So I was reading a book about a certain Romanian elder and came across a note explaining that the liturgical spear used in the Byzantine rite to cut the prosphora is used sometimes in exorcising devils (!), but no details as to the history of this practice or how it is done.
This reminded me of a curious practice I've witnessed at Coptic Liturgies, where the priest, having washed the Communion spoon at the altar after Communion, will apply it to his eyes and the eyes of some of the deacons at the altar (maybe others, I don't know).
So I'm wondering if anyone knows anything more about these practices, or even has any information on other similar practices in various Orthodox traditions regarding the use of liturgical utensils or other implements for other than their primary purpose. Off the top of my head, I know of some in my own tradition, but I want to try and verify what I contribute before I share those things.