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The opening thread defines where is the best place to slash the sword that will behead them in a single swing. The opening thread scene only happens during Tanjiro's fight as it represents the keen sense of smell he possesses. This constantly reminds us how Tanjiro is different from others as others learn to do that through experience and training but he can do it just by sensing it.

From the answer, "Opening thread" determines the angle and position of sword to be needed to successfully kill a demon and experienced demon slayer just learns from experience but Tanjiro has a olfactory ability to sense the "Opening Thread".

This was evident during the battle between Rui and Tanjiro. Tanjiro was struggling to get hold of the "opening thread" and although he managed to behead Rui using Hinokami no Kagura, Rui was surprisingly not dead and he managed to sew himself. Later, Tomioka came and beheaded Rui with no effort whatsoever. So, do experienced demon slayers looks for "Opening thread" or they just go by intuition? In other words, is Tanjiro the only one who can sense a "Opening thread"?

And how does newcomers determine the perfect slash to behead the head of demons? Is it from their individual ability like Inosuke throwing a full blown attack while Zenitsu becoming precise in sleep mode?

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Maybe this is more of a comment, or maybe an answer, but a disappointing one, but I don't believe the story every explains this.

I imagine other demon slayers have something similar, or at least some intuition about where to slice the neck, but the story never mentions that anyone besides Tanjiro has this specific Opening Thread "ability."

The Wiki even doesn't have any specific articles about "opening thread."

I guess the audience is supposed to fill in the blanks themselves.

  • IIRC Tanjiro had a superior sense of smell, thus sometimes being able to "smell" the opening in an enemy, called the "opening thread". We don't have any statistics on the smell proficieny of the other Hashiras to say that they can also use it, but most likely they have something similar from other sense in my opinion.
    – RigaCrypto
    Aug 1 at 7:54

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