420 Stainless Steel
420 is a martensitic stainless steel, characterised by a high hardness and high carbon content.
420 stainless steel is a higher carbon version of 410; and like most non-stainless steels it can be hardened by heat treatment.
It contains a minimum of 12 per cent chromium, just sufficient to give corrosion resistance properties. It has good ductility in the annealed condition but is capable of being hardened up to Rockwell Hardness 52HRC, the highest hardness of the 12 per cent chromium grades.
Its best corrosion resistance is achieved when the metal is hardened and surface ground or polished.
Typical applications include fine cutlery, machine knives, surgical instruments, wear plates, cutting tools and knives and blades for the food processing industries.
Grade specifications for 420 grade stainless steel
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420 hardened and tempered stainless
Most of the above sizes are available for next day delivery
We hold some stock in 420 annealed from 1.5 mm to 6.5mm thickness
Alternatively we stock 301 grade strip which is an austenitic grade. 301 is suitable for forming springs without the need for subsequent hardening.
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