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It is usually used within manufacturing contexts to produce hand tools, power tools, stamping dies, axes, pickaxes, injection molding machinery and other kinds of heavy equipment. Read More…

Tool Steel Tool steel is hard, abrasion resistant steel that has the ability to hold a cutting edge and has resistance to deformation at high temperatures.
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Skokie, IL  |  847-966-3000

Block Steel Corp, ISO/TS 16949 Certified, specializes in aluminized steel and is the country’s largest aluminized steel distributor. We also stock Aluminized Stainless, Hot Dipped Galvanized, and distribute tubing.

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Block Steel Corp. $$$

Bala Cynwyd, PA  |  800-355-0888

At Mainline Processing, we utilize our own facilities and equipment to meet our customers’ needs with an organized and growth-driven model. We stock large quantities of material in our inventory so that our customers can take advantage of purchasing opportunities where they can feel confident that they have the proper steel for the proper end use.

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Mainline Metals Inc. $$$

Birmingham, AL  |  800-462-2034

We are the nation’s largest family-owned metals service center. In business for 85 years, our steel service center is the source for all metal needs. Our structural steel includes many shapes such as steel tubing, along with cold rolled steel, tool steel, alloy steel, plate steel and carbon steel.

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O'Neal Steel, Inc. $$$

Grand Blanc, MI  |  888-273-8299

As a world-class source for steel products, King Steel Corporation supplies companies across North America with what they need to get the job done. For over 50 years, we have continued to invest a great amount of both time and capital into purchasing new equipment and streamlining our processes. We’ve worked diligently to develop and maintain a reputation in our industry that represents growth, professionalism, value, and prosperity for both our customers and suppliers.

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King Steel Corporation $$$

Houston, TX  |  800-749-4621

Cold Rolled Steel is a mill product made with a high degree of gauge accuracy and uniformity of physical characteristics. The smooth deoxidized matte finish gives an excellent base for paint, lacquer and enamel. Box annealing and absence of scale permit stamping and moderate drawing operations. Sheets bend flat on themselves without cracking. Our Cold Rolled sheet and coil conform to ASTM A1008.

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Curtis Steel Co., Ltd. $$$
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Tool steel is often used to build equipment that machines and cuts other types of metal. It is used in metal drawing, blanking, stamping, slitting, forming and embossing operations because of its hardness relative to the metal that it processes.

The American Iron and Steel Institute assigns tool steel grades that are used to determine tool steel's use. A tool steel's grade also identifies special characteristics of a given tool steel variety; such characteristics include chemical composition and reactivity. There are 11 tool steel grades, each of which is represented by a letter.

Grade A tool steel, for example, is used for cold working processes, while grade P tool steel is used for plastic molding. Every tool steel grade is characterized by high strength and moderate to high carbon content. In order to gain the desired hardness for metal processing, tool steel is carefully created during a precise alloying process.

Tool steel is produced in annealed condition, which means it is heated and formed into a desired shape and post-processed, which hardens the steel. There are many methods of producing tool steel. One common method is air hardening, in which case the steel, after annealing, is cooled and hardened by air.

Another very common hardening method is oil hardening, in which the steel is dipped in oil for hardening purposes. Water hardening is also common and involves dipping the hot steel into hot water, which causes the steel to become cool. There are three general classes of steel, each of which indicates appropriate applications and temperature resistance. The first is called cold work steel, which is used in environments with lower operating temperatures.

Hot work steel is exactly the same as cold work, but is used in operations when the metal becomes red-hot and pliable. Finally, high speed steel is able to maintain its properties in operating areas of more than 1,000°F. High speed steel is so named because it is used in drill bits and saw blades that are used to cut at very fast speeds; it can operate under these conditions because of its temperature resistance.

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