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Cold Steel brass Master Tanto, mint with near mint sheath and box. This is the original San Mai version with brass guard and pommel. It is 11-1/8" overall with the San Mai steel blade and lanyard hole.  It has checkered black Kraton handle. This sheath has some light rubbed places showing storage wear.

San Mai means “three layers”. It is the term given to the traditional laminated blades used by the Japanese for swords and daggers. Laminated construction is important because it allows different grades of stainless steel to be combined in a single blade. This allows the bladesmith to make a blade that more exactly matches the performance characteristics he needs. A simple way to think of this type of construction is to imagine a sandwich: The meat center is hard, high carbon steel and the pieces of bread on either side are the lower-carbon, tough side panels. Generally the edge of the blade should be hard to maximize edge holding ability, but if the entire blade was hard it could be damaged during the rigors of battle. For ultimate toughness the body of the blade must be able to withstand impact and lateral stresses. Toughness is generally associated with “softness” and “flexibility” in steel, so that surprisingly, if an entire blade was made “tough” the edge would not be hard enough to offer superior edge holding. San Mai III® provides a superior blade with hard (higher carbon) steel in the middle for a keen, long lasting edge and tougher (lower-carbon) steel along the sides for flexibility.


The San Mai III lamination is over 25% stronger than the incredibly tough AUS 8A stainless in the normal Tanto.

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Cold Steel brass Master Tanto, mint with near mint sheath and box. This is the original San Mai version with brass guard and pommel. It is 11-1/8" overall with the San Mai steel blade and lanyard hole.  It has checkered black Kraton handle. This sheath has some light rubbed places showing storage wear. X-00037 Sold
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