“It doesn’t matter whether the cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.”
— Excerpt from a speech at the Communist Youth League conference on July 7, 1962 by Deng Xiaoping (22 August 1904 – 19 February 1997 – his death was attributed to a lung infection and Parkinson’s disease)
Generally, a Chinese martial arts fork with two tines is known as a fisherman’s fork, and there are are quite a variety of forks with three tines. These may be classified as to whether (1) the two outer tines are straight or point inward or point outward and (2) whether all the tines are the same length. Most of the Chinese martial arts forks described as tridents have three straight tines with the central one longer.
I have yet to see a Chinese martial arts fork with four or more tines, although there have been rumors.
In this photo from left to right the spading fork is 40″, the five-tined manure fork is 67 inches, the ten-tined bedding fork is 63 inches and the trident is 91 inches.
It does not matter how many tines a fork has as long as it defeats the enemy. Or a statistician might assert that there is no correlation between the number of tines and victory.
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