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We have updated our knife steel introduction to include the newer CPM S35VN and M390 data sheets. These are two tough stainless knife steels with very good edge retention.Have you read this article?
Knife Steel Simplified is our new book that contains 152 pages of tool steel information devoted to the knife maker engaged in the production of high-quality tool steel knives.
"Tool Steel Simplified" is packed with valued tool steel knowledge and resources necessary to produce high-quality tooling. 226 pages of information that can help you produce high-quality tooling for your manufacturing application.
Custom fabricated high-speed steel tool bits in PM M-48 and PM T-15
This comparison chart compares the toughness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance of CPM S30V, CPM S90V, 154 CM, 440C and D-2 knife steels.
Data sheets for many common tool steel grades including O-1, L-6, A-2, D-2, S-7 and H-13, A-11, A-11LV, PM M-4, PM T-15, M-48 and many more tool steels with heat treating instructions
Emergencies occur when least expected. Are you prepared for a real life emergency situation? What should you have prepared?
A-11 Tool steel is a very common high wear resistant tool steel. This grade achieves its wear resistance by forming vanadium carbides through the use of 10% vanadium content.
Toughness, wear resistance, hardness and corrosion resistance of many common mold steels including 420 ESR and 440C stainless steel are compared on thiis stainless and mold steel comparison chart.
Continue reading "Stainless and Mold Steel Comparison Chart"
Stress relieving tool steel plays a very important role. It reduces the stress in the tool that causes dimensional instability during the hardening process. See how this process works.
This is the conventional cold work tool steel comparison chart comparing O-1, L-6, S-7, H-13, A-2 and D-2
Annealing is required when the tool steel needs to be restored to its' original soft condition.to facilitate further machining or hot working.
Z-Wear PM grade of cold work tool steel that offers a versatile combination of high value, high toughness and high hardness. Z-Wear PM is well suited for many form tool applications, including metal stamping, powder metal compaction and plastic injection molding
Is tool failure a problem for your operation? Many factors contribute to the production of a good tool.. Using the proper precautions can lead to higher productivity.
Some tool steels may benefit from a cryogenic treatment.This article details the cryogenic treatment of tool steel and the benefits.
What is residual stress? Find the definition here. An explanation of tool steel terminology is explained here.
Choosing the correct tool steel for your application will lead to successful production, less downtime and increased tool performance.
How important is preheating of tool steel? Do you want straight tools? Consistent and even results? See the benefits of preheating in this article.
The Complete Heat Treating Cycle for Tool Steel
What makes tool steel different from most other steel? How do the alloying elements affect tool steel? The answers are here.
Learn about the powder compaction process, properties, characteristics and tool steels used.in the PM industry. The PM industry is very diverse, serving nearly every consumer market.
PM M-4 high speed steel data sheet with heat treating instructions
Toughness, wear resistance and red hardness are inherent properties of tool steel. Hardness is another property that is developed during the heat treating process.
Compare the wear resistance, hardness, toughness, red hardness and corrosion resistance of similar tool steel grades.
Proper heat treating of your tooling is critical. This article covers the proper heat treating method for conventional tool steels, such as A-2, D-2, S-7 and H-13, to assure their best performance.
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Welding of tool steel is sometimes a necessary practice. This article is an explanation of the procedure and precautions that should be taken and equipment used when welding tool steel.
This is the page dedicated to tool steel properties and selection
Machining tool steel is the process of shaping the tool steel into a useable form. Learn about the process here or add your knowledge to teach others.
An explanation of the hardening, or austenizing of tool steel. This is the stage of the heat treating process when the transformation of the structure takes place.
The EDM process is used in many toolmaking industries to aid in the production of intircate tooling. Read about the EDM process and the necessary precautions for tool steel.
Tool steel wear resistance and hardness combine to provide longevity to the life of a tool. Do your tools wear out due to abrasion or adhesion? Find out how to tell the difference.
Improper or insufficient tempering of tool steel may lead to problems during use. Discover the importance of proper tempering and ways to reduce breakage.
D-2 is a standard tool steel in many manufacturing industries and custom knife making. D-2 tool steel provides high hardness and wear resistance for reliability.
Chipping and cracking are two common problems that occur from the use of improper grinding practices. Severe tool steel damage may occur during the grinding operation
Tool and die makers are a specialized group of manufacturers that produce tooling components for other industries. Tool steel is the center of the tool and die industry.
With so many tool steel grades available, how do you chose the correct tool steel grade for your application and what tool steel properties are required for your tool to be successful?
New CPM S35VN stainless steel data sheet highlights the edge retention and toughness of this knife steel. CPM S35VN is a tougher version of CPM S30V, due to the addition of niobium.
M390/CPM 20CV Stainless steel is a PM stainless grade that offers excellent corrosion resistance and good wear resistance through the use of high chromium and vanadium.
Continue reading "M390 / CPM 20CV Stainless Steel Data Sheet"
Tool steel forms nearly everything in your life. Tool steel is a special type of steel used in the production of tooling for many industrial processes.
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HSS tool bits are available in a variety of sizes and are used for many machining operations such as milling, boring and turning. M-2 and PM T-15 are very durable grades for these operations.
Holiday gift giving just go a whole lot easier. STS Knife Store has some excellent buys on high-end knives. These knives and tools are catagorized by the blade steel to make selection simple.
Are knives one of your passions? We have published an ebook titled "Knife Steel Simplified" that will aid you in understanding knife steel, its' properties, heat treatment and also provide knife grinding tips to ensure that your custom made knives are of the best quality. You can find our downloadable book on our website or on our newsfeed. Tell your friends.
Speed up your tooling production cycle. Cut your tool production time in half. When quick turnaround of a tooling component is required, grab an EDM blank and complete the tool quickly.
S-7 is an air hardening tool steel, formulated for high impact resistance at relatively high hardness. It offers toughness to withstand chipping and breaking up to RC 59.
Does your operation generate heat? PM T-15 high speed steel may solve your tooling issues caused by high speeds and friction.
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Simply Tool Steel is the premier online source for Z-Wear PM, CPM 3V and CPM S35VN knife steel.
4140 is not a tool steel, but it is an alloy steel that is commonly used in conjunction with tool steels as structural components.