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The Cut Turtle

This page is being used to collect information about the history of the origami design I call the Cut Turtle (which is developed from the Kabuto base). Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.


In Japan (and books by Japanese authors)


This design appears in 'Origami zusetsu' (Illustrated Origami) by Sano Shozo, which was published in Tokyo in 1908. This is the earliest evidence for this design I know of from Japan, but see entry for 1894 below.



The design also appears in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.



A drawing of the design appears in 'Origami Moyo, Book One', by Kawarazaki Kodo, which was published by Unsodo in Japan in 1935.



The design also appears 'Origami: Folding Paper for Children' by Claude Sarasas, which was first published by Kodansha in Tokyo in 1951.


In Europe and the Americas


This design appears as 'The Japanese Turtle' in 'Old Glory: The Flag of Our Country: A Study in History and a Lesson in Paperfolding: Also Some Easy Lessons in Cutting and Folding' by Dr Albert Elias Maltby, which was published in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania in 1894.