When we were kids, we used to play a card game. It was called “Knuckles”, or just "Knucks," and sometimes “Bloody Knucks.”
Anyone remember this game? I’ll bet some do.
I forgot how it was played, but I do remember how it ended. I Googled it, and for most people it is pretty much the same, they remember the end, but are fuzzy on the rules. It may have followed “Double Solitaire,” but I also think it may have followed the rules of “Go fish.”
The ending was what counted. The winner got to rap the other guys knuckles the number of times of the points he won by.
The manner of the rap was chosen by drawing a card. Red meant you hit hard, black was soft.
Then there was the method of the rap which was chosen by the rapee. There was the scrape where you scraped the knuckles with the cards of the deck held lengthwise against the knuckle. You got one scrape per point. There was the smack, a blow to the knuckles with the width of the deck. One smack was worth five points. Finally, there was the bomb, basically a smack but with a greater and thus harder length of downward stroke allowed. The bomb was a ten pointer.
There was a strategy. If you lost but drew soft, you chose a smack or bomb as the rap method because the scrape, even if soft, would loosen up the knuckle and make bleeding easier later. If you drew hard, the smack or the bomb hurt more, but the scrape was very effective.
The winner was the first to draw blood. I remember it was kind of a badge of courage to be the loser and have the bloody knuckle.
What did we play after a game of Knucks?
What you only have one knuckle?
I don’t know where this game came from or why it was so popular, but I’ll bet kids from other ages and in other areas of the country all played some variation of the same game.
What did you guys call it?