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We stock and can supply many different types of Tool steel.

 

We have No minimum or order quantity required, which is great for Model Makers and Engineers alike. Buying what you need when you need it can save you time and hassle.

 

If you can’t see what you’re looking for on our website, please don’t hesitate to contact your local branch and our friendly knowledgeable sales team will be more than happy to help you, or of course, if you are passing please feel free to pop in and have a look at what we do.

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We stock and can supply many different types of Tool steel.

 

We have No minimum or order quantity required, which is great for Model Makers and Engineers alike. Buying what you need when you need it can save you time and hassle.

 

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Tool Steel

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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 and deformation, and their ability to hold a cutting edge at elevated temperatures. As a result, tool steels are suited for use in the shaping of other materials.

We carry tool steels in the following sections

Round

Block

Flat

All of these can be cut to your specific requirements, with no minimum order quantity, you only buy what you need.

We are able to quote on various specifications, including but not limited to those listed below.

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D2

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D2 is very wear resistant but not as tough as lower alloyed steels. The mechanical properties of D2 are very sensitive to heat treatment. It is widely used for the production of shear blades, planer blades and industrial cutting tools; sometimes used for knife blades.

Available sections:

Round

Block (cut 6 sides)

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%
C 1.5
Mn 0.45
Cr 11-13
P 0.030
S 0.030
V 1.0
Mo 0.9
Si 0.30

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H13

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H13 is widely used in various places in both cold and hot working. In hot work processing H13 shear knives and dummy block extrusion can be used. In cold work process this steel is used for punchingheading and inserting of die blocks. H13 is a high hot-wear resistance and great strength, warm conductivity air hardening and invulnerability to hot cracking. It has a great resistance to abrasion at each low and high temperature due to the presence of high vanadium. The high level of toughness and ductility made it a useful material for die casting in the cold heading field.

Available sections:

Round

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%
C 0.39
Si 1.00
Cr 5.40
Mo 1.35
V 1.00

Alternative Specifications:

DIN 1.2344

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M2

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M2 is the “standard” and most widely used industrial HSS. It replaced T1 Tungsten steel. It has small and evenly distributed carbides giving high wear resistance, though its decarburization sensitivity is a little bit high. After heat treatment, its hardness is the same as T1, but its bending strength can reach 4700 MPa, and its toughness and thermo-plasticity are higher than T1 by 50%. It is usually used to manufacture a variety of tools, such as drill bits, taps and reamers. 

Available sections:

Round

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%
C 0.85
Cr 4.0
Mo 5.0
W 6.0
V 2.0

Alternative Specifications:

1.3343

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M42

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M42 is a molybdenum-series high-speed steel alloy with an additional 8% or 10% cobalt. It is widely used in metal manufacturing industries because of its superior red-hardness as compared to more conventional high-speed steels, allowing for shorter cycle times in production environments due to higher cutting speeds or from the increase in time between tool changes. M42 is also less prone to chipping when used for interrupted cuts and costs less when compared to the same tool made of carbide. Tools made from cobalt-bearing high speed steels can often be identified by the letters HSS-Co.

Available sections:

Round

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%
C 1.10
Cr 3.75
Mo 9.5
W 1.5
V 1.15
Co 8.0

Alternative Specifications:

HSS-Co

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O1

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O1 is an oil-hardening tool steel. It is used to cut or form materials that are at low temperatures. It posseses high hardenability and wear resistance, average toughness and heat softening resistance.

It’s used in production of larger parts or parts that require minimal distortion during hardening. The use of oil quenching and air-hardening helps reduce distortion, avoiding the higher stresses caused by the quicker water quenching.

More alloying elements are used in oil hardening steels, as compared to the water-hardening class. These alloys increase the steels’ hardenability, and thus require a less severe quenching process and as a result are less likely to crack. They have high surface hardness and are often used to make knife blades. 

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%
C 0.90
Mn 1.0-1.4
Cr 0.50
W 0.50
Si 0.30
V 0.20

Alternative Specifications:

Arne

SKS3

1.2510

100MnCrW4

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P20

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P20 is an allow tool steel which offers good machineability even in the hardened and tempered condition (Brinell 300).

It requires no further heat treatment therefore avoiding the risk of distortion or cracking. It can be machined to a good polished finish even from its pre-hardened condition.

P20 tool steels are used for low temperature applications that include injection molds and die casting dies.

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%
C 0.40
Mn 1.00
Mo 0.35
Si 0.40
Cr 1.20

Alternative Specifications:

P20S (higher sulphur)

P20N / 1.2738 (Improved hardenablility)

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