D2-HCHC - High Carbon & High Chrome: Our D2 (AISI) knives offer the best valve for many moulding producers and planer mills. D2 offers the lowest price per bar because it has a Rockwell C hardness (HRC) of 58. It is easy to grind and resists nicks in knotty soft woods. D2 contains 12% chromium to resist chemical erosion when cutting wet cedar or redwood. Great for softwoods and shorter runs in hardwoods.
V2-HSSTM - High Speed Steel: V2 is our newest exotic breed of HSS with extra Vanadium for long life. V2 offers the same wear life and performance as M2-HSS, but at a 25% lower cost. By increasing the levels of Vanadium to replace more expensive Molybdenum we have developed a blend of steel with excellent tool life and the lowest price of any HSS on the market. V2 has a 63 HRc and is easy to profile shape. Great for most long runs in soft or hardwoods.
M2-HSS - High Speed Steel: Our true grade M2-HSS (AISI) steel offers 25% longer run times than D2-HCHC grade. Our Premium M2-HSS offers high levels of Tungsten (6% W), Molybdenum (5.5% Mo), and Vanadium (2.2%V). M2-HSS is hardened to 63 Rc for better wear resistance in harder woods. Great for long runs in most soft and hardwoods.
T1-HSS - (T1-HSS is being replaced by V2 over the next year due to Tungsten shortages.) High Speed Steel: Our T1 (AISI) steel offers 25% longer run times than M2-HSS. T1 is a well liked common European grade made of 18% Tungsten (W) for extra long runs and better resistance to abrasive glue lines. T1-HSS is 1 point harder (64 Hrc) for extended tool life, yet easy to cut and profile grind because of the high levels of tungsten. T1 is popular for mills that run mostly hardwoods or for softwood mills that want the ultimate in knife life and cutting performance.
BN-HSS - Black Nitride High Speed Steel: BN-HSS is our premium HSS with case hardened (carbon nitride) and black oxide to resist pitch build up. BN-HSS offers up to 100% tool life increases over standard HSS, without being harder to profile shape. BN-HSS features a long wearing cutting edge .010” deep that is more than 72 Rockwell C hardness. Much like Opti TM Knife. Great for long runs and stubborn hardwoods.
V3-HSS - High Speed Steel: V3-HSS offers up to 100% longer tool life over M2-HSS. This super alloy steel is great for long runs or on tough hardwoods. V3-HSS is like M42 / T15-HSS and wears longer than M3-HSS. V3-HSS contains high levels of Vanadium, Tungsten, Molly, and Chromium for extended wear life. V3-HSS has 66 Rc hardness which is one of the hardest HSS offered.
V2+RWTM - Coated V2-HSS: For the ultimate value and long tool life you have to try our RW coated knives. By applying the hard long wearing diamond dust chrome coating to the face of V2-HSS you can increase wear life 100% at a small additional cost. Our RW coating offers a 72 Rc hardness to the cutting edge which increases wear life without increasing your grinding time. The RW coating is a proprietary electroplating process that adds .001” thick chip resistant coating. This line of steel is great for most hardwoods and can triple tool life in wet woods that contain tannic acids (oak, cedar, redwood).
Endurance +SR Coating - Our new “Endurance” super run (ER+ Grade) moulder steel is the best option for extended production time and tool life. An excellent choice for cutting problem hardwoods and for super long production runs. Tool life is increased up to 800% over normal High Speed Steel without the inconvenience associated with using carbide knives.
Carbide - Carbide runs 10 times longer than the best High Speed Steels. Great for hard-woods, long run surfacing, and MDF profiles. We offer a complete line of stock and custom made carbide knives, solid carbide strips, Indexable carbide, and Micro-Grain
carbide inserts or turnable blades for most cutter head styles.