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This page lists Once Upon a Time's various episode goofs.
- During Emma's date with Ryan, her left wrist has a flower tattoo (briefly glimpsed in this episode, but more visible in other episodes). When she opens the door for Henry, the tattoo is gone.
- When Emma and Henry arrive in Storybrooke, Steveston Village, which doubles as the town of Storybrooke on the show, has not been redressed for some of the shots. The following real-life Steveston business names appear on-screen: Pacific Net & Twine, Romania Country Bread Serenity, Nikaido and Splash. In addition, the prop sign on the building that doubles as Mr. Gold's pawnshop for exterior scenes has not been put up. However, in a different shot, the sign on Serenity is gone (but not replaced), and Nikaido has been transformed into Standard Clocks. In "The Thing You Love Most", the local businesses have been redressed and transformed. Pacific Net & Twine has become Atlantic Twine & Net, Romania Country Bread has become Storybrooke Country Bread, Serenity has become Modern Fashions and Splash has become Neighbors.
- After meeting Archie, Emma opens the car door to get back in and drive Henry home. On the door screen, a camera man's reflection is noticeable. A reflection of a curtain on the car window is also visible.
- The article on the front page of the Storybrooke Daily Mirror is just the same block of text repeated three times.
- In an exterior shot of Storybrooke, the computer-generated clock tower is situated at least two streets behind Sara's Old Fashioned Ice Cream, a business located next to Mr. Gold's pawnshop. However, other episodes clearly show that the pawnshop and Sara's Old-fashioned Ice Cream are both located in the same street as the clock tower building, with the clock tower building on the opposite side of the road.
- In "Pilot", Emma has a mole on her chest. In this episode, it is gone. (In real life, Jennifer Morrison has had many moles removed from her body. The scar from this particular surgery, can be seen in a few episodes, including "Snow Drifts".)
- Regina Mills claims to Emma that her apples are from a Honeycrisp tree. However, the apples in the basket, on the tree, and everywhere else that apples are used in this episode are Red Delicious, which have a very different shape and color from Honeycrisp apples. Honeycrisp apples were not commercially available until 1991, and must be specifically bred.
- When Emma is walking Henry to school, at the beginning of their conversation about the curse, they are walking down the street away from Storybrooke Country Bread and Storybrooke Hardware and Paint, they are visible in the background. However, as they walk they pass the sign for Storybrooke Hardware and Paint twice. At the end of the conversation, when Henry gives Emma the pages from the storybook, they are in front of Storybrooke Country Bread. Also during this scene, when Emma pauses and stops walking, the clock tower is reflected in the window, but without the actual clock tower. (The clock and the uppermost part of the tower are CGI; they are not part of the actual building in Steveston Village).
- During Regina's conversation with Emma in her office, she states that today is a Thursday. This is later proven incorrect. According to "The Stranger" and "Selfless, Brave and True", August woke up in pain in Phuket on October 24, 2011 at 8:15 A.M. the exact minute that Emma decided to stay in Storybrooke at 8:15 P.M. on October 23 (since Thailand is 12 hours ahead of Maine's timezone). This episode takes place the next day, but October 24, 2011 was a Monday.
- When Emma is drinking hot cocoa with Mary Margaret, she has a flower tattoo on her wrist. When she opens the door for Granny earlier in the episode, it can barely be seen.
- During the scene with the fallen trunk blocking the path of the horse carriage, a horse wrangler with a blue baseball cap is visible in the bottom's center left of the screen. It is noticeable when Abigail screams, "Please help me".
- As the trolls search through Prince Charming's belongings, one of them finds Snow White's wanted poster. A second later, the poster is pulled out of the bag a second time.
- When Henry's school bus leaves, a real-life Steveston business known as the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, which doubles as the Storybrooke Cannery in later episodes, can be seen in the background.
- When Graham offers Emma a new job, the sign on the building behind Emma says Storybrooke Coffee Co. However, when Graham gets out on the police car, you can clearly see a circular sign on the side of the building, which says "Steveston Coffee Co".
- When Graham offers Emma the job as deputy sheriff, as he says, "Why don't you think about it", in the background, you can see the name "Steveston" on the sign of a business next to Kisamos Greek Taverna. ("The Price of Gold")
- In Mary Margaret's loft, the wall clock reads as 5:50 A.M., which is impossible considering the bright daylight in the previous scene as well as Regina's mention to Henry that she will be back before noon, which indicates the clock is set at the wrong time.
