CTS-XHP *Surface Ground .125" Thickness - See Length Note
CTS - XHP
We buy this in 36" lengths and sell it in 12", 24" and 36" lengths.
If you buy 1ea, you will get a stick 12" long by the width and thickness shown.
If you buy 2, you will get a bar that is 24" in legnth.
If you buy 3, you will get a bar that is 36" in length.
**If you buy 2 and want 12" length pieces, please specify in the comments section that you would like them cut into 12" pieces.
**Advertised price is for 1qty 12" piece
Carpenter CTS XHP is an air hardening powder metallurgy tool steel. It offers high hardness, good wear resistance, and can take a very sharp edge. It grinds and finishes nicely and will take a mirror polish. XHP has ok corrosion resistance, but is less corrosion resistant than most stainless steels. The high hardness and fine grain/carbide size make CTS XHP a great steel for hunting knives, kitchen knives, or pocket knives.
Composition of CTS-XHP Steel
This steel likes to work at 60 to 61 HRC
Bring to 1400/1500F and equalize (let it soak for 10 minutes)
Bring it up to 1850F/2000F (I prefer 1950F) for 25 minutes
Quench in air or plate quench.
A Cryo treatment in liquid nitrogen (or dry ice) before tempering will increase hardness
Temper 400F to 600F twice at 2 hours each. Cool to room temperature in between tempers. Temper at 400F for 60.5HRC (or 62.5 HRC with a cryo treatment)