Heat Treating of Tool Steels – Hardness

Tools Steels – Hardness
The next topic to discuss is rockwell hardness. Hardness is the resistance of metal to plastic deformation usually by indentation. Indentation is usually measured by various hardness tests, such as brinell, rockwell, […]

Heat Treating of Tool Steels – Tempering

Tempering Tool Steel
The 7th process to discuss is tempering.  Tempering is key in developing the final properties of the steel and, in the sequence of the heat treat cycle, is extremely important to perform immediately […]

Heat Treating of Tool Steels – Quenching

Quenching
The 3rd term to be discussed is quenching and the desired outcome from this process.

The quenching operation is extremely important in setting up the proper microstructure of the steel.  There are many mediums that can […]

Heat Treating of Tool Steels – Hardening

The 2nd term to discuss is the hardening process and what transformation the steel goes through during the hardening process.

Hardening (A specific heating and cooling process based on the chemistry of the material) is performed […]

Heat Treating of Tool Steels – ANNEALING

THE NEXT FIVE BLOG TITLES WILL DEAL WITH DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF HEAT TREATING TOOL STEEL.  THESE FIVE TOPICS WILL BE, IN ORDER: ANNEALING, HARDENING, QUENCHING, TEMPERING, AND HARDNESS RANGES/TESTING.
ANNEALING
ANNEALING IS AN ASPECT OF HEAT TREATMENT […]

Working With Your Heat Treater

Over the years we’ve learned of many success stories and even more failures with regard to the outcome of a heat treated tool or piece of steel.  The discussion following the failures is seldom calm […]

What Is Heat Treating?

What is heat treating?  Simply defined, it is the controlled heating and cooling of steel in order to enhance certain mechanical and physical properties.  We could go into a deep metallurgical explanation, but you would […]

What Are Tool Steels?

HISTORY OF TOOL STEEL

TOOL STEEL HISTORY DATES BACK MORE THAN 1,000 YEARS, BEGINNING IN CHINA, DAMASCUS, AND JAPAN WITH THE FORGING OF SWORDS UTILIZING LAYERS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF STEELS, COMMONLY KNOWN TODAY AS “DAMASCUS”. […]