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    Size: 13/16
    Point: barber's notch
    Blade: 1/4 hollow, yasuki steel
    Box: original

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    "Rook-Bishop:  from Japanese chess/shogi and the 1960’s cult yakusa movie. — Steve56

    About the names from Shogi (将棋: Japanese Chess)


    The Rook is called a 飛車 in Japanese. This means flying chariot and is transliterated as hisha. The  used in the name of this piece means chariot. This same character is used in the name for the Lance and for the name of the Chariot in Xiangqi. Since it is also used for the Lance, the other character, the , is used for the half-Kanji piece. This character means flying, and it is used in the Japanese words for airplane and aviation.




    The Bishop is called a 角行 in Japanese, which is transliterated as kakugyō and means angle-goer. The  means angle, and the  character means going or goer. Neither character is used in the name for any other piece, and the half-Kanji uses the first character, the one for angle. In terms of meaning, this is the character that better distinguishes the piece, since every piece can go somewhere.

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    Condition: hair moistened, tip out/root in

    HHT-0 - shave: The hair can be shaved immediately at the holding point. This is strictly spoken not a true HHT, but it does tell us that the edge is capable of shaving. [all other attempts must be made at least half an inch from the holding point]

    HHT-1 - violin : The hair doesn't cut, but it "plays violin" with the edge. This is due to the shingles catching the edge, but it's not sharp enough to penetrate. On a full hollow razor, a faint ringing sound can be heard. On all razors it can be felt with the fingertips that hold the hair.

    HHT-2 - split: When it is dragged across the edge, the edge catches the hair and splits it lengthwise.

    HHT-3 - catch&pop: When it is dragged across the edge a bit, the edge catches the hair and pops it. The severed part will jump away.

    HHT-4 - pop: The hair is popped immediately when it touches the edge. It still jumps away.

    HHT-5 - silent slicer: The hair falls silently as soon as it touches the edge.

    source: http://coticule.be/hanging-hair-test.html

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