously that some warriors are not allowed to sheath their weapon until they have used it to draw blood. Usually the intent is to wet the blade with the blood of one's enemies, but if none are available, the warrior may substitute his own blood to honor the letter of the rule. In such cases, the warrior will usually cut his hand with the blade.


* In ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'', a Feral Worlder character can have this as a superstition. As in, his/her weapon doesn't actually have this trait [[TheCorruption (hopefully)]] but s/he believes it does.

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* In ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'', a Feral Worlder character can have this as a superstition. As in, his/her their weapon doesn't actually have this trait [[TheCorruption (hopefully)]] but s/he believes they believe it does.


* Kin-Slayer in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' is portrayed as a weapon which doesn't want to be put in the scabbard without having killed someone first.

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* Kin-Slayer in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' is portrayed as a weapon which doesn't want to be put in the scabbard without having killed someone first. And if the wielder also wears the Knorth signet ring, they can't ''let go'' until Kin-Slayer has tasted life's blood. Torisen Black Lord gets around this once, partially—by breaking the fingers of his sword hand to get them off. And even then, he has to hang his sword by his side ''next'' to his scabbard.


* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'': The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Fremen]] consider it a very grave offense to re-sheathe a crysknife without drawing blood. {{Justified}} by more than just culture in this case: crysknives are made from the teeth of dead {{sandworm}}s, and human blood contains chemicals that stave off decay. It helps that the Fremen have quick-congealing blood, and that a quick cut across one's arm counts as drawing blood.

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* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'': The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Fremen]] consider it a very grave offense to re-sheathe a crysknife without drawing blood. {{Justified}} by more than just culture in this case: crysknives are made from the teeth of dead {{sandworm}}s, and human blood contains chemicals that stave off decay. It helps that the Fremen have quick-congealing blood, and that a quick cut across one's arm counts as drawing blood. (Also, being as ''Dune'' takes place about 30,000 years in the future, the Fremen have access to very advanced medicine despite being desert warrior people, so the risk of injury or death from the ceremonial cut is negligible.)


* In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', shortly after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, Aragorn unsheathes his sword [[NamedWeapons Anduril]] and boasts, "You shall not be sheathed again until the last battle is fought." Considering that the final battle of the War of the Ring isn't fought for another ten days, seven of which he spent on horseback, [[http://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/90940/what-did-aragorn-do-with-his-sword-between-the-battles-of-pelennor-fields-and-mo his arm must have been mighty sore by the time he sheathed it again]].

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* In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', shortly after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, Aragorn unsheathes his sword [[NamedWeapons Anduril]] and boasts, "You shall not be sheathed again until the last battle is fought." Considering that the final battle of the War of the Ring isn't fought for another ten days, seven of which he spent on horseback, [[http://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/90940/what-did-aragorn-do-with-his-sword-between-the-battles-of-pelennor-fields-and-mo his arm must have been mighty sore by the time he sheathed it again]].

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* This trope is often humorously applied to slipjoint pocketknives, as the springs that stabilize the blades in the open and closed positions have the unfortunate side effect of making it very easy to accidentally cut yourself while closing the blade.

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*''VideoGame/MarkOfTheNinja'' has a variation of this. The ninja only uses his sword when he is guaranteed a kill. If the player messes up and enters open combat, the ninja relies purely on unarmed martial arts.


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* The Muramasa swords in Japanese legends drive the wielder mad and force him to spill blood, any blood when wielded.
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* In ''Literature/TheLegendsOfEthshar'' novel ''Literature/TheMisenchantedSword'', the eponymous sword literally could not be resheathed until it had been used to kill somebody.

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* In ''Literature/TheLegendsOfEthshar'' novel ''Literature/TheMisenchantedSword'', the eponymous sword literally could not be resheathed resheathed, or even put down, until it had been used to kill somebody.



* ''Literature/TheMisenchantedSword'', the eponymous sword literally could not be resheathed until it had been used to kill somebody.

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* ''Literature/TheMisenchantedSword'', the eponymous sword literally could not be resheathed until it had been used to kill somebody.


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[[folder:Oral Tradition]]
* The Muramasa swords in Japanese legends drive the wielder mad and force him to spill blood, any blood when wielded.
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In real life, this trope is sometimes found in myths about various warrior cultures, but they are always untrue: real-life {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s know that weapons need to be drawn all the time for maintenance and practice, and cutting yourself deliberately out of such a superstition (especially in times of poorer medical knowledge) is a silly reason to [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs risk sepsis]].

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In real life, this trope is sometimes found in myths about various warrior cultures, but they are always untrue: real-life {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s know that weapons need to be drawn all the time for maintenance and practice, and cutting yourself deliberately out of such a superstition (especially in times of poorer medical knowledge) is a silly reason to [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs risk sepsis]].
sepsis]]. Where there ''is'' any element of TruthInTelevision, it's usually a ''heavily'' corrupted version of, "Don't pull your weapon out and wave it around unless you intend to use it".


* The cat-o-nine-tails that was used on the high seas during the Age of Sail, while not a sword, was this: the phrase "the cat's out of the bag", is today used as a revealed secret that can't be taken back. Back in those days, it meant that the cat of nine tails had come out, and so it had to be used before it could be put back.

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* The cat-o-nine-tails that was used on the high seas during the Age of Sail, while not a sword, was this: the phrase "the cat's out of the bag", is today used as a revealed secret that can't be taken back. Back in those days, it meant that the cat of nine tails had come out, and so it had to be used before it could be put back.


In real life, this trope is sometimes found in myths about various warrior cultures, but they are always untrue: real-life {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s know that weapons need to be drawn all the time for maintenance and practice, and cutting yourself deliberately out of such a superstition (especially in times of poorer medical knowledge) is a silly reason to [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs risk sepsis]].

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In real life, this trope is sometimes found in myths about various warrior cultures, but they are always untrue: real-life {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s know that weapons need to be drawn all the time for maintenance and practice, and cutting yourself deliberately out of such a superstition (especially in times of poorer medical knowledge) is a silly reason to [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs risk sepsis]].


Compare and contrast SituationalSword. Compare HungryWeapon if the weapon is ''literally'' hungry.

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Compare and contrast SituationalSword. Compare HungryWeapon if the weapon is ''literally'' hungry.hungry; sometimes, such weapons are supernaturally-bound to follow this trope.

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