The skilled knuck-giver was the one able to remove the most skin from the recipient’s knuckles! Bloody fun! single rap from flat face of the cards was 1 single rap from the card edge was 2 Hand sandwich applied with a fist was 10 Food sandwich was 25 A guy I work with described the Flying Knuck as applied by jumping off a park bench and slamming the foot into the hand sandwiched between two halfs of the deck. I recall my mother wanting this game outlawed. You knew who lost by the scab that lasted on their hand for a week. great stuff…especially when the kid picked a red card. He went white!
I grew up in St. Albans Queens in the 50-60’s I can’t remember how one got the points. It had something to do with what you had left in the hand. But I remenber drawing for hard or soft knucks eg red or black. There was the slap with the flat of the pack. There was the smack with the edge of the pack (the scrape???) then there was putting your hand down on the ground and the deck on the fingersnails and then the winner stepped on the deck. Then there was the flying knucks…. A nice sadistic game that turned boys into men
I grew up in St. Albans, Queens on Galway ave in the 50-60s. I played war. Much like web diva says but it was more dramatic when you had two equal cards. First you and the other player said I and put a card face down then you said de (pronounced dee) and put a card face down. Then you said clare and put a card face down. Then the big finish you both yell war and throw down the fourth card face up and see who wins. Boy I remember playing Knucks. I believe it is short for knuckles. I am not certain but I believe you ended up with points for not winning and the points depended on which cards you had in your hand. The type of knucks you got depended on the point total. If it was low you got slapped on the knuckles with the flat of the deck. If it was higher you got smacked on the knuckles with the edge of the deck. Then there was the worst. Putting your hand on the ground and the deck on the fingernails and someone stepping on the deck. Nothing like a good sadistic game to bring back fond memoires. Someone must remember how to play.
i remember the point/penalty structure as follows 52….the sandwich…as described…hand between the deck….applied with the foot 5…the scrape…lateral motion 2…the guiliteen……deck divided in thirds….the middle third up and slides between the outer thirds…the vector delivered downward to the knuckles inall cases…the finger wrapped around the full deck of cards….any cards drop….added to the penalty any confirmation or variations? joekoolxxxx [at] yahoo [dot] com