Tool steel is a general term used for special steels that are used to shape, form, blank, and cut other materials to adapt them for particular commercial uses.
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|A-2||Air-hardening steel. Replaces O-1 when safer hardening, better dimensional stability, and increased wear-resistance are required. Most widely used in the A series.|
|D-2||High carbon. High Chrome. Ideal grade for maximum production runs. Superior machinability. Excellent wear-resistance, high compressive strength, and deep hardening properties. Most widely used in the D series.|
|O-1||Oil Hardening. Easy to machine. Good abrasion resistance. Most widely used in O series.|
|S-7||Shock resistant tool steel. Used in applications that require high toughness and resistance. Used for moderately elevated temperature service.|
|M-2||General purpose high speed steel. Most widely used in the M series.|
|W-1||Water hardening tool steel. Water quenched to achieve desired hardness. Most widely used in W series.|
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