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Crab pincer (蟹爪, かいそう, kaisō)

This is one of eight main strokes of standard script more precisely a vertical stroke following the “eight principles of the character永” (i.e. “eternity”), also known as永字八法 (えいじはっぽう, eiji happō). The other name for this stroke is 趯 (てき, teki), which suggests “lifting”, or “a hook”, hence the crab pincer reference from its upturned shape. The difficulty in writing a perfect “teki” is that its gradually thinning line needs to be delivered in one smooth consistent stroke, without losing vigor. Please refer to the standard script section on our website to read more.

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