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[Handmade mon-no-kata-kiri (mon stencil knife)]

[Handmade mon-no-kata-kiri (mon stencil knife)]
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L: 6.5 in, Diam: .375 in

Hawaii, unknown


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 knife : bamboo, metal, string ; 6.5 x .375 (diameter) in.

Handmade mon-no-kata-kiri (mon stencil knife similar to exacto knife) composed of a metal blade (6.5 in.) inserted in length of tapering bamboo handle (6.25 in.) and extends (0.3125 in.) beyond the end of bamboo to a sharp angled point. The 2 pieces of the handle are fastened tightly with fine string at ends.

Mrs. Shizu Kaigo used the knife to cut out stencils for kamon or mon (Japanese family crest) on formal kimonos for the Japanese community in Hawaii.

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