The Cold Steel San Mai III Knives is a selection of Cold Steel Knife models with laminated San Mai III stainless steel blades. The Cold Steel San Mai III Knives include the Cold Steel Tanto Series, Tai Pan, a Gurkha Kukri, a Natchez Bowie, a Recon Scout, a Trailmaster Bowie, a Laredo Bowie, Pendleton Custom Classic, Cold Steel Master Hunter and Master Hunter Plus, the Outdoorsman, SRK, Recon Tanto, the ODA, OSI and OSS Fighters, the Peace Keeper I and more.
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 steel to be combined in a single blade. San Mai III 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 to withstand impact and lateral stresses.