A shaved knuckle was a way of cheating in a game of knuckles, where you shaved a corner of a knuckle to change the outcome.

The expression was frequently used by Fiddler, Kalam Mekhar and Quick Ben. "The hole" was a reference to Quick Ben's Warren, which could put him at Kalam's side in a number of seconds. The Shaved Knuckle in the Hole was a way of cheating whoever was endangering Kalam, by introducing Quick Ben to the scene.[1]

In Deadhouse GatesEdit

Fiddler and Kalam travelled to Seven Cities to find a way to Unta, the Malazan imperial capital, without attracting attention. Quick Ben remained on Genabackis, but could join them at a moment's notice as their shaved knuckle.[2][3]

Later, Empress Laseen told Kalam that High Mage Tayschrenn was Dujek Onearm's shaved knuckle on Genabackis.[4]

In Dust of Dreams and The Crippled GodEdit

Bottle was also referred to as "A Shaved Knuckle in the Hole" in Dust of Dreams and The Crippled God.

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