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Tool Steel Service Centers

IQS Directory provides an extensive list of tool steel manufacturers and suppliers. Utilize our website to review and source tool steel manufacturers with our easy-to-use features which allow you to locate tool steel companies that will design and engineer tool steel for your exact specifications. Our request for quote forms make it easy to connect with leading tool steel companies. View company profiles, website links, locations, phone number, product videos, customer reviews, product specific news articles and other production information. We are a leading manufacturer directory who will connect you with the right company whether you are looking for tool steel knives, tool steel suppliers, or galvanized tool steel.

  • Skokie, IL

    Block Steel is a family-owned distributor of precision machined products, including tool steel that cuts no corners on superior quality. Additionally, Block Steel employs only the best, most technologically advanced equipment available to ensure its customer’s satisfaction, including their multi-roll shape correction levelers which improves flatness & minimizes burr.

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  • Tampa, FL

    McNICHOLS&reg is a steel service center providing Perforated Metal, Expanded Metal, Wire Mesh and other Decorative Metals, as well as a full line of Grating and Flooring Products. We offer custom solutions and our engineers are willing to work with you. If you have any questions please give one of our representatives a call today!

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  • Perry, OH

    For ISO 9001 certified quality & family-owned customer service, come to Mid-West Materials. As an awarded steel service center, we offer the highest quality hot & cold rolled steel, steel plate, structural steel, carbon & coated steel with slitting, shearing & bar coding services. Fast delivery!

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  • Troy, MI

    Winter Inventory '08, in stock. C 1060, AISI 4150 & 6150, Tool Steels in O-1, A-2, D-2, S-7, M-2, M-4 & H-13. Dura-Bar Continuous Cast Iron. Low Carbon Steel. Order now for just-in-time delivery. Call Toll Free, 866-678-3350. Peerless Steel, it's not just our name — it's our reputation!

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  • Endicott, NY

    In operation since 1946, EMT Metals has many capabilities, including sheet metal fabrication, metal stamping, and CNC machining. Our updated facility allows us to produce tight tolerance metal stampings in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. Our precision products can be made from aluminum, stainless steel, brass, CSR and more.

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  • Mississauga, ON

    Russel Metals is a leading distributor of metals and processing companies in North America. One segment includes metal service centers where steel plates, steel tubing, structural steel, etc. is supplied. Our competitive prices, quality products and timeliness make us your number one metal source.

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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. 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.

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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