- As Emma and Henry cross the street after leaving the apartment, in the background, you can see a real-life Steveston business called Steveston WineMakers.
- When Henry lays on his bed, he crosses one leg over the other. In the next shot, his legs are parallel to each other.
- In camp, David is preparing for the journey to fight the dragon and unsheathes his sword for King Midas to see. When King Midas says, "You do this and you'll be a legend", the camera zooms for a close-up of David's face, which shows a visible scar on the right side of his chin. Before and after this scene, he has no scar.
- When the Wolf walks way from Graham, a window pane in the background says "Pacific Net & Twine", the real name of the Steveston business which doubles as Atlantic Twine & Net on the show.
- After Regina's scuffle with Emma, there is blood on the lower left corner of her lip. For the rest of the episode, the wound keeps changing appearance and position.
- When Emma is pressing a pack of ice against her wound, her wrist tattoo is missing.
- After the playground scene with Emma Swan and Henry, there is a shot of Storybrooke main street where you can see the clock tower building, but without the actual clock tower (the top two layers of the clock tower, including the clock, are CGI).
- When Mr. Gold brings the town charter binder to Emma in the apartment, he puts it down on the table while taking a seat. In the next shot, the binder remains in his hands as he sits down.
- While Regina is on the ambulance stretcher and breathing in oxygen from a mask, she has a coat draped over her shoulders. After Sidney irritates her by snapping photos, she says, "She's the competition, you fool", and pushes him away; the coat disappears in the next shot.
- Hansel dips a finger in the circular shaped icing on the outside of the Gingerbread House. After Gretel gives him a warning look and the camera gives a frontal angle of the house, part of the icing is missing. When Gretel climbs up to peek inside the window, the icing is fully coated again.
- In the recap video, the shots of Prince Charming and Snow White are mirror-inverted versions of the shots from "Snow Falls". Therefore, Charming's scar is on the wrong side of his face.
- The dove Mary Margaret finds in the woods is not the same one she releases to the bird flock. While the injured one has a darker beak color as well as a distinctly white feather coat with a reddish plume around its neck, the healthy one is completely powder white with a lightly colored beak.
- As Regina is watching David and Mary Margaret, Archie Hopper's name is missing from the entrance to the building where his office is located.
- When Moe French steps out of his florist's van, in the background, you can see the clock tower building, but without the clock tower (the actual clock tower is CGI).
- When Mr. Gold runs into Regina on Valentine's Day, Archie Hopper's name is missing from the entrance to the building where his office is located.
- When Gaston knocks on the Dark One's castle door, there is a close up on Rumplestiltskin's face, in which his left eye's contact lens is missing.
- After Belle sets down the rose on the table and talks to Rumplestiltskin and the camera shifts back and forth between the two, the rose keeps changing positions in the vase though no one is touching it.
- Jim's car license plate is 40F5TH, which is the same as Regina's in "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree"; indicating it was a reused prop.
- After Astrid wipes off the glitter on Leroy's face, there is none on his mustache. As the camera switches to him following his climb up the ladder, the glitter is clearly visible all over his mustache.
- Storybrooke's zip code is revealed to be 04815, which is in the right number sequence to be a Maine zip code, but it is not used in Maine, or even in the United States. 04815 is a postal code used in Spain and Peru.
- "What Happened to Frederick" shows that the day Kathryn disappears, and the day before, is a school day. On the first day, she learns about David's affair and confronts Mary Margaret at school where students and teachers are milling about. When Kathryn decides to leave Storybrooke, she apologizes to Regina for "what happened yesterday" (when she took her anger out on Regina) while Emma seeks out Henry at school. On the same day, Kathryn departs, and Regina burns the letter. However, according to Kathryn's phone records, she disappeared on a Sunday. In the U.S., school classes are not in session during weekends.
