Introduction: Knife Games: 5-Finger Fillet

Picture of Knife Games: 5-Finger Fillet

After a long days work or school we all need to relax a little right? Me to, and the best way to relax is to put yourself in a situation where if you don't relax, you may just lose a digit. Nothing can get you on your way to sleep like a little 5-Finger Fillet.

***WARNING: I am in no form responsible for any damage, loss of property, partial or total amputation of a digit or limb, or death from the use of the instructions herein. If you think this could be a bad idea (which it is) don't do it.***
Thank you.

Step 1: Pick a Knife, Any Knife, Hopefully Its Your Lucky Knife!

Picture of Pick a Knife, Any Knife, Hopefully Its Your Lucky Knife!

For this game you only need four things, a knife, two hands and a table. There are many knives laying about my lab and I grabbed the few closest to me. You should go with something you are comfortable with, personally I go with a fixed blade due to a bad folding blade accident back in Boy Scouts. Ever had a knife fold down into your hand? It's all personal preference or what you have on hand. For practice, I recommend an unsharpened pencil, eraser down or another non-harmful item.

Step 2: Your Hand. Use It and Possibly Lose It.

Picture of Your Hand. Use It and Possibly Lose It.

I am right handed so I will be putting my left hand on the line. Who really needs both anyway? Basically the spaces around your hand are numbered, starting with the space to the right of your thumb (1), the space between your thumb and index finger (2), so on until you reach the space to the left of your little finger (6). The pictures can explain it much better.

Step 3: The Game, Finally.

Picture of The Game, Finally.

Grip your knife firmly in your dominant hand, serial killer stab style and put the point down in the spaces previously outlined starting with 1-2-3-4-5-6 and back from 6-5-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-5-6-5-4-3-2-1... onward forever just like the song that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends. Some people like to call out the numbers as they go but most family would find it unsettling to be woken up in the middle of the night by you screaming "1-2-3-4-5-6-5-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-5-6-5-4-3-2-1" at the top of your lungs, wielding a knife at your desk.
Simple enough. Start off slow and see how fast you can get without actually stabbing yourself. Remember the simple rule stabbing yourself=BAD. Say it with me 'stabbing yourself = BAD.' Nicely done now get out there and impress some girls with your knife wielding ability.


QuartzXV (author)2016-04-19

Your spelling and punctuation are rather poor, you can't spell 'too' and 'it's' properly. This is Instructables, not bad-grammar competition.

Singer42069 (author)2015-08-23

Do it with a butter knife

jakeonian (author)2012-09-20

damn my dyslexia... etc**

jakeonian (author)2012-09-20

the real order is 1-2-1-3-1-4-1-5-1-6-1-5-1-4-1-3-1-2 ect
or 1-2-1-3-1-4-1-5-1-6-5-6-4-6-3-6-2-6 ect

ilpug (author)2011-01-12

im suprised you dont have more scars on your hands

dynikus (author)2009-11-16

1-2-3-4-5-6-5-4-3-2-1-2-3-etc is pretty easy after a while. What I usually do is 1-2-1-2-1-3-2-3-2-4-3-4-3-5-4-5-4-6-5-6-5-6-4-5-4-5-3-4-3-4-2-3-2-3-1-2-1-2-etc.
I find it more challenging. :]

jacob5680 (author)2009-09-16

I have the EXACT same blade for this game. XD

abadfart (author)2009-08-27

lol shotgun that DRP

AnarchistAsian (author)2008-11-10

lol, you whittle your desk?

i really want this knife...

I have a ka-bar, this one. its cool


you need a standard issue Marine ka-bar, my dad's is from the Vietanam era. Its a classic and he keeps it for service.

The good ol ka-bar. I want one too now that you mention it, but its a bit too pricey for my income/expenses. Hopefully all this education will pay off, but in the meantime, I can dream of a future with bigger and better knives.

ha ha, yeah... hopefully i can get one for christmas... retail price is 60 dollars on a full size. 40 on a short. the full size is over kill, but i still love it... if only they made a foliage green short blade. i would totally buy that myself...

PKTraceur (author)2009-05-21

Can I get a video? -PKT

lobo_pal (author)2009-01-18

So funny, especially the last step. Nice instructable.

Father Christmas (author)2009-01-17

haha. i learned this by using a pen. takes away most of the danger. then you gain skill and can do it with a blade.

