Steel in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Steel

  2. The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel

  3. Tempering Makes Strong Steel

  4. Discipline / Training / Tempering Character

  5. Iron Heart

  6. Armor

  7. Shinken Shobu

Steel Scroll

鋼 is the Chinese character and Japanese Kanji for steel (as in iron mixed with carbon and other elements to make it stronger).

This can also be the name Hagane in Japanese. Like Mr. Steel in English. It can also be pronounced as Tsuyoshi or Kou when used as a personal or given name in Japan.

The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel

 bushi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi
The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel Scroll

武士の一言金鉄の如し is an old Japanese proverb about the value of the word of a warrior.

Here are a couple of versions of how this can be translated:

A warrior's single word is as unchanging and reliable as gold and steel.
A warrior's promise is as dependable as gold, and his [scabbard contains] untarnished steel (a sword).

Note: Sometimes this phrase is written as 男子の一言、金鉄の如し (danshi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi)

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Tempering Makes Strong Steel

Hardship Develops Strong Character

 bǎi liàn cái chéng gāng
Tempering Makes Strong Steel Scroll

百煉才成鋼 / 百煉纔成鋼 literally translates as: Only after much tempering is steel produced.

Figuratively, this means: True character must be tested in hardship.

This is a mild form of saying, “Whatever doesn't kill me, makes me stronger.”

Discipline / Training / Tempering Character

 mó liàn
Discipline / Training / Tempering Character Scroll

磨鍊 is a form of discipline which suggests training of the mind and character, aimed at producing self-control, obedience, etc.

One of my Chinese-English dictionaries even translates this as “tempering oneself” or turning yourself into hardened steel.

In old Korean Hanja, they use these characters in reverse order but with the same meaning. If you want the Korean version, please click this link instead of the button above: Korean version.

 tiě xīn
 tetsu kokoro / tesshin
Iron Heart Scroll

鐵心 can be translated as “iron heart,” “steel core,” or “iron mind” in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

This is not a common term, but I added it here since so many were looking for “iron heart.” This is almost like saying you are without emotions or feelings - a very stoic person. This is not a Buddhist trait.

Armor Scroll

鎧 is a simple way to write armor/armour in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Armor This can also be Yoroi (a Japanese place name). It can also refer to mail as chain mail.

Shinken Shobu

Death Match

 shinken shoubu
Shinken Shobu Scroll

In modern Japanese, 真剣勝負 means to take something very seriously.

The literal and historical meaning is “real sword battle.” In old times, a Samurai apprentice would practice with a wooden practice sword. Once trained and qualified, they would wield a real steel sword made for battle and killing. They were ready for a “death match” or Shinken Shobu.

真剣 is an adjective that has come to mean serious/earnest. The literal translation is “real sword.”

勝負 in the simplest terms, means match, contest, game, or bout. Depending on the context, it could also mean victory or defeat, winning and losing, or the outcome of a battle.

There is a suggestion in Shinken Shobu that you train with serious and real intent, as we should train with the same fervor and dedication as if the battle was real. “Train as we fight.”

See Also:  The More We Sweat in Training the Less We Bleed in Battle | Cry in the Dojo - Laugh on the Battlefield

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your steel search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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steel; (surname, female given name) Hagane


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Iron Man
(1) iron man; strong man; (2) (in fiction) (steel-clad) robot; (given name) Temujin


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 sutiiru / sutiru

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steal; (personal name) Steel; Steele; Steell

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to temper (as steel)

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to roll (steel)

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steel sword

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to engrave; to carve; hard steel

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fine steel


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 esuzou / esuzo
(See 鉄骨造) steel construction


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 marukou / maruko
round steel bar


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 reigou / rego
chilling (steel)


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steel; (surname) Hagane


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(1) striking sparks with flint and steel or by rubbing sticks together (usu. to start a fire); fire lit by sparks from flint and steel, etc.; (2) (Shinto) Shinto fire-purification ceremony


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 wakou / wako
traditional Japanese steel (e.g. used in swords)


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 houkou / hoko
(c) Baowu (Chinese iron and steel company); Baosteel



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bǎo gāng
    bao3 gang1
pao kang
Baosteel, Chinese steel maker formed in a 1998 merger, then merged to form Baowu 寶武鋼鐵|宝武钢铁[Bao3 wu3 Gang1 tie3] in 2016



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fèi gāng
    fei4 gang1
fei kang
scrap metal; steel scrap


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rěn xīn
    ren3 xin1
jen hsin
to have the heart to do something; to steel oneself to a task


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(irregular kanji usage) toothpick; skewer for eating moist wagashi (steel, bamboo, etc.); (surname) Ageeda


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 boukou / boko
steel rod


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 youzu / yozu
toothpick; skewer for eating moist wagashi (steel, bamboo, etc.); (place-name) Youzu



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yáng zhī
    yang2 zhi1
yang chih
 youji / yoji
toothpick; skewer for eating moist wagashi (steel, bamboo, etc.); (place-name, surname) Youji
Willow branches, or twigs, used as dantakāṣṭha, i.e. for cleansing the teeth by chewing or rubbing; willow twigs



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cáo gāng
    cao2 gang1
ts`ao kang
    tsao kang
steel groove; V-shaped steel bar



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héng xīn
    heng2 xin1
heng hsin
to steel oneself; to harden one's heart


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(transitive verb) (1) to knead; to thicken into a paste (stirring over a flame); (2) to polish (a plan, etc.); to refine; to elaborate; to work out; (3) to train; to drill; to exercise; (4) to tan (leather); (5) to temper (steel); (v5r,vi) (6) to walk in procession; to parade; to march



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liàn gāng
    lian4 gang1
lien kang
to make steel; steelmaking


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striker (triangular piece of steel used with flint to create sparks)


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steel made from iron sand or black sand (used in sword blades)


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 kouban / koban
    kouhan / kohan
steel sheet; steel plate; steel plates



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bái gāng
    bai2 gang1
pai kang

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
haganegāng / gang1 / gangkang
The Warrior’s Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel武士の一言、金鉄の如しbushi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi
Tempering Makes Strong Steel百煉才成鋼 / 百煉纔成鋼
bǎi liàn cái chéng gāng
bai3 lian4 cai2 cheng2 gang1
bai lian cai cheng gang
pai lien ts`ai ch`eng kang
pai lien tsai cheng kang
Tempering Character
磨練 / 磨鍊 / 磨鍊
mó liàn / mo2 lian4 / mo lian / molianmo lien / molien
Iron Heart鐵心
tetsu kokoro / tesshin
tetsukokoro / tesshin
tetsu kokoro / teshin
tiě xīn / tie3 xin1 / tie xin / tiexint`ieh hsin / tiehhsin / tieh hsin
yoroikǎi / kai3 / kaik`ai / kai
Shinken Shobu真剣勝負shinken shoubu
shinken shobu
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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