Choosing the Right Material for Your Industrial Knives

We can use different steels to manufacture industrial knives for our customers, but choosing the right one is important for an accurate and consistent cut every time.   The materials are chosen based upon application of your blade.  Below is a recap of some of the materials that can be used along with the benefits of each.  These are some of the carbon-based materials that we use, but there are others not listed here along with stainless steel options, too.

Carbon-Based Materials:

1075/1095 Spring Steel:  Affordable and readily available in thin gauges, suitable for many applications. Rockwell Hardness 42-52

8670  Carbon Alloy:  Durable solution for many applications where a higher Rockwell Hardness than spring Steel is required.  Also, is an option for thicker gauges. Rockwell Hardness R/c 52=56

D-2  Tool Steel:  a carbon alloy steel that is particularly well-suited for higher hardness R/c 58-60 and resistance to abrasion, the ability to hold a cutting edge.   Tool steel is generally used in a heat-treated state.  D-2 is also more resistant to corrosion due to the higher ratios of elements such Chromium and vanadium.

M-2 HSS High Speed Steel: Higher Abrasion resistance due to percentage of Tungsten and Vanadium elements.  Can be Hardened to over R/c 60.

CPM10-V:  CPM 10V powder metal tool steel is a versatile tool and die steel which provides extremely high wear resistance in combination with relatively high impact toughness. A large volume of hard vanadium carbides provides the high wear resistance. The good impact toughness is the result of the fine grain size, small carbides, and superior cleanliness of the powder metallurgy (PM) microstructure. CPM 10V offers substantially better wear resistance than the high-carbon, high-chromium die steel like as D2 . Typically Hardened to R/c 62-64. CPM10v

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