Noodly0ne (author)2008-10-10

I have two of the same model "gopher knives"! Also from my grandfather! Weird... Nice instructable too, i like the 1-2-1-3-1-4-1-5-1-6-1-2-1-3-1-4-1-5-1-6-1 method myself.

AnarchistAsian (author)Noodly0ne2008-11-10

those are pretty common...

shadymilkman (author)Noodly0ne2008-10-15

Some of the best knives i own are from my grandparents. Sentimental value plus they are usually made well.

Ph3nomin0n (author)2008-09-12

I CuT OFcchgla MY kenalasknflkhe FINGERs aND caNTvcxvgdf tYPe KLKALKlbfl

smeeves (author)2008-09-11

my favourite is 1 2 1 3 1 4 1 5 1 6 1 5 1 4 1 3 1 2 1 2 1 3 and so on and so on. i can go realllllly fast with a pencil eraser, with a knife or anything sharper it gets stuck in the table a bit (or alot) everytime....

Hitman3000 (author)2008-09-02

I tried this game, it is actually pretty relaxing. The trick is to relax when you go to stab and your fine

bowmaster (author)2008-07-02

This can be considered a form of meditation because you have to be aware of your body.

lilgrandad (author)2008-06-10

ur nuts man :)

shadymilkman (author)lilgrandad2008-06-27

My nuts! How did you see them?

2H2H (author)2008-06-19

I did this and had to get stitches. it felt tingly :-)

shadymilkman (author)2H2H2008-06-27

ah, you probably could have used more practice.

TheSaneOne (author)2008-06-10

For real relaxation, try upgrading the 1-to-6-and-back-again routine with a more random approach: 1-3-2-4-6-2-3-1-5-etc... The trick here is that you must decide which slot to place the knife, on the fly. The mind, being indecisive, may sometimes "split the difference" and place the knife squarely between two slots. This is the routine I use for personal relaxation. Also, place your hand over someone elses hand and try. It's a "trust builder".

Charles IV (author)2008-03-07

My Dad and i used to play this but instead he called it mumbly-peg. I don't know why

snakester (author)Charles IV2008-03-19

Indeed. It is a totally different game which involves you flipping the knife off of parts of your body and making the knife stick into the ground/sand. My dad use to play it at school for money. He was a pro no-lifer :\

shadymilkman (author)Charles IV2008-03-11

Mumbly-peg is a different game actually. It involves throwing knives as close to your foot as possible. I plan on posting an instructable on that as well as soon as i get time and the ground will thaw out.

InventorD (author)2008-02-29

You are scary O.O

shadymilkman (author)InventorD2008-03-03

Scary is relative. That being said, I have unintentionally scared people before, mostly females late at night in parking lots, without even saying or doing anything creepy. Just walking to my car.

InventorD (author)shadymilkman2008-03-06

okay now your really creeping me out....D:

shadymilkman (author)InventorD2008-03-11

*Sigh* Just live a day in the life of a "creepy" person and see how it is. Not fun, people stare. I'm a good person, I'm even a volunteer firefighter but people still don't see past the long hair and large build. Go figure.

fireandshadows (author)2008-02-11

i do this at school with my pencl. it scares people.

cubemonkey (author)2008-02-02

I totally thought of "Aliens" too. nice Instructable though.

bobbyk881 (author)2008-01-25

I miss the table and fingers and I stab my wrist because my hand shakes to much.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-25

I like the top knife in the picture in step 1. Just kidding. That's the laptop, haha. Nice job, I like how you put Instructables on your laptop during the Instructable.

But, it's still dangerous.

killerjackalope (author)2008-01-25

I would think that people that need to be shown how it works shouldn't do it... also that's a rather nosy servo indeed.

There are a lot of instrctables out there that if someone doesn't know how, they shouldn't do it, like the one on making a baby especially.

I don't think the people who don't know how to make a baby last long... But it's just on of those things, that said it's innovative as a relaxation technique, you now owe me a new desk lol...

macmoritz (author)2008-01-25

How stupid to make an instructable outta such things! :-(

uguy (author)2008-01-25

You stabbed the doctor? Shame n you.

keng (author)2008-01-25

in the immortal words of bill paxton.."NAaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!"

About This Instructable




More by shadymilkman:Survival: The Inevitible Zombie Attack.Knife Games: 5-Finger FilletPicking a Soldering Iron
Add instructable to: