What is tool steel?

  • (noun): Alloy steel that is suitable for making tools; is hard a tough and can retain a cutting edge.

Tool Steel

Tool steel refers to a variety of carbon and alloy steels that are particularly well-suited to be made into tools. Their suitability comes from their distinctive hardness, resistance to abrasion, their ability to hold a cutting edge, and/or their resistance to deformation at elevated temperatures (red-hardness). Tool steel is generally used in a heat-treated state. Many high carbon tool steels are also more resistant to corrosion due to their higher ratios of elements such as vanadium and niobium.

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Tool Steel - Comparison
... AISI-SAE tool steel grades Defining property AISI-SAE grade Significant characteristics Water-hardening W Cold-working O Oil-hardening A Air-hardening medium alloy D High carbon ...
Bar Stock - Ground Flat Stock
... Ground flat stock is annealed steel that has been ground to close tolerances (compare to drill rod) ... There are four types of materials available O-1 tool steel, A-2 tool steel, A-6 tool steel, and 1018 steel (low-carbon or low-carb steel) ...

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