What is Tagane-Makura(鏨枕)?

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  • A Tagane-Makura refers to the rim of the signature, which is made when a swordsmith inscribed his signature in the NAKAGO(茎) with the chisel called Tagane(鏨). This is achieved by pushing the metal aside by the edge of the signature.
  • A Tagane-Makura wears down by taking a sword in and out of its handle many times. So the older swords have usually lost the rim almost completely.

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