The Toad Stabber (and Pig Pile winner!)

The last time I was in Lamar, Colorado visiting my mom and dad, Mom was fixing lunch and using The Toad Stabber.  There I was, in my forties, and only just then did I wonder for the very first time how in the world The Toad Stabber got it’s name!  All My life we’d called my mom’s best kitchen knife The Toad Stabber.  To me, referring to that knife by it’s proper name (i.e. The Toad Stabber) came as naturally as calling a peach a peach.  But until that day, I’d never really thought of it.  The Toad Stabber?  How funny!  I mean obviously

I LOVE discovering little family oral traditions like that!  Though I did snap a quick photo of mom wielding The Toad Stabber (included here) I forgot to ask why in the world we call that knife The Toad Stabber!  It’s just a plain smooth-bladed kitchen knife.  I need to call her and ask her for certain, but I’m almost 100% positive that her parents (or my dad’s parents) probably had a kitchen knife they called The Toad Stabber. (I think I should use this in a book somewhere along the way…don’t you?)  “The Toad Stabber?”  How hilarious!  I mean, obviously (though you can’t see it very well in this photo) the knife would be perfect for stabbing toads if the occasion arose that one found oneself in need of doing so…but really…why The Toad Stabber?  And maybe it’s as simple as that.  Maybe some ancestor of mine found the need to stab a toad along the way somewhere.  Yet, it’s a mystery that I’m going to have to research.  Maybe the people at could help me.  I love that show!  They discover a lot of interesting things!  However, I’m not sure anyone can solve the mystery of The Toad Stabber…not entirely anyway.  But I do know one thing…having a kitchen knife christened The Toad Stabber is TOTALLY my family!  And I mean my family way back for generations and generations!  It’s one thing I love so much about my family, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc…little fun, unique things like The Toad Stabber.

I need to get myself a Toad Stabber.  Though my kids are almost all out of the house, the grandbabies are just starting to come along and I think “Grandma” should have a Toad Stabber, don’t you?  I mean…really…think about it…The Toad Stabber?  It’s hilarious!  I’m not kidding…my mom never said, “Sweetie?  Will you hand me that long kitchen knife out of the drawer?”  She always said, “Sweetie?  Will you hand me The Toad Stabber?”

The Toad Stabber…and important and tangible piece of my personal and family history!  What are some of yours?

Also, I forgot to mention…that Holly B. (posted a comment on the blog) is the winner of the Pig Pile game!  I just felt so badly for your children, Holly!  E-mail and address to me where I can send your game!   (

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9 Responses to The Toad Stabber (and Pig Pile winner!)

  1. Stacey says:

    Love it! The toad stabber?? Yes, I think Grandma MUST have one of those! I mean, it IS a tradition right? You gotta find out this mystery and let us all know!! Thanks for another great story!

  2. Chalinor L says:

    I’ve never heard of a toad stabber before 🙂 I think that would be great fun to be in a future book 🙂

  3. Jelaire says:

    My favorite silly family tradition would have to be the Halloween Carols. Yes, you did read that right. Halloween Carols. They are the tunes for Christmas songs and have Halloween lyrics. For my grandma’s birthday last year my aunt typed them up on cute paper and had them spiral bound so that we have actual song books.
    I think a toad stabber sounds like a fabulous thing to have in your kitchen!

  4. Millie says:

    How funny! In my family we have a knife called Toe Stabber. Does that sound like Toad Stabber? :p This was a good size knife that we would get ingrown toenail out. 😀

  5. Jennifer H says:

    Although, personally we just let our toads go… though they do tend to stick around! Haha
    AND it would be SO much easier to ask for a knife by name I must admit rather than going to get it yourself in exasperation… hmm I haven’t ever had to do that, now have I ;^)
    You are right though, you should definitely have a Toad Stabber just to carry on the tradition!

  6. Shannon H says:

    We also have one of those funny things in our family, Its called a VILDA. You know how when you are eating something really cold and it freezes your head and you think it might explode and you hate yourself for eating that ice-cream or surlpee way too fast. Then you want to scream, well that very thing happened to our Aunt Vilda, now anyone who has a brain freeze, will scream “AUGH I am having a VILDA” and everyone knows just what that means. I love little family personalities, they make me smile! Just like toad stabbers!

  7. Oris says:

    Another family thingy. Do you remember, The Community Slip?

  8. Leo Jones says:

    Growing up in our family, some 80 years ago a toad stabber was any knife you carried with you. You could even use it to peal “spuds” known today as potatoes or some also call them tatters. You always put lots of skid grease “butter it is called today” on them either before you cooked them or after. For breakfast you had sow belly (bacon) and cackle berries (eggs)..

  9. Melany McElhaney says:

    Oh my goodness…. just saw this! My Dad had a toad-stabber as well! He kept it in his tool box but used it often. He was from Chicago. His parents were from the south.

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