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    Name to put on knife

    Before I heat treat the blade that I'm making I thought that I would like to engrave my name on it in asian form. One kanji form I have found looks like this:


    Does anyone know any Japanese people who might know if this is "Spike"?
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    Then there is katakana:

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    I think SPIKE in english would look pretty cool. No one has anything like that on a blade.

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    There's no way you could pronounce the first one as Supaiku in Japanese - the most likely reading would be Shihyakkoku, but to most people it would look like nonsense Go with the katagana

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    Well crap! I just came in from the shop where I engraved the first one! Maybe I will put Spike on the other side. Regardless of whether anyone can make sense out of it, it does look pretty cool!
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    Here is a crummy picture of the engraving.....

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_R.../Photo%204.jpg
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    I like spike on the blade better.

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    But you got the kanji from somewhere, right? It's probably Chinese pronunciation.

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    That is the case, it is chinese. Maybe I should incorporate some lead in there somewhere?
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    Do you know that there is no lonely consonant in Japanese (other than "n")?
    You can never write Spike in Japanese letters.
    The katakana スパイク will read Su-pa-i-ku and it will be a 4 morae word.

    Many do not know about mora so I will make a link to wiki:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mora_%28linguistics%29

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