Tool Steel Selection Guide

Industry Usage
Steel Recommended Selection
Arbors
O6, 01, A2, A6, A10
Bending Tools
A2, A6, S7
Blades
A2, A8, D2, DC53, M4pm
Blanking Dies
W1, O1,06, A2,D2, DC53,S7, M2, M3, M4PM, 10PM
Blanking Dies
O1, A2, A6, A8, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm
Blanking Punches
A2, D2, DC53,S7, M2, M4pm, 10pm
Bolt Clipper
S5, S7
Boring Tools
D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, 10pm, T15pm
Brake Dies
S5, S7, 4140-ht, D2, DC53, Toolox44
Broaches
D2, DC53, M2,M3, M4pm, M42, 10pm, T15pm
Burnishing Rolls
D2, DC53, M4pm, 10pm
Burnishing Tools
D2, DC53, M4pm, 10pm
Bushings
O6
Cams
A2, A6, D2, DC53
Cartridge Dies
W1, O1,06, A2,D2, DC53,S7
Center Drills
M2
Centers
L6, D2, DC53
Chasers
M2, DC53, M4pm, T15
Chisels
S5, S7, D2, M2, DC53
Circular Cutters
W1, O1, A2, D2, DC53, M2
Circular Form Tools
A2, D2, DC53,S7, M1, M2, M4pm, 10pm, T15
Coining Dies
A2, A6, D2, DC53, M4pm, 10pm
Cold Extrusion Punches
A2, A6, D2, DC53, M4pm, 10pm
Cold Heading Dies
D2, DC53
Cold Heading Inserts
A2, D2, DC53, M4pm, 10pm
Cold Heading Punches
A2, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, 10pm
Collets
S5, S7, 4140-ht, Toolox44
Counter Bores
M4pm, M42
Cut Off Blades
D2, DC53, M3, M2, M4pm, T15
Cut Off Tooling
D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, T15
Die Blocks
W1, O1, A2, D2, DC53,
Die Cast Dies
H13, DH2F, Toolox44
Draw Dies
O1, A2, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, 10pm
Drills
W1, O1, A2, M1, M2, M4pm
Dummy Blocks
H13, DH2F, Toolox44
Embossing
A2, D2, DC53, A6
End Mills (cutting)
M2, M4pm, M42m T15
Engraving Dies
A2, S7, L6, D2, DC53
Engraving Stamps
A2, S7, L6, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm
Feed Fingers
A2, A6, D2, DC53
Fixtures
NAK 55, 4140-ht, PX5, Toolox44, A2, D2, O1
Forging Dies
H13, DH2F, Toolox44, Viscount 44
Form Cutters
O1, A2, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, 10pm, M42
Forming Dies
O1, O6, S7, A8, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, 10pm
Forming Dies
O1, A2, A6, A8, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm
Forming Rolls
O1, O6, S7, D2, DC53, M1, M2, M4pm, 10pm
Forming Tools
D2, DC53, M2, M4pm
Gages
O1, A2, D2, DC53, 4140-ht, Nak55, PX5, Toolox44
Gear Cutters
M2, M4pm
Granulator Blades
A8, D2, DC53, M4pm
Hand Chisels
S5, S7
Header Die Inserts
A2, D2, DC53, M4pm, 10pm, T15
Header Dies
S7
Hobs
T15
Hot Extrusion Dies
H13, DH2F, Toolox44, Viscount 44
Hot Heading Die
S7, H13, DH2F, Toolox44
Hot Piercing Tools
H13, DH2F, Viscount 44
Hot Punches
H13, DH2F, Viscount 44
Hot Runner Bases
4140-ht, P20, Nak55, 420esr, 15-5PH
Hot Runner Drops
H13, DH2F
Indexable Tooling
4140-ht, Nak55
Jewelery Dies
S7, L6, D2, DC53, M4pm
Jigs
O1, O6, A2
Jigs
NAK 55, 4140-ht, PX5, Toolox44, A2, D2, O1
Keyway Cutters
M2, M4pm
Knock Out Pins
S5, S7, H13, M2
Knurling Tooling
A2, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, 10pm
Lamination Dies
O1, A2, D2, DC53, M2, 4140-ht
Lens Quality Plastic Molds
Nak80, 420esr
Machine Parts
O1, O6, 4140-ht, D2
Mandrels
A2, D2, DC53, M2, H13, 4140-ht
Master Hubs
A6, S7
Mill Rolls
D2, DC53
Mold Bases
4140-ht, 420esr
Notching Dies
A2, A6, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, 10pm
Paper Knives
A2, D2, DC53, M4pm
Perforating Dies
A2, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, 10pm
Piercing Die
A2, D2, DC53, M4pm, 10pm
Plastic Extruding Dies
4140-ht, S7, H13, Nak55, PX5, DH2F, 420esr
Plastic Injection Molds
S7, P20, H13, 420esr, Nak55, PX5, DH2F, Nak80, Toolox44, M4pm
Pneumatic Tools
S5, S7
Press Brake Rails
4140-ht, Toolox44
Press Dies
NAK 55, 4140-ht, PX5, Toolox44
Prototype Plastic Molds
P20, Nak55, PX5
Punches
O1, A2, S7, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, 10pm
Reamers
O1, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, M42, T15
Roll Threading Dies
A2, S7, D2, DC53, M1, M2, M4pm, 10pm, T15
Rolls
D2, DC53, 4140-ht
Router Bits
M2
Rubber Molds
4140-ht, P20, PX5, Toolox44
Screwdriver Bits
S1, S5
Shear Blades
S7, D2, DC53, H13, M4pm
Sheet Metal Punches
A2, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm
Shredder Knives
A2, D2, DC53, A8, M4pm
Slitters
D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, 10pm, A8
Spindles
O6, A6, D2, M2, 4140-ht*
Stripper Plate
Stripper plate steel (1025), A6
Swaging Dies
S7, A8, D2, DC53, H13, DH2F, Viscount 44
Trim Dies
O1, A2, A6, D2, DC53, M2, M4pm, 10pm
Twist Drills
M2, M4pm, M42,T15
Wire Extruding Dies
A2, D2, DC53, M4pm
Wire Forming Tooling
D2, DC53, S7, M4pm
Wood Cutting Tools
A2, D2, DC53, S7, M2, M4pm, 10pm
Zinc Die Cast Dies
H13, DH2F, Viscount 44, Toolox44