Written By Gary Hynes Edibles / Kitchen Tools Apr 21, 2011 San Mai Stainless Damascus to be made in BC SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSan Mai Stainless Damascus This is an update to the article “Anatomy of a Knife” that appears in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of EAT Magazine.Cosmo Knives is now making San Mai Stainless Damascus knives and Seth Cosmo Burton maybe the only person in the world custom making it at present.What is San Mai?A simple way to think of San Mai blade construction is to imagine a sandwich: the center is hard, high carbon steel and the pieces of bread on either side are the lower-carbon, tough side panels. 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 a blade is made “tough” the edge won’t be hard enough to offer superior edge holding. San Mai blades provides a 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. There are other makers making San Mai in carbon steels but Seth Burton is the only one using high performance stainless steel. He has upgraded his steel making equipment with a new 6000LB Rolling Mill, so he is ready to start producing the best available material for knives. Seth will be also rolling mocume-gain (wood grained metal in Japanese) for the fittings (guard, bolster pummel, etc). His first San Mai knife was made for a new made-in-Canada pilot show called Cityslickers (hosted by Rob Stewart) on the Food Network.For more information on Cosmos Knives visit cosmoknives.comArtisanArtisan ProductsKitchen ToolsKitchen Tools SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Gary Hynes Gary Hynes, a writer and photographer, founded EAT magazine in 1998 and is its editor and chief paperboy. He studied Electronic Music with Samuel Dolan at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Audio Recording Technology at ... Read More You may also like Get Fresh / One ingredient May 18, 2017 Fiddleheads: Take a walk on the wild side GET FRESH With a particularly long and chilly winter behind us, and snow shovels safely stowed away, you might say we are starving for glimpses of ... Read More Good For You May 2, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Enter the Draw to Win Greetings my fellow wholesome food lovers. Welcome to another edition of Good-For-You Grocery Finds! I hope you had a wonderful, chocolate-filled ... Read More Get Fresh / One ingredient March 21, 2017 Brassica Greens “Get Fresh” Produce shopping is evolving into an art form, or perhaps more of a sport. The demands made of local markets are known to be ... Read More Good For You / Health / Victoria February 21, 2017 Grocery Finds Giveaway – Tahini, Bean Flakes, Beet Bars & Turkish Apricots Hello my friends. Here we are knee deep in February with the anticipation of an approaching Spring bringing its annual soothing consolation. I hope ... Read More Food News / Spoiled Milk February 16, 2017 Alexis de Portneuf Develops New Packaging & Tasting Notes From time to time we receive product samples at the EAT office. Most of time we don’t write about them unless it’s something readers ... Read More Good For You / Victoria January 17, 2017 No Fuss Comfort Foods – CONTEST ALERT Happy January my fellow nutritious nibblers! I am back, as promised, with another edition of Good For You Grocery Finds. This “post-holiday” ... Read More Comments are closed.