Monday, August 8, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (61) Knife - 刀

The shell bone script of 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 know.

The big seal script of the character is

Similar to shell bone script.

The small seal script of the character 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.

The clerical script of the character is


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

The song typeface of the character is


same as the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Dao1".

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