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Some years ago I bought a horsetail whisk (Fo Chen;  拂尘 ) from the late, lamented Brendan Lai’s Martial Arts Supply Company in San Francisco.

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There were three problems – the fibers did not feel like real horsehair; neither I nor my photographer cared for the pink trimmings; and I did not like the feel or weight of the handle.

 

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