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“That’s not a knife… THAT’s a knife.” is one of the most memorable quotes of the 1986 movie Crocodile Dundee. While the quote is not wildly popular, it is still used on some occasions in various images, and YouTube videos. It can also be used as a comeback, in order to turn down the threat posed by another poster, by presenting them with an even greater threat.
The most popular variation of the phrase is “You call that a knife? THIS is a knife!”, and it is seen far more often in image macros, than the original movie accurate phrase. The “Knife” can also be pronounced as “Knoif”, if one wants to make a closer reference to the movie, or australians in general.
The quote originates from a scene where Nick and Sue come across a robber, who demands Mick’s wallet, while threatening him with a small switchblade. In response, Mick laughs him off, and pulls out a machete.
Robber – You got a light buddy?
Mick – Yeah, sure kid. There you go.
Robber – And your wallet.
Sue – Mick. Give him your wallet.
Mick – What for?
Sue – He’s got a knife.
Mick – Hah hah hah. That’s not a knife…
Mick – THAT’S a knife.
Appearances in Popular Culture.
The quote has been seen in the popular shows The Simpsons, and Family Guy. It’s also the name of an ability in the game Homefront (2011), and an achievement in the game Halo: Reach (2010).
Urban Dictionary – Knoif
TVTropes – Crocodile Dundee
Facebook – That’s a Knife
That’s a Knife – Website