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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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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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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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4 Tips From a Blade Manufacturer to Make Knife Maintenance Easy

Knife maintenance generates some confusion among kitchen knife set owners. If you are a knife manufacturer, you’re hopefully aware of the potential misunderstandings of knife steel -- mainly the ...

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5 Reasons to Choose Laser Cutting for Sheet Metal Fabrication

Starting as early as 1967, laser cutting proved to be a versatile and efficient means of fabricating sheet metal. Currently, it's still one of the most cost-effective and precise methods of sheet...

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