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Jun 18, 2018

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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Jun 15, 2018

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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Jun 14, 2018

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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Jun 13, 2018

Tempering of Tool Steel

Improper or insufficient tempering of tool steel may lead to problems during use. Discover the importance of proper tempering and ways to reduce breakage.

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Jun 11, 2018

Austenizing of Tool Steel

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.

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Jun 06, 2018

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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Jun 05, 2018

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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Jun 01, 2018

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 30, 2018

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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May 29, 2018


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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May 25, 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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May 24, 2018

Tool Steel Knives

Knives are crafted from vaious grades of tool steel. These high-quality knives are custom made from tool steel and stainless steel.

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May 22, 2018

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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May 21, 2018

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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May 18, 2018

Tool Steel Properties

This is the page dedicated to tool steel properties and selection

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May 17, 2018

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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May 16, 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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May 14, 2018

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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May 11, 2018

Tool Steel Wear Resistance

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.

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May 10, 2018

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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May 08, 2018

Tool Steel Terminology

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

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May 07, 2018

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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May 01, 2018

Case Study #7: Wood Shaper

A wood shaping knife is used to profile the handles of gardening tools, balusters and cabinet trim. See how to solve premature wear of the cutting edge.

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Apr 30, 2018

Powder Metal Compaction Case Study 6

This is a case study involving a powder metal compaction punch with chronic deformation of the face detail. Read how the problem has been resolved.

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Apr 25, 2018

Powder Metal Compaction Case Study 5

Powder metal compaction forces can cause premature die failure. See how PM M-48 may solve the problem

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Apr 23, 2018

Case Study #4: Ceramic Compaction Die

A ceramic compaction die that wears out prematurely is evaluated for failure. See how the problem was solved and the new performance results.

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Apr 12, 2018

Etching A Knife Blade

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

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Apr 11, 2018

Case Study #3: Bark-peeling Cutter

This is a case study that involves the use of a bark-peeling cutter on cherry logs in the timber industry. See how D-2 provided a solution to this problem.

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Apr 10, 2018

Case Study #2: Metal Stamping Punch

Our gift to you. Case studies provide "real world" results of tool steel used in manufacturing operations.Here is a case study that involves a metal stamping punch for stamping of zinc sheet.

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Apr 09, 2018

Case Study #1: Slitter knife

A case study involving a fiberglass slitter knife that wears out prematurely

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Apr 05, 2018

Careers in Tool Steel

Careers in tool steel encompass many professions. If you are still looking for a job, you may want to check out these career options.

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Apr 04, 2018

Calculating weight of tool steel

Learn how to properly calculate the weight of tool steel. These easy formulas for calculating the weight are very useful for engineers, machinist and buyers of tool steel

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Apr 03, 2018

Buy M-2 Tool Bits

M-2 tool bits are used for machining operations when heavy or interrupted cuts are required. They are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.

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Apr 02, 2018

Bar Finishes for Tool Steel

Tool steel bars are available with many different bar finishes. Check out the types available and the reason for these finishes.

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Mar 29, 2018

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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Mar 26, 2018

420HC Stainless Steel Data Sheet

A 420HC Stainless steel data sheet for the popular knife grade. 420 HC is a commonly used stainless steel grade that is used in the commercial knife industry. 420HC takes a very sharp cutting edge.

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Mar 23, 2018

Tariffs affect tool steel pricing

Tariffs have gone into affect for steel and aluminum entering the United States. The tariffs amount to 25 percent on steel and 15 percent on aluminum.

This may be good news for some US steel producers, however, it may not affect the tool steel market in the same positive manner.

Most of the US steel mills are not capable of producing tool steel for a number of reasons, including size of the mill, quality of the aging equipment, or an interest in either higher volume steel grades or higher market prices for other steel materials that they produce.

It is not likely that any of the US steel mills are going to jump into the production of tool steel in the near future. With aerospace materials dominating the production schedules at the US steel mills and the boom in the construction industry, tool steel is likely to get overlooked by any of the few mills that are capable of producing it.

Tool steel is likely to remain a commodity that is imported from the EU, China or India for quite some time and the cost of tool steel will rise 25 percent as has already been seen throughout the market.

Mar 22, 2018

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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Mar 21, 2018

Z-Wear PM Tool Steel Data Sheet

This is a 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.

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Mar 20, 2018

110 Copper

110 Copper is used as pre-cut blanks for your EDM process. When you buy 110 copper for your EDM electrodes, you save time and money.

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Mar 16, 2018

Tool Steel Simplified Book

"Tool Steel Simplified" provides 226 pages of valuable tool steel information providing you with the resources necessary to produce high-quality tooling.

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Feb 01, 2018

PM Tool Steel Production

Discover how the PM tool steel production process differs from conventional tool steel production. Explore the advantages of the PM process including increased toughness and alloy content.

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Jan 22, 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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Jan 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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Jan 18, 2018

EDM Tips for Tool Steel

These 10 tips for EDM machining of tool steel may help to produce the highest quality tooling. Tool steels are exposure to extreme heat during the EDM process and require some precautions.

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Jan 16, 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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Jan 15, 2018

Advertise on simplytoolsteel

With these new website rollouts taking place, now is the time to get your company ad in front of our visitors. Get your advertisement displayed today and begin generating more revenue.

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Jan 12, 2018

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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Jan 10, 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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