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 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
I remember playing knucks…bloodied, hit on the knuckles with the full deck. We cheated a lot. On the 40s, we used to bait the Irish kids into playing with us and taught the the game all wrong. Thus, they had sore knuckles because they were the new kids, to us, on the block. Never were able to get the Italians to fall for it. Johnnyboy Figueroa
As I recall, the game was basically crazy eights. You can look up the rules in any card book. The specail part was what was done after the game was over. I used to play with my brother only so I am not sure what happened for more than 2 players. You counted up the number of cards left in the losers hand. You then cut the deck and if a red card came up, the knucks were hard, a black card called for soft knucks. I remember that you hit the knuckles with the flat deck for each knuck. There were other variations, I seem to remember scraping knuckles being worth 5. One significant feature is that if the winner got carried away and dropped any cards, he got knucks for each card dropped (52 if the whole deck dropped)
I used to play this card game with friends from Rochdale Village in Jamaica, Queens back in the ’60s. This game could get a little bloody at times if you drew a red card from the deck. Marc
I Think back often of my old friends who I hung out with on 105 street and 1st ave. Choo Choo’s ice cream parlor, Veto-Junior-Bulletthead-Mikey Sonny-Louie-Donnie I could go on and on with names of friends I think of often. I miss them and wish them the best that life can offer them. E.Mail rs-curcurato [at] webtv [dot] net
I Think back often of my old friends who I hung out with on 105 street and 1st ave. Choo Choo’s ice cream parlor, Veto-Junior-Bulletthead-Mikey Sonny-Louie-Donnie I could go on and on with names of friends I think of often. I miss them and wish them the best that life can offer them.
Does anyone remember the rules for Knucks? I recall that it involved trying to run out of cards before the other person did. If you were left with cards, you got rapped on the knuckles with the flat of the deck once for each card left. There were substitutes, where hitting with different parts of the deck (e.g., the edge) counted for more than one hit with the flat of the deck.