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Tool Steel
 

TOOL STEEL

Buying steel can be confusing. Most of the time, our customers know which form (Bar, Plate, Tube, Sheet, Channel, etc.) of steel they need but not always which type. While it is pretty easy to tell the difference between Stainless and Tool Steel, it can be a little harder to differentiate between Cold Finished and Hot Rolled.

WHAT IS TOOL STEEL?

This term refers to a generic category of carbon and alloy steels that possess the necessary qualities for tool making. With a deliberately low manganese content to prevent cracking during water quenching, tool steel usually has a carbon content between 0.7% and 1.4%. Since the tools derived from this metal will often be placed under high levels of stress, it must be manufactured under carefully controlled conditions, so that the resulting alloys can resist that stress. This group of alloys is noted for its resistance to abrasion warping at high temperatures, a comparatively high level of hardness, and an ability to hold a keen cutting edge.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND ABOUT TOOL STEEL

  • This group of alloys is used for processes such as: Blanking, Stamping, Slitting, Embossing, Drawing, and Injection molding, but it is not limited to these particular areas. As with most metals, the type of alloy to be used for a project is largely dependent on the desired outcome. Higher carbon grades are usually used for processes such as metal cutting tools, stamping dies, etc., while the lower carbon grades are typically used for processes that require high levels of toughness, such as jackhammer bits.
  • There are a variety of shock resisting grades, hot-working grades, high speed grades, special purpose grades; these metals can also be graded by whether the metal was air cooled, water cooled, or a combination of oil and air cooling. With so many different grades of so many different types of alloys, finding the right metal for your project can quickly get confusing without an AISI SAE guide to get you started.
We hope that this section has been informative. boone steel LLC carries all of the standard forms and sizes of most metal products. Please visit metalsforasteel.com to see our Tool Steel Inventory. If you are looking for a particular piece of metal that you haven't been able to find anywhere, please email us and one of our metal specialists will get right back to you.
 

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WELCOME TO BOONE STEEL LLC

Since 1977, boone steel LLC has been Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's dependable metal supplier for large and small quantity metal purchases and services. Our extensive selection of industrial metals include: hot rolled, cold finished, tool steel, brass, aluminum and more. We offer a full line of metal fabrication and cutting services, including: punching, shearing, section and angle cutting, notching, shearing and burning. We will deliver all orders quickly within a 100 mile radius of our facility in Walton, Kentucky for a nominal cost.

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boone steel LLC can work with you to help you find the right metal forms for any of your projects. Not only do we offer a large inventory of forms ranging from brass bars to drill rods, but our metal experts can also provide you with a wide range of options for metal working and shaping services.

    

Cutting   CUTTING

Braking   BRAKING

Shearing   SHEARING

Welding   WELDING

Drilling/Punching   DRILLING/PUNCH

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Location   12091 Chandler Drive Walton, KY 41094

Phone   P: 859-493-0111 / F: 859-493-0777

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