More Handshake Protocols

Two more handshakes to draw to your attention.

Fists: The first is very simple – offer a fist, with the back of your hand pointing upwards. Usually you’ll get the same side as reciprocation, i.e. if you offer a left fist, you’ll see their right fist. These then touch knuckle to knuckle. Nice and simple.

Claws: The second is a complication of an earlier entry. After completing the brother style handshake described in the earlier post, switch directly into the following. Orientate the hand vertically – if you’re using your right hand, palm facing left. Relax the thumb, and curl the fingers so the fingernails are pointing back towards you. Your fingers should now be making a claw shape, and your handshake partner will be doing the same. To complete the handshake, briefly connect the two claws, pull back towards yourself to create some pressure, and release.

One Reply to “More Handshake Protocols”

  1. This is hilarious–I love your National Geographic-esque take on American ‘handshaking protocols’.

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