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Oct 18, 2017

Preheating of Tool Steel

How important is preheating of tool steel? Do you want straight tools? Consistent and even results? See the benefits of preheating in this article.

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Oct 17, 2017

Powder Metal Compaction

Learn about the powder compaction process, properties, characteristics and tool steels the PM industry. The PM industry is very diverse, serving nearly every consumer market.

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Oct 16, 2017

PM Tool Steel Comparison Chart

A comparison chart is one of the tools available to the tooling manager. This PM tool steel comparison chart compares some of the common PM tool steel grades.

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Oct 13, 2017

PM M-48 High Speed Steel Data Sheet

PM M-48 is a super high speed steel hardenable to RC 68. PM M-48 provides excellent wear resistance combined with excellent heat resistance. Can PM M-48 help solve your tooling issues?

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Oct 12, 2017

PM 420 Stainless Steel Data Sheet

PM 420 stainless steel is a modified version of 420 SS. PM 420 provides much greater wear resistance and good corrosion resistance.

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Oct 03, 2017

O-1 Oil Hardening Tool Steel

O-1 is widely used in production parts and tooling fixtures, jigs, slides and pins. O-1 is easily hardened and readily available in flat ground stock and drill rod.

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Oct 02, 2017


Metallurgy is the study of the chemical and physical behavior of metals and their alloys. A metallurgist develops tool steels for use in the manufacturing industry.

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Sep 29, 2017

Metal Stamping

Metal stamping is the process of shaping metal coil or sheet into finished parts through the use of a tool set. These tool sets are manufactured from tool steel and hardened for strength.

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Sep 28, 2017

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineering is the profession that develops machines and mechanical systems. There are excellent opportunities for mechanical engineers with the resurgence of manufacturing in America.

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Sep 27, 2017

Max Axe Multi-Purpose Tool

The Max Axe Multi-Purpose Tool is a very versatile tool consisting of an axe, shovel, hoe, rake and various picks for outdoor survival use.

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Sep 26, 2017

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 25, 2017

L-6 Tool Steel Data Sheet

L-6 is a tough, high-strength tool steel suitable for general purpose applications. It can be hardened to RC 63. L-6 is in limited production.

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Sep 22, 2017

Knife Steel Introduction

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?

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Sep 21, 2017

Knife Steel Comparison Chart

This comparison chart compares the toughness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance of CPM S30V, CPM S90V, 154 CM, 440C and D-2 knife steels.

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Sep 20, 2017

Heat Treating of Tool Steel

The Complete Heat Treating Cycle

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Sep 19, 2017

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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Sep 18, 2017

H-13 Tool Steel Data Sheet

H-13 tool steel data sheet with heat treating instructions

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Sep 15, 2017

H-13 ESR Mold Steel Data Sheet

H-13 ESR is a premium version of H-13, melted using the electroslag remelt process to provide better transverse toughness and microcleanliness.

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Sep 14, 2017

Etching A Knife Blade

No need for expensive etching equipment. We have a simple solution for etching a knife blade.

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Sep 13, 2017

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 12, 2017

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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Sep 11, 2017

D-2 Tool Steel Data Sheet

D-2 is one of the most widely used tool steel. D-2 is a standard tool steel in many manufacturing industries and custom knife making.

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Sep 08, 2017

CPM S90V Stainless Steel Data Sheet

CPM S90V is a high wear resistance stainless steel grade suitable for many corrosive tooling applications.

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Sep 07, 2017

CPM 3V Tool Steel Data Sheet

CPM 3V provides good wear resistance and toughness in the HRC 58-60 range.

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Sep 06, 2017

CPM 1V Tool Steel Data Sheet

CPM 1V is a very tough hot work tool steel. This grade is a medium hardeneing tool steel designed for for applications requiring very good toughness with good wear resistance.

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Sep 05, 2017

CPM 15V Tool Steel Data Sheet

CPM 15V is the same chemical composition as A-11 PM with added carbon and vanadium to provide better wear resistance while sacrificing some toughness.

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Sep 01, 2017

Tool Steel Properties

This is the page dedicated to tool steel properties and selection

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Aug 31, 2017

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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Aug 30, 2017

STS Knife Steel Store

Simply Tool Steel offers a selection of some of the finest tool steels and stainless steels available to the knifemaker. We are currently offering Z-Wear PM, CPM 3V and CPM S35VN sheet.

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Aug 28, 2017

PM Tool Steel Heat Treating Cycle

PM tool steel heat treats differently than conventional tool steel. The time at the high temperature is much shorter. This diagram depicts the differences in the PM tool steel heat treating cycle.

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Aug 25, 2017

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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Aug 23, 2017

Tool Steel Cutting Speeds

Optimize your tool steel cutting process. Use this chart to determine the proper cutting speeds to use.

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Aug 22, 2017

Temperature Color Guide

This is a temperature color guide indicating the appoximate temperature of steel when heated

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Aug 21, 2017

Case Study #8: Plastic Injection Molding Pins

A case study involving the failure of H-13 pins inserted into a plastic mold and the solution undertaken to solve the problem.

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Aug 18, 2017

CPM 154 Stainless Steel Data Sheet

CPM 154 is a PM version of the popular 154 CM stainless knife steel. The chemical composition is the same, however, the toughness and grindability has been improved.

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Aug 17, 2017

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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Aug 16, 2017


Many manufacturing industries employ the use of tool steel in their process. Discover these industries, their manufacturing process and the tool steel grades that are used to produce the products.

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Aug 15, 2017

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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Aug 14, 2017

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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Aug 11, 2017

CNC Machinist

A CNC machinist brings life to a piece of tool steel. They are responsible for giving shape to the tool. See how they achieve this through the use of technology.

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Aug 09, 2017

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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Aug 08, 2017

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 04, 2017

STS Knife Steel Store CPM 3V

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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Aug 03, 2017

Tool Steel Terminology

What is residual stress? Find the definition here. An explanation of tool steel terminology is explained here.

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Aug 02, 2017

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 01, 2017

Mulit-purpose Tools

Multi-ppurpose tools are available in a wide variety of sizes, configurations and uses for survival, rescue and camping. Quality tool steel is used in these tools for the cutting edges.

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Jul 31, 2017

Annealing of Tool Steel

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

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Jul 28, 2017

Welding of Tool Steel

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.

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Jul 27, 2017

Tool and Die

The tool and die industry is a specialized group of manufacturers that produce tooling components for other industries. Tool steel is the center of the tool and die industry.

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