I would like to put a Bourbaki dangerous bend symbol in my text. The LaTeX package manfnt allows to easily type the Knuth variant of the Bourbaki dangerous bend symbol. This variant is basically the Z-shaped dangerous band inside a signal diamond attached to a pole (\dbend). This variant is nice but height: it introduces extra interline (because of the pole). I am looking for a Z-shaped only version, a one that is ready to use.

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    this is unicode U+2621 so it should be in the stix/xits fonts. Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 14:43
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    @barbarabeeton Is that an uppercase U I see before me?
    – user10274
    Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 14:46
  • @MarcvanDongen -- uh, yes. (there are some exceptions.) Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 14:53
  • @barbarabeeton Very interesting: any hint on how to type it in LaTeX ? Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 15:04
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    for the stix fonts, the command \danger was proposed, but i'm not sure it's the final choice. Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 15:34

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A TikZ version with the height of a "Z". Width, height, rotation angle, line thickness, ... can easily be changed.


  line cap=but,
  line join=round,
  very thick,
  rounded corners=1.5pt,
]\draw (1, 0) -- (0, 0) -- (1, 1) -- (0, 1);


  • Thanks, is there a way to adjust the size? Commented Nov 3, 2022 at 21:05
  • @N.Pullbacki (a) The whole symbol can be scaled by a canvas transformation, e.g. by factor 2: transform canvas={scale=2}. (b) The coordinates can be scaled with TikZ option scale` (or differently for x and y axis with xscale and yscale, the line width (the example uses very thick) can be set with TikZ option line width, and the value for rounded corners can be set differently. Commented Nov 5, 2022 at 16:45

This implements Barbara Beeton's suggestion without loading the stix package:


\DeclareFontShape{U}{stixbbit}{m}{it}{<-> stix-mathbbit}{}


This is the \stixdanger{} symbol.


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  • I like the slightly rotated version, partly because it's more clear that it's not a letter Z or a numeral 2. To get the rotation, it worked for me to use \rotatebox[origin=c]{-10}{\stixdanger}, with rotatebox being provided by the graphicx package.
    – user6853
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 20:09

Find its unicode, see the fonts which support it, search your system for available fonts and do (Lua- or XeLaTeX needed):

% arara: pdflatex


% or very dangerous...

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Following @barbarabeeton comment, a stix version writes:


  • Unfortunately the package stix interferes very badly with my target journal template (article document + AmS packages): does a more selective package exist ? ((Note: I am ready to hack for own stuff, but I am not sure about the Journal editorial team behaviour: past experiences convince me to stick to classical stuff)) Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 18:24
  • It seems like egreg's answer would be a variation on this that would avoid the clash with the stix package.
    – user6853
    Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 19:56

Inspired in Egreg's answer below I present my own Bourbaki's dangerous bendsymbol:

<-> stix-mathbbit

The original symbol would be the \bend symbol defined. I want it thicker too, that's why I define also the \bendsymbol symbol. It is true that it isn't the most elegant way to get it. However, it has (what I think is) and advantage with respect to Egreg's bend symbol, and is that it's defined as a math ordinary symbol, just like \alpha.

It is possible to rotate it if one wants, but I like it just like that.

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