- At the end of the episode, Kathryn has been missing for twenty-four hours; meaning that this episode takes place the day after she disappears. David tells Emma that he last spoke to Kathryn "yesterday afternoon" (and stresses that he is telling the truth), but also says that he hasn't spoken to her since ending their relationship. However, "What Happened to Frederick" shows that David broke up with Kathryn the day before she disappeared. In addition, Emma says to Sidney that David told her that he didn't speak to Kathryn the day before she disappeared, though, in fact, he said he did. This complicates matters even more so when Emma discovers that Kathryn did talk to David on the phone the day she disappeared, but "Red-Handed" and "Heart of Darkness" establish that he doesn't remember the phone call because of a memory blackout.
- While Robert Carlyle was filming scenes for this episode, he forgot to take off his own wedding ring.
- As the Evil Queen and Jefferson are running to escape the guards, the hedges of the maze as well as the ground are smoking and charred where they were burnt by fire magic. As the Evil Queen turns around to entrap the Wonderland guards, the floor shows no sign of having been burnt.
- During Emma's struggle with Jefferson for the gun, the weapon is pointing in a different direction every time, although no one touched it.
- In the stables, Regina's hands are touching the sides of Daniel's face and he pulls them down. As the camera pans for a close-up of her face when Daniel says, "Then if I am to marry you", her hands are once again back on his face. Then, the camera angle changes to show a side view of both of them with Regina's hands held by Daniel again.
- At the dock, Emma reads the latest edition of the Daily Mirror with an article detailing Mary Margaret's involvement in Kathryn's disappearance. Kathryn's name is misspelled "Katherine" in the article.
- As Emma runs through the alleyway to investigate, the back camera view shows she is wearing bright red gloves. When the camera angle switches to the front after Emma reaches past the alley, her gloves are gone.
- The license plate on a car next to August's motorcycle is 40F5TH, which is the same as Regina's in "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" and Jim's in "What Happened to Frederick".
- When Emma and August walk down the streets of Storybrooke, a real-life Steveston business known as the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, which doubles as the Storybrooke Cannery in later episodes, can clearly be seen in the background. ("The Stranger")
- During Mary Margaret's talk with Regina outside the school building, her fringe noticeably changes between shots.
- In the first shot of Emma and August actively riding the motorcycle with the vehicle headlight on, it shows their stunt doubles.
- In the opening scene, Regina is wearing black pants. When she is being tied to the apple tree by Archie and Ruby, her pants are gray.
- The date on the monitor screen over Henry's hospital bed is "10 Nov 08", but "Selfless, Brave and True" establishes that the "Pilot" episode takes place in October 2011.
- When Jefferson releases Belle from her cell, his neck scar from the side and back is missing.
- When David and Mary Margaret are reunited after the curse is broken, "The Rabbit Hole" sign is missing from the entrance to the pub.
- Regina cries in Henry's bedroom while clutching his bed pillow. In the next scene, the pillow is gone.
- The name of the real-life Gulf of Georgia Cannery can be seen on the Storybrooke Cannery as the mob goes to Regina's house.
- Archie's license plate is 40F5TH, which is the same as Regina's in "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" Jim's in "What Happened to Frederick" and a car next to August's motorcycle in "The Return".
- After Snow White is poisoned by King George, she is disposed of on the side of the road. At the shot from her backside as she falls from the impact of being thrown, the upper right back part of her clothing is barely smudged with a light imprint of dirt. The camera angle switches to the front and then to the back again, to show the upper right back part of her clothing is now deeply coated in a heavier amount of dirt.
- It is raining heavily as Regina is driving home when she glimpses Daniel. However, the next day when David and Henry go to the stables, everything from the road to the car is completely dry.
- Emma's flower wrist tattoo is missing when she's climbing the Beanstalk.
- After Emma traps the Giant in a cage, his sleeve is sticking out from under it. In the close up, the sleeve is tucked in.
- When the Yaoguai writes "save me" in Chinese (救我, pronounced "Jiu Wo"), Belle somehow manages to read the entire message before the creature finishes writing the first symbol.
- The date on the monitor screen over Greg's hospital bed is incorrect: It says "04 Jul 09", but "Selfless, Brave and True" establishes that the "Pilot" episode takes place in October 2011.
- When Ruby runs toward Dr. Whale on the Storybrooke Dock, the name of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, which doubles as the Storybrooke Cannery on the show, can clearly be seen on the building.
- While Anton is clinging onto the pipe to keep from slipping and the townspeople prepare to bring a rope, there is already a rope visibly hanging down into the hole from behind him.
