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Hairs of life (命毛, いのちげ, inochige)

Brush makers put two or three hairs inside of the tuft as the longest hairs in the entire brush, and call them the “hairs of life”. They are the beating heart of the brush and, if worn out, the brush loses its vitality and it life ends. Hairs of life are essential for the brush flexibility and responsiveness. It is crucial to realize that calligraphy is usually written with the 1/3 of the brush tuft, and the hairs of life are defining the quality of the line.

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