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Aug 17, 2018

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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Aug 14, 2018


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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Aug 13, 2018

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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Aug 07, 2018

Tool Steel Tensile Strength

The tensile strength of tool steel is directly related to the hardness of tool steel. This chart shows the approximate tensile strength of tool steel at vaious hardnesses.

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Aug 06, 2018

PM T-15 Tool Bits

PM T-15 tool bits are used for machining of hard materials. They are able to withstand the high heat generated by the frinction of the machining operation.

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Aug 02, 2018

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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Jul 31, 2018

Heat Treating Introduction

An understanding of the definition of heat treating and its' affect on the properties of tool steel is explained here.

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Jul 30, 2018

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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Jul 26, 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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Jul 25, 2018

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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Jul 23, 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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Jul 20, 2018

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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Jul 19, 2018

H-13 Tool Steel Data Sheet

H-13 tool steel data sheet with heat treating instructions

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Jul 18, 2018

CNC Machines for Tool Steel Machining

CNC Machines are used extensively in the tooling industry to turn tool steel into tooling components. CNC Machining centers, lathes and mills are common tool room equipment.

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Jul 17, 2018

Why do we heat treat tool steel?

Let's do some tool steel heat treating.

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Jul 13, 2018

CPM 3V Tool Steel Data Sheet

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

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Jul 12, 2018

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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Jul 10, 2018

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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Jul 09, 2018

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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Jul 03, 2018

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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Jul 02, 2018

CPM S30V Stainless Steel Data Sheet

CPM S30V is a high-chromium stainless steel that is suitable for many specialty cutlery applications

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Jun 29, 2018

M-4 High Speed Steel Data Sheet

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

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Jun 28, 2018

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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Jun 26, 2018

Project Manager/Tooling Manager

Proper management of your company is critical. A project manager is responsible for an entire product line. The tooling manager is responsible for all of the tooling components used within a company.

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Jun 25, 2018

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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Jun 22, 2018

Heat Treating of Tool Steel

The Complete Heat Treating Cycle

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Jun 20, 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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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 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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