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Know Your Knife Steel & Knife Manufacturing Basics

As a knife manufacturer, you want to make tools that your customers find highly desirable. But it’s important to remember that there really is no “perfect knife” for every consumer.

Even the most...

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How to Make Easy-to-Maintain Metal Components for Home & Garden Tools

Manufacturing durable home and garden tools, the kind that customers will pay good money for, requires using quality “tool steel.” Sure, there are plenty of cheaper tools that use other materials...

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Standard Tubing Sizes Chart - OEM Metal & Steel Tubing

This tubing sizes chart contains all the basic info you need to specify various types of metal tubing. Download the full chart here for a complete list of sizes.

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Understanding Standard Sizes of Sheet Metal

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Garden Tool Manufacturers Need the Right Design for the Right Job

Despite what the thermostat may say in your neck of the woods, spring will return soon. Gardeners everywhere will eagerly run outside with their rake, hand trowel, garden spade and hoe in hand,...

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SS Vs. SUS … Is There a Difference? Yes and No

Scientists and engineers have a habit of giving weird names to things, or at least struggling to align them universally. Stainless steel is no different. A common question we see on metalworking...

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Is Steel Still Cheaper Than Aluminum?

Metals like steel and aluminum, while crucial to many applications, have a glaring issue. They’re particularly susceptible to market fluctuations, prone to potential scarcity and sociopolitical...

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Fertilizer Spreader Manufacturers: Should You Use Metal or Plastic?

Metal or plastic? That's the question many ask when designing -- or buying -- fertilizer spreader blades and parts. And while both materials are viable options that can contribute to a great end...

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The Benefits of Laser Cutting in Sheet Metal Fabrication

Metal cutting techniques fall into three broad categories:

  • Manual tools
  • Machine cutting
  • Burning/welding tech (such as laser cutting)

All have their uses in sheet metal fabrication, though there...

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What Is HSS Tube Steel? Properties, Uses, & More

HSS tube steel has a great strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it an ideal resource in a variety of construction applications.

You may have heard it called by any of several other names, so ...

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