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The Tonbogiri (蜻蛉切?) is one of three legendary Japanese spears and was created by the famed swordsmith Masazane Fujiwara of the Muramasa school, said to be wielded by the daimyō Honda Tadakatsu. The spear derives its name from the myth that a dragonfly landed on its blade and was instantly cut in two. Thus Tonbo (Japanese for "dragonfly") and giri (Japanese for "cutting"), translating this spear's name as "Dragonfly Cutter". It is also one of the Three Great Spears of Japan (Sanmeisou) along with Nihongo and Otegine.

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