San-Mai / Damascus Billets

Various patterns of DAMASCUS / San-Mai Billets available on request, for that one of a kind, special art knife you are planning. Quality South African produced Damascus strips of different patterns and sizes to suit all tastes.

San-Mai billets NOW AVAILABLE with 52100 core and 3CR12 cladding. All have been surface ground. Made by De Wet Van Zyl. See photos of De Wet’s knives made with the San-Mai billets.



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Damascus steel is a type of steel easily recognisable by its wavy patterned design. Aside from its sleek look and beautiful aesthetics, Damascus steel is highly valued as it is hard and flexible while maintaining a sharp edge. Damascus also tends to stay sharper for longer, which is a definite advantage for slicing and dicing. Remember, too, that there are different kinds of Damascus. Carbon Damascus is softer to work with but once hardened, it’s harder than stainless.

All forms of high carbon DAMASCUS / San-Mai Billets are also prone to rust. (Rust is just red iron oxide.) Do not let this alarm you though; it is still very simple to care for your Damascus steel. Because the main enemy is moisture plus time, the main rule is: don’t leave your blade wet for too long. We recommend the use of Fluid Film to prevent rusting.


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