- Though the filming streets were a recreation of Manhattan, at least two Vancouver-based food eateries in the real-life neighborhood of Gastown are visible in the background; Terracota Modern Chinese and Salty Tongue Cafe.
- Mr. Gold implies there is no chance that Cora would control him using the dagger since no one has ever accomplished that in centuries. In actuality, the dagger was in Anna's possession for a brief time in "The Apprentice".
- When Cora holds up the infant Regina during her announcement ceremony, the baby is wearing a modern diaper.
- When Tamara opens the envelope of cash, the words "motion picture use only" are printed on the dollar bills, proving that they are prop money, and not real banknotes.
- When Hook is speaking to Regina in her office, the back of his ear is clearly visible several times; revealing that the earring is a clip-on.
- Baelfire takes one loaf of bread and eats it, but when Wendy picks up the whole pan, all three loaves are untouched.
- As Neal and Mulan are walking in the Enchanted Forest, Mulan's hair changes with the camera. In up-close shots, some of her hair is over her shoulder. In further-off shots, all of her hair is behind her shoulder.
- When Henry is given the storybook in October 2011, he sees a picture of the scene with Geppetto, Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio right before the Blue Fairy's arrival. However, the story of Pinocchio being sent to the Land Without Magic along with Emma was not in the book until August added it several months later.
- Henry's clock on his bedroom drawer cabinet reads as five o'clock, but after Pan lets his Shadow free from the sail, the clock tower proves it is almost midnight.
- When Zelena is dressing up, she has green gloves on. When she puts the necklace on, the gloves are missing, but reappear when she catches the hat.
- As David and Mary Margaret are walking through Main Street, the top of the Nikka Fishing & Marine, the building which doubles as the Storybrooke Clock Tower for the show, can be seen behind a building. The top two layers of the clock tower is CGI, and the top of the real building, looks completely different from Storybrooke's clock tower.
- David mistakenly calls his son's announcement ceremony a "coronation". This mistake is also present in the episode synopsis released by ABC.
- When Emma is keeping past Hook occupied, while future Hook is skulking around the room, there is a wide shot where future Hook can be seen in the background, sneaking past a corner, and you can see the face of Colin O'Donoghue's body double.
- The wanted poster Prince Charming holds up, during the scene he traps Snow White in a net, does not have her name on it. However, in the next shot, when Snow White looks from above, and when the poster is pulled out from Prince Charming's bag by the Bridge Trolls on the Troll Bridge, the name Snow White is visible on the paper.
- When Snow White comes over to thank Prince Charming for saving her, you can clearly see that the one who comes over is not Ginnifer Goodwin, but her stunt double, Maja Aro, who served as the body double for a pregnant Ginnifer for the final episodes of Season Three.
- Neal's announcement ceremony is mistakenly referred to as a "coronation". This mistake is also present in the episode synopsis released by ABC.
- In a newspaper article about a campaign to encourage people to spend more money in their local shops, the last paragraph refers to money as British pounds, not dollars. However, another sum correctly uses dollars.
- Hook's heart is completely pink/red. When it is returned in "Heroes and Villains", there is some black in it.
- The old pet shelter sign can be seen in an establishing shot of Granny's Diner, even though Any Given Sundae moved into the pet shelter's premises in the season premiere, and was clearly established as still being there in episodes before and after.
- When Regina is waiting outside the Storybrooke Library, as Cruella's car is making its way down the road, a vertical sign on the building next to the Storybrooke Cannery says "Steveston Hotel".
- When Emma is following Cruella's car, as Cruella's car turns right, the Storybrooke Cannery can be seen in the background. However, the sign on the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, the real life cannery which doubles as the Storybrooke Cannery for the show, has not been updated properly: The first word of the real business name can still be seen on the building, and the first three letters of the fictional name are missing. The sign literally says "Gulfrybrooke Cannery".
- After Mr. Gold and his team leave the Blanchard Loft, a direction sign pointing to "Steveston General Store - second hand goods" can be seen on a building. This is a real business in Steveston Village, the town which doubles as Storybrooke on the show.
