This lack of knowledge is good for us. It gives us a lot of latitude when making our genuine vintage Otto Link Tone Edge ligature. Various sites on the internet show various configurations and claim that the "real" Otto Link Tone Edge ligatures changed over the years. And they did. Which should make it really easy for us to make one for ourselves.
But first, let's look at a little reality (some of you may want to skip this section). Mr. Otto Link did not "make" ligatures. Just like Mr. Link did not "make" mouthpieces. Link purchased blanks for both ligatures and mouthpieces from suppliers. The ligatures were probably purchased from AP&M (American Plating and Manufacturing Co.) a company that is still in business and still makes ligatures. Just like JJ Babbitt (the source of Link's mouthpiece blanks), AP&M will make you blank ligatures that don't have the AP&M logo on them. You can them customize them to your own standards. We are going to customize ours in the same way as did Mr. Link and others. People think that only Mr. Link stamped "A" and "T" on his ligatures back in the day. They are wrong.
Here's the AP&M logo on an old ligature. You can enlarge any picture by clicking on it. These are usually $10-15 on sites like Ebay. Even better is to buy one that's on an old mouthpiece that interests you.
I should note that this ligature originally had some lacquer on it. Like most of my official rare vintage Link ligatures, it showed up free in the bottom of an old case. To make it rare, I simply call it rare. To make it "vintage," I boiled it. When removed from the hot water, you just wait a few minutes and the lacquer falls off. You can see the lacquer flaking off in this picture. I talked about lacquer removal on the entire saxophone in this blog.
That's more like it. It's now worth $150 more because it's also a real vintage Link ligature.