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Edo-Fude: Edo Writing Brush

July 30, 2015

While there is a Kansai-style (West Japan) “Katame-Fude (literally, hard writing brush)”, the one in Tokyo is called “Edo-Fude” or “Sabaki-Fude”, which traces its history back to the Edo Period (17-19c). When “Sankin-Kotai (One of the feudal systems)” took place and many craftsmen were gathered from all over the country into Edo (Tokyo of today), their techniques and craftsmanship were introduced and completed the present Edo-Fude consequently.

“Katame-Fude” is used by dipping two-third of the brush in India ink from the tip, while “Sabaki-Fude” is used by fully dipping the brush in the ink as close as to the brush shaft.
These writing brushes have been crafted till now to supply with the most suitable brush for users, depending on their respective tastes, skills, ways of writing, sizes and style of writing.

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Translation by: Aya Matsui, reviewed by Hiroko Okamura

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