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Aug 13, 2020

Tool Steel Selection

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?

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Jun 01, 2020

CPM S35VN Stainless Steel Data Sheet

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.

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May 28, 2020

M390 / CPM 20CV Stainless Steel Data Sheet

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.

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May 22, 2020

What is Tool Steel

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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May 13, 2020

Advertise on simplytoolsteel

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Mar 13, 2020

High Speed Steel Tool Bits

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.

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Mar 09, 2020

Simply Tool Steel Home

Custom fabricated high-speed steel tool bits in PM M-48 and PM T-15

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Feb 26, 2020

Stainless and Mold Steel Comparison Chart

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.

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Feb 07, 2020

Annealing of Tool Steel

Annealing is required when the tool steel needs to be restored to its' original soft condition.to facilitate further machining or hot working.

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Feb 05, 2020

Stress Relieving of Tool Steel

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.

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Jan 31, 2020

Tool Steel Data Sheets

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

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Jan 30, 2020

A-11 Tool Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Jan 23, 2020

STS Knife Store

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.

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Jan 08, 2020

Steel Comparison Charts

Use comparison charts to compare the wear resistance, hardness, toughness, red hardness and corrosion resistance of similar tool steel grades.

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Jan 03, 2020

Today's Tool Steel Knife News

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.

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Jan 02, 2020

Tool Steel Simplified Book

"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.

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Jan 02, 2020

Knife Steel Simplified Book

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.

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Dec 18, 2019

Powder Metal Compaction

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.

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Dec 11, 2019

EDM Blanks

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.

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Dec 05, 2019

S-7 Tool Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Nov 26, 2019

Common Alloying Elements of Tool Steel

What makes tool steel different from most other steel? How do the alloying elements affect tool steel? The answers are here.

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Nov 25, 2019

Z-Wear PM Tool Steel Data Sheet

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

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Sep 09, 2019

Heat Treating of Tool Steel

The Complete Heat Treating Cycle

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Aug 16, 2019

T-15 High Speed Steel Data Sheet

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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Jun 27, 2019

Cold Work Tool Steel Comparison Chart

This is the conventional cold work tool steel comparison chart comparing O-1, L-6, S-7, H-13, A-2 and D-2

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Jun 26, 2019

Today's Steel News

Simply Tool Steel joins Today's Steel News

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Jun 12, 2019

M-4 High Speed Steel Data Sheet

PM M-4 high speed steel data sheet with heat treating instructions

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Apr 17, 2019

STS Knife Steel Store CPM S35VN

We have also added more sizes to our CPM S35VN stock, lowered the cost for you and are now including FREE shipping on orders over $250.00

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Mar 25, 2019

STS Knife Steel Store

Simply Tool Steel is the premier online source for Z-Wear PM, CPM 3V and CPM S35VN knife steel.

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Feb 12, 2019

4140 Alloy Steel Data Sheet

4140 is not a tool steel, but it is an alloy steel that is commonly used in conjunction with tool steels as structural components.

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Jan 28, 2019

A-2 Tool Steel Data Sheet

A-2 is a well balanced grade of tool steel, which has good wear resistance and very good toughness. It is also very stable in heat treating.

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Nov 14, 2018

STS Knife Steel Store CPM 3V

New sizes added. We have added more sizes of CPM 3V knife steel, cut the cost and are offering FREE shipping on our over $250.00

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Nov 14, 2018

STS Knife Steel Store - Z-Wear PM

We have added more sizes of Z-Wear PM sheet stock, reduced the cost and are offering FREE shipping on orders over $250.00

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Oct 29, 2018

CNC Machining of Tool Steel

CNC machining has become a leading force behind the manufacturing renaissance. CNC machining provides many benefits that enable the toolmaker to turn tool steel into a tooling component.

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Oct 11, 2018

Emergency Situation Bag

Emergencies occur when least expected. Are you prepared for a real life emergency situation? What should you have prepared?

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Sep 24, 2018

M-2 High Speed Steel Data Sheet

M-2 is a general purpose high-speed steel that is used for drills, reamers, drill blanks and pins.M-2 also provides wear resistance and hardness for cold work tooling applications.

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Sep 21, 2018

Avoiding Tool Failure

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.

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Sep 19, 2018

440C Stainless Steel

440C Stainless steel is a heat treatable stainless steel that has been designed for very good wear resistance with moderate corrosion resistance in mild environments.

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Sep 13, 2018

420 ESR Stainless Steel

420 ESR is an electroslag remelted version of 420 stainless steel. 420 ESR exhibits good corrosion resistance with excellent wear resistance for the plastic molding industry.

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Sep 12, 2018

Vinyl Extrusion

Vinyl extrusion is a manufacturing method that enables large quantities of products to be produced economically. PVC compound is pushed through a die to produce a part profile.

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Sep 10, 2018

Plastic Injection Molding

Plastic injection molding is used to produce 30% of the plastic products. This process involves the introduction of resin into a mold cavity.

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Sep 04, 2018

Tool Steel Supplier

Who do you depend on for your tool steel information? Who should you depend on for your tool steel supply? Discover the criteria necessary to make the correct choice.

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Aug 31, 2018

Machining Tool Steel

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.

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Aug 30, 2018

Rockwell Hardness Conversion Chart

Rockwell C-Scale is the standard scale on which tool steels are measured. Occasionally, the hardness is stated as Brinell hardness and must be converted to the Rockwell C-scale for comparison.

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Aug 27, 2018

Has A-11 PM replaced D-2 as the standard wear resistant tool steel?

A-11 PM has taken a leading role in many wear-resistant applications while D-2 has been the standard wear resistant tool steel since the 1970's. See how these two common grades compare.

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Aug 24, 2018

A-11 LV Tool Steel Data Sheet

A-11 LV tool steel data sheet with heat treating instructions

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Aug 23, 2018

Choosing the Correct Tool Steel

Choosing the correct tool steel for your application will lead to successful production, less downtime and increased tool performance.

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Aug 22, 2018

Tool Steel Case Studies

We have added a collection of tool steel case studies that examine various tool steels used, the problems encountered and the solutions that were used to solve the problems.

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Aug 20, 2018

EDM of Tool Steel

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.

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