Monday, July 7, 2014


There is a Czech saying that Každý správný muž má u sebe nůž which basically means that "Every real man carries a knife."

I'm told that all Czech boys (and Slovak boys too) at some point receive a small pocket knife with a fish-shaped handle.  It was very popular during communism but the tradition continues today.   

Rybička means "little fish" and it has a hole at the end so that it can be carried on a key chain or worn around one's neck.  The knife comes in handy for mushrooming.

Thanks to Martin and Katka, now I too have my very own rybička.  Between this and my sock and sandals I feel like I'm starting to fit in.

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