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    What do the 3 circles mean?

    I'm sure that I am the only one who doesn't know this, but what is the significance of the 3 circles that appear on Carter, Kramer, and some other knives?
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    Mitsuboshi Trademark symbol for "three stars", registered in the 3rd year of the Keicho era (1598).

    From Carters site.

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    Thanks, but that doesn't really tell me much.
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    The first circle represents PEACE: The tranquility of artisian and his/her craft, the union between the maker and creation

    The second circle is STRENGTH: The passion and power singularly focused into manipulating matter led by the spirit and soul

    The third circle is ENLIGHTENMENT: The total sum of all that is created joined together in complete harmony as maker become one with his/her creation.
    PS: Just kidding, I have no idea what these mean

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    From kramerknives.com

    "The number three is a magic number in many cultures and it plays a big role in my heat treatment; it also represents the nuclear family, the tripod, and the mind, body and spirit connection. The mosaic pin is a powerful symbol that represents peace and culture."

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    The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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    It is all of the above, and none of the above. It's denotative meanings are almost infinite, since 3 rocks scattered on the ground often make that pattern. But It's connotative meanings will differ from each different maker.

    I would venture to day that Carter uses it because it is simple and elegant, and has a Trinitarian aspect to it, a Christian(among others) concept.

    I would like to know if there is some kind of specific reason why they chose those designs.

    Not to be mean, but I always assumed that since Kramer puts the design inside another circle and uses it for pinstock, it's because it is simple pinstock to obtain.

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    Given the information from Carters site about the three stars origin in Japan I don't buy the "trinity" explanation. And Kramer's explanation is pretty open ended.
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    the first circle is for snapping turtles, the second circle is for box turtles and the third circle is for sea turtles. universal turtle symbols.

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    OK, now that makes sense!
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