CTS-XHP *Surface Ground .125" Thickness - See Length Note

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CTS-XHP *Surface Ground .125" x 1" - read length note
CTS-XHP *Surface Ground .125" x 1.5" - read length note
CTS-XHP Stainless Steel




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

Carbon   1.6%

Chromium   16.0%

Molybdenum   0.80%

Vanadium   0.45%

Silicon   0.40%

Nickel   0.35%

Manganese   0.50%

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)



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