What is quenching?

Quenching is one of the most popular heat treatment methods for changing the properties of steel. When a toolmaker desires to increase the hardness, toughness, or strength of the steel due to the finished product’s environment, quenching is essential to perform. What is quenching? Well, a quick answer would be that steel is heated to its … Continued

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Oil hardening steel

Overview Oil hardening steel refers to steel that must be quenched by oil. Typically, this is the cold-work group of steels, including the O family of tool steels such as O1 and O2. Pure steel often comes in a supply that is too soft for application. Therefore, quenching is the process needed to harden steel … Continued

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Tool steel application chart

Tool Application Tool Requirements Tool Steel Choices Arbors Less likely to crack O1 Battering tools Good hardenability, shock resistance S1 Bending dies High hardness O1 Blanking Toughness, wear resistance M2 Blanking coining Toughness, wear resistance M2 Burnishing tools High hardness, wear resistance D2 Cams High stress and endurance O1 Chipper knives Minimum cracking, toughness A8 … Continued

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AISI 01 Ground Flat Stock

AISI 01 Ground Flat Stock is an oil hardening, low distortion, precision ground high integrity cold work tool steel widely used to manufacture numerous types of industrial tooling. The main characteristics and properties of the material are: High as-quenched hardness Low dimensional movement or distortion after hardening Hardens from a relatively low hardening temperature Good … Continued

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Knife Making Steel

Critical Properties of Knife Making Steel Whether you have taken up knife making as a hobby or seeking a top-quality blade, you must ensure that your knife is well-built so that it performs well. Many critical properties of the blade will determine whether your knife will fracture or dull. It is essential to choose the … Continued

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Elements of steel

The elements in steel change depending on the individual requirements and use. However, here is an A to Z list of elements. Element Description Aluminium (Al) Aluminium holds atomic number 13 and the symbol AI. During the steelmaking process, aluminium is widely added as a deoxidizer to remove oxygen. Furthermore, when used in reheated steels, … Continued

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Tool Steel Grades and Comparison

What Is Tool Steel? Tool Steel is widely used across the world by a range of toolmakers, engineers and pattern makers. Tool steel is not one particular steel, as it refers to a range of carbon alloy steels. The different grades are popular due to their unique hardness, resistance to abrasion and, more importantly, the … Continued

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What is high-speed steel?

High-speed steel is a material used in the manufacturing industry to make cutting tools. The material is “heavily alloyed and ferrous”. What does that mean? Essentially, the steel is created from several other metals and contains a large amount of iron. There’s also a clue in the name; surprisingly, high-speed steels can cut materials at high … Continued

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Your personal safety has never been more of a concern. PPE or Personal Protective Equipment is crucial to ensure the protection and safety of individuals. Sheffield Gauge Plate are proud to supply a range of different PPE and Sanitisation Stations. Our range of PPE includes hand sanitizers, stations and face visors. If you require any … Continued

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UK Leader in Tool Steels

Our vast experience in this market stretches back decades and helps us lead the way in the UK. Tool steels are notable for their hardness, resistance to abrasion and deformation. They can retain a cutting edge at very high temperatures which is why they are often used in the shaping of other materials through cutting, pressing, coining or … Continued

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