Monday, August 8, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (61) Knife - 刀

The shell bone script for character Knife is


The Xin Hua Online Dictionary explains that the bottom is the handle, the top is the blade. I would say that the top may be the handle, the right bottom is the blade, and left bottom is used by ancient Chinese which we don't understand.

Its small seal script is


which is not like knife anymore, dictionary says that the change had been made too much. But if we consider the top is the handle, it is still like a knife, even though not a good pictography.

Its clerical script is


some similarity to small seal script, but not like knife very much.

Its current standard printing script for traditional or simplified character is


same as the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Dao1".

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