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    as much sense as anything else, anyway

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    This symbol can be seen on the swords of Japanese nobility.
    The number three has quite a set of phenomena.
    Three, therefore, stands for that which is solid, real, substantial, complete, and entire.
    Three denotes divine perfection; hence the three circles points us to what is real, essential, perfect, substantial, complete, and Divine

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdipisReks View Post
    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.
    This one really made me laugh How about one for great A'Tuin?

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    He doesn't know how to use the three shells.....
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    Damn...I thought for sure it was in homage to Ballantine Ale!
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    The three stars, not circles

    Three stars are a symbol of victory. Three stars are also used to represent the Orion constellation. There are also link to three generals. however I ecpext Jason to chip in some info from Murray himself.

    Mitsuboshi means:
    Mitsu = Three
    Boshi = Star

    You might find some info here:
    http://www.otomiya.com/kamon/sizen/hoshi.htm

    Ancient Japanese Astronomy and Mythology
    Stars that played a significant role in the lives of common citizens in Japan were often given the distinction of being called Yowatashi Boshi or passing the night stars. This phrase was applied to prominent star groups which would appear in the East at sunset and set with the dawning sun. Orion is certainly one of the most noticeable Yowatashi Boshi in the sky.

    In most every culture, it is easily recognized and continues to grab the attention of children and adults throughout the long winter nights. The grouping of stars that form the constellation, most especially the three belt stars or Mitsu Boshi have played a major role in Japan's cultural heritage with the sky.

    As one of many groups of stars with which Japanese formed associations, Orion is a particularly rich "case study" in the ways in which Japanese historically made the sky a part of their lives. In the case of Orion, Japanese have seen few if any individual gods or heroes or even mythological creatures within the constellation as a whole but rather icons of common knowledge or use and symbols of specific cultural values and attributes.

    While some star lore reflects a kind of national "consciousness", there is no singular Japanese interpretation of the star patterns but rather a variety of objects, memorialized events, seasonal markers, symbols of religious value, and legends based on particular geographical regions and functional needs of ordinary citizens

    Link: http://www.crystalinks.com/japanastronomy.html


    Heres a thread from another forum
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    Three circle makes a better story and a good story teller is a successful seller. If you don't believe it, then why are we talking about them here?

    But since we are talking knives here (indirectly), for me personally, three circles would symbolize a good Heat Treatment where three major components are balanced out
    - Good edge stability
    - Good hardness
    - Good wear resistance

    It goes without saying that a steel suited best for kitchen cutlery would be selected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oivind_dahle View Post
    The three stars, not circles

    Three stars are a symbol of victory. Three stars are also used to represent the Orion constellation. There are also link to three generals. however I ecpext Jason to chip in some info from Murray himself.

    Mitsuboshi means:
    Mitsu = Three
    Boshi = Star
    Interesting, because the car maker MitsuBISHI has three little diamonds as its logo. I mean, who would want to drive a MitsuBOSHI. That's why ToyoDA family name is ToyoTA on the cars, and Matsushita is Panasonic in the US.

    Kramer and Carter use these 3 circles. Pawn brokers have used three cherries for centuries. Slot machines use the three cherries as well. There's alot of people in on this ... I wonder how far it goes.

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    Sounds like a conspiracy to me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    Three circle makes a better story and a good story teller is a successful seller. If you don't believe it, then why are we talking about them here?

    But since we are talking knives here (indirectly), for me personally, three circles would symbolize a good Heat Treatment where three major components are balanced out
    - Good edge stability
    - Good hardness
    - Good wear resistance

    It goes without saying that a steel suited best for kitchen cutlery would be selected.

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