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Steel of the Month - Niolox


Our steel of the month for October is Niolox. Niolox is an excellent choice for people wanting all the characteristics of a stainless steel but properties of a tool steel. We stock Niolox in addition to our other knife making steels in 2.2mm, 3.2mm, 4.2mm, 5.2mm and 6.2mm thickness' in a wide range of widths. Our Niolox is stocked in it's annealed condition. The Niolox stock range is available to view here.

Niolox is a stain resistant tool with good edge holding and decent toughness. Niolox contains Niobium an excellent carbide former. Niolox has a typical work hardness range 58 - 63HRc. Niolox is a very fine grained steel with aides it's edge stability but maintains D2 like wear resistance. We ship Niolox worldwide to!

Niolox Heat-treatment Guide
  • Preheat to 400 degrees centigrade and keep it there for approx 1 minute per mm cross section
  • Heat up to 650 degrees centigrade and keep it there for approx 1 minute per mm cross section
  • Austenise at 1050 degrees centigrade and keep it there for at least 15 minutes
  • Quench in oil (preheat oil to at least 70 degrees centigrade)
  • Niolox can be cryo treated if required but it is not necessary
Temper in an oven let it cool down in air
  • Tempering for 60 minutes at 180 degrees centigrade yields approx 60HRc
  • Tempering for 60 minutes at 300 degrees centigrade yields approx 54HRc