- The date on the heart monitor screen over Mr. Gold's hospital bed is "25 Dec 14"; however, according to the timeline of the show, the episode takes place in 2013. Nor could the flashback take place in December 2013, because the episode clearly states that both the scene where Robin Hood an his family leave Storybrooke, and the New York City flashback, take place nine weeks before the frame story. However, "Heroes and Villains" establishes that Robin left town shortly after Mother Superior's disappearance in "Fall", and according to the missing person form in "Darkness on the Edge of Town", Mother Superior was reported missing on November 6.
- The businesses known as Worthington's Haberdashery and LaTandoor are seen next to Granny's Diner. However, Worthington's Haberdashery had moved out of the building midways through Season One and Any Given Sundae was clearly established as occupying these premises in episodes before and after; while Duperre & Hughes moved into La Tandoor's old premises back in Season Two, and was still there in episodes before and after "Lily".
- When Emma and the others arrive in Storybrooke, in the first shot of the scene, on the left side of the screen, there is a sign that says "Steveston Museum and Visitor Centre".
- When everyone arrives in Storybrooke, the license plate on a car parked outside the diner is 40F5TH, which is the same as Regina's in "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" Jim's in "What Happened to Frederick", a car next to August's motorcycle in "The Return"  and Archie's license plate in "We Are Both".
- Rumplestiltskin said to Emma that Dark Ones don't need to sleep. However, Mr. Gold slept in episode "Lacey".
- To wake Mr. Gold from his coma, Emma needs an object that touched him before he became the Dark One. When Hook tells her about how he threatened Rumplestiltskin in "The Crocodile", he shows her his sword, telling her that he took this cutlass and held it to Rumplestiltskin's head. However, the sword that Hook shows to Emma, is not the sword that he threatened Rumplestiltskin with. The sword that he used to threaten him had a golden handle. When Hook and Rumplestiltskin met again in "The Crocodile", several years later, Rumplestiltskin takes the same sword from Hook and duels him with it. When he vanishes into thin air after cutting off Hook's hand, he takes the sword with him. The sword that Hook shows to Emma, which Emma uses to wake Gold, has a black handle with a completely different design, and is the one he carried after the other sword was taken from him; this can be seen in episodes like "Queen of Hearts", "Lost Girl" and "The Jolly Roger". This means that the sword Emma uses to wake Gold from his coma never touched Rumplestiltskin at all, but the spell still works.
- Hook points to one of his rings and reveals that it belonged to a man named Barnaby, who called him "One Hand Jones". Hook killed him, and took his ring. However, Hook was already wearing this ring in "The Crocodile", when he still had both of his hands. This can clearly be seen while he's gambling at the tavern.
- When Hook and the others are transported to Storybrooke via the Dark Curse, his costume is different from the one he wears when everyone wakes up in Storybrooke in "The Dark Swan".
- When his memories are returned, Robin touches his right side, because he recalls getting stabbed by Percival, but the wound he received in Camelot was on his left side.
- Prior to being teleported out of Granny's Diner by Nimue, Mary Margaret and Henry aren't wearing any jackets. However, when they emerges at Storybrooke Heritage Park, they can be seen wearing jackets.
- Despite being given the Mark of Charon, the Dwarves do not get brought to Storybrooke Heritage Park along with the other marked victims.
- In the close-up of the Blind Witch's eyes, you can see the contact lenses used to hide the actress' pupils.
- Regina says she ripped out pages about herself from the Once Upon a Time book during the first curse. While Henry ripped out pages of Emma's story from the book in the pilot episode, Regina sees an illustration of herself while browsing the pages in "The Thing You Love Most".
- When Zelena is disguised as Mother Superior, she wears a nun outfit with long sleeves. The real Mother Superior appears wearing rolled up sleeves. However, in the next shot (after Mother Superior says, "Who are you?"), it switches; Zelena has the rolled up sleeves and Mother Superior has long sleeves.
- When Zelena is taking the Scarecrow's brain, her skin is not entirely green.
- When Belle and Robin are found by Regina and Robin, Regina is suddenly wearing a hat despite not wearing one earlier and having spent the entire day out in the woods with Robin.
- La Tandoor and Worthington's Haberdashery, two former businesses in Storybrooke, can be seen in an exterior shot of Underbrooke, where stock footage from the first season seems to have been used; even though previous episode have established that the storefronts next to the Underbrooke Diner are the Underworld versions of Chop Shop, Duperré & Hughes and Any Given Sundae.
