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I'm recently made a pretty heavy duty guillotine tool for myself. I made some simple fullering dies for it out of mild steel, but as I plan on making other die shapes I'm wondering what others use for steel material? Is mild steel fine? Should I go for a higher carbon content? Should they be hardened? What do you use?


Thanks in advance,


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I made mine out of heavy (5/8ths) truck spring. Because the lengths have a bit of curve, I took a heat on them and flattened them out. I did no further heat treat to them, and they have held up just fine. The hammering surface has deformed a little, but the die surfaces are fine.



"The worst day smithing is better than the best day working for someone else."


I said that.


If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

- - -G. K. Chesterton


So, just for the record: the fact that it does work still should not be taken as definitive proof that you are not crazy.


Grant Sarver

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