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  • Tool ApplicationTool RequirementsTool Steel Choices
    ArborsLess likely to crackO1
    Battering toolsGood hardenability, shock resistanceS1
    Bending diesHigh hardnessO1
    BlankingToughness, wear resistanceM2
    Blanking coiningToughness, wear resistanceM2
    Burnishing toolsHigh hardness, wear resistanceD2
    CamsHigh stress and enduranceO1
    Chipper knivesMinimum cracking, toughnessA8
    Chisel blacksmithsHot hardness, abrasion resistanceH11
    CoiningHigh hardness, wear resistanceD2
    Cold extrusionHigh hardness, wear resistanceH11
    Cold formingSurface finish, high hardnessO1
    Cold heading die insertsRed hardness, high hardenabilityH11
    Cold shear knivesHigh strength, toughnessO1 / D2
    Cold swagingHigh impact toughnessS7
    Cold trimmingHigh hardness M2
    ColletsHigh hardness, softer coreW1
    CutleryCorrosion resistance, toughnessD2
    Die bendingWear resistance, toughnessD2
    Die holdersPolished finish, less likely to crackP20S
    Embossing toolsWear resistance, toughnessD2
    File cuttingCorrosion resistance, easy to sharpen420
    Forming rollsHigh strength, toughnessO1 / D2
    GaugesWear resistance, toughnessD2
    General-purpose toolsHigh strength, toughnessO1 / D2
    Heavy-duty press toolsHot hardness, increased hardnessH11 / M42
    Hot shear bladesHot hardness, high toughnessH11
    JigsAccuracy and interchangeabilityO1 / D2
    KnivesToughness, corrosion resistance, wear resistanceO1 / CPM 3V / M42
    Knurling toolsHigh toughness, hardnessD2
    LaminationHigh hardness, wear resistanceA2
    Lathe centre knivesWear resistance, toughnessA2
    Machine knivesEdge retention, corrosion resistanceA2 / D2
    Medical equipmentCorrosion resistance420
    Mould toolsHigh hardnessP20S
    Paper knivesWear resistance, impact resistanceO1 / D2
    RailsWear resistance, resistance to fracture1084
    Rotary slittersLong wear life, high hardnessD2
    Scrap shear bladesLong wear life, high hardnessD2
    ShaftsHigh loading strengthO1
    StripsHigh hardnessP20S
    TapsHigh strengthO1 / M2
    Wire drawingHigh strengthO1
    Woodworking knivesWear resistance, deformation resistanceO1 / A2 / D2

    Ultimately, the tool steel you choose for your project will depend on a number of factors, so if you’re wondering how to choose the correct tool steel visit our detailed guide. Although we have recommended grades listed above in our tool steel application chart it does not necessarily mean that is the definitive choice for your application. There are many other options available, and we recommend calling our team on 0114 233 5291 to discuss further.