- Belle French breaths during Sleeping Curse. However, in "An Apple Red as Blood" and in "Into the Deep" victims of that curse gives no sign of being alive.
- When Emma and Hook are walking down the street, the time on the clock tower is 8:45 PM. When Mr. Gold is inside the clock tower, the time on the clock (seen from inside the clock tower) is 8:30 PM. (Originally, the scene with Mr. Gold in the clock tower was supposed to take place before the scene with Emma and Hook. This was changed during editing.)
- One of the businesses across the street from the pawnshop is called Jolene's Arts & Crafts. However, when the dirigible is flying over Storybrooke, the real business name, Crafts 'n More, can be seen on the building. When Belle walks by the pawnshop at the end of the episode, the name is back to normal.
- When Mary Margaret and David are in the forest, looking for the visitors from the Land of Untold Stories, Mary Margaret receives a phone call. She says to David, "That was from Emma and Hook. No sign of Hyde or Hyde's friends on the north side." The problem is, Hyde had already been captured earlier that day, and Mary Margaret, David, Emma and Hook were all there when it happened. They wouldn't look for him.
- The location of Mr. Gold Pawnbroker & Antiquities Dealer has changed from previous episodes. In past instances, a lane way was situated in between the establishment and Dave's Fish & Chips. In Season Six, the lane way has disappeared, and the pawnshop is now located right next to Dave's Fish & Chips. This can be seen more clearly in "Heartless".
- The knife that Hook discovers aboard the Nautilus is not the knife that Hook used to kill his father in "Swan Song". The knife that Hook used had a double edge and a double-sided handle, while Liam's knife is bigger, and has a single-edged blade and a different handle.
- In the 1993 flashbacks, the business known as Duperre & Hughes can be seen next to Granny's Diner. However, as seen in the Season Two premiere "Broken", Duperre & Hughes did not move into these premises until after the Dark Curse was broken in 2012. Before that, these premises were occupied by a restaurant known as LaTandoor. The reason for the goof is most likely that LaTandoor, a real life business in Steveston Village which has since been closed down, could not be used when Steveston Village was redressed as Storybrooke for the 1993 flashback, so they had to use a fictional business instead.
Show In General
- In the outdoor scenes filmed in Steveston Village, the buildings located across the street from Granny's Diner do not precisely match the buildings seen from inside the diner, filmed inside a studio. In exterior scenes, on the left side of Storybrooke Country Bread, there is a blue wooden building, with a gap of approximately ten meters between the two buildings. In the interior scenes in "Snow Falls", "The Shepherd", "Desperate Souls", "7:15 A.M.", "Dreamy", "We Are Both", "Child of the Moon", "Tiny", "Welcome to Storybrooke", "And Straight On 'Til Morning", "Witch Hunt", "It's Not Easy Being Green", "The Jolly Roger", "The Apprentice", "The Snow Queen", "Fall", "Heroes and Villains", "Best Laid Plans", "Mother", "The Dark Swan", "Siege Perilous", "Only You", "A Bitter Draught", "The Other Shoe", "Where Bluebirds Fly" and "The Final Battle Part 2", there is a completely different building next to Storybrooke Country Bread. This building, which is part of a set on Stage 4 at The Bridge Studios in Burnaby, is brown and made of bricks, and there is no gap between the two buildings. Also, in "The Shepherd", "7:15 A.M." and "Witch Hunt", you can see a blue/grey studio wall behind Storybrooke Country Bread. In exterior scenes, there is no such wall.
- The location of the Heart Vault, changes throughout the series. For example, in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", "The New Neverland" and "Kansas", there is a slope on the left hand side of the building, but in "The Queen Is Dead", a different shot from "Kansas", "The Apprentice" and "Shattered Sight", this terrain is flat. The trees around the vault, also differ between these episodes.
- The headstones around the Heart Vault, change dramatically throughout the series. In addition, sometimes there is a statue on the right hand side of the vault, sometimes there is a statue on both sides of the vault, and other times, there are no statues there whatsoever.
- Throughout the series, the written letters of the Dark One's name keeps switching from one side of the dagger to the other. Sometimes, the letters are right side up when the dagger is held in the right hand and facing the wielder with the first letter at the tip of the blade. At other times, the writing is right side up when the dagger is facing the wielder and held in the left hand with the first letter next to the hilt.