jīn axe; measure of weight; kati

Made with 4 strokes.
Picture of an axe, hence division and so a weight measure

Sounds same

jīn (ferry crossing) jīn (metal) jīn (modern) jīn (scarf) jīn (metal)

Different tone

jìn (near) jìn jìn (to advance) jìn (to prohibit)


Index 69 used in: jìn (near) ; tīng (to listen) ; xīn (new)

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stroke order for 斤
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半斤八两 bàn jīn bā liǎng Nothing to choose between two alternatives
运斤成风 yùn jīn chéng fēng A very skilled person. The story is that Jiang Shi was so skilled that he knock a spot of paint off the end of someone's nose. he could only hear the ax move like a gust of wind