AISI A6 Tool Steel

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AISI A6 Steel is a?high?quality Cold work tool steel, It?belong to the high quality high carbon alloy tool steel. Oil Quenched & Tempered Hardenss is 28-34 HRc. AISI A6 steel Annealing delivery hardenss less than 250HB. A6 tool steel properties as below:

Related Specifications?ASTM A69/A69M DIN EN 10083/3 JIS G4053 GB/T 3077

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Form of Supply

AISI A6 tool steel, we can supply the round bar, steel flat bar, plate, hexagonal steel bar and steel square block. AISI A6 steel Round bar?can be sawn to your required lengths as one offs or multiple cut pieces. A6 steel Rectangular pieces can be sawn from flat bar or plate to your specific sizes. Ground tool steel bar can be supplied, providing a quality precision finished bar to tight tolerances.

Chemical composition

C(%) 0.65~0.75 Si(%) 0.20~0.50 Mn(%) 1.80~2.50 P(%) ≤0.030
S(%) ≤0.030 ?Cr(%) 0.90~1.20 Mo (%) 0.90~1.40 V(%) /

Heat treatment Related

  • Forged of A6 Tool steel

Slowly heated the A6 steel material to 650-680°C (1202-1256°F) before raising the temperature to 1050-1100°C (1922-2120°F) and soak A6 tool steel material until uniformly heated. Initial hammer blows should be light due to the comparatively high hot strength of this steel.

The A6 steel forged temperature should be maintained above 1000°C(1832℉) until the A6 steel metal begins to yield. Final forged should not be done below 900°C(1652℉). Slowly cool after forged is essential to avoid the possibility of cracking.

  • Annealing of A6 Tool steel

Slowly heated A6 steel to 850-870 ℃(1562-1598°F) and allow enough times, let the steel to be thoroughly heated, Then cool slowly in the furnace at a rate of 4°C (40°F) per hour or less.. The A6 tool? steel will get MAX 250 HB (Brinell hardness).

  • Hardening of A6 tool steel

A6 steels should be heated uniformly to 790-820°C (1436-1508°F) until completely heated through. Then heated to the hardening temperature of 950-980°C(1742-1796℉), soak at the temperature enough time, let A6 steel to be thoroughly heated .

Then withdraw A6 steel tools from the furnace,either air cool or oil quench.

? ? .Tempering of A6 tool steel

Tempering of A6 steels is performed at 95-540°C (203-1004°F), Soak well at the selected temperature and soak for at least one hour per 25mm of total thickness. Get Rockwell C hardness of 48 to 62. Others different Heat treatment temperature will get different hardness. Below only for reference.

Temperature [℃]? ? 95?? ?150? 260?? 315?? 480???? 540

Hardness [HRc] ??? 62-61? 61-60 57-56? 56-55? 51-50? 49-48

Mechanical Properties

The mechanical properties of A6 tool steels are outlined in the following table.

Bulk modulus (typical for steels) Machinability (based on carbon tool steel) Shear modulus Poisson’s ratio Elastic modulus) Thermal expansion
GPa GPa GPa 20-100℃
140 65% 78 0.27-0.30 190-210 10.7 x 10-6/oC


A6 steels are mainly used for slitters, die shapes.

A6 tool steel typical applications include cold forging dies, coining dies, cold heading dies, shear blades, knurling tools and as cutting knives for paper, wood, fibre and resin-bonded aterial, etc.

Regular size and Tolerance

1) Hot Rolled round bar
Diameter Tolerance
Diameter Tolerance
≤12.70 -0.13 ~0.30 >50.80~63.5 -0.25~0.76
12.7~25.40 -0.13~0.41 >63.50~76.20 -0.25~1.02
>25.4~38.10 -0.15~0.51 >76.20~101.60 -0.30~+1.27
>38.1~50.80 -0.20~0.64 >101.60~203.20 -0.38~3.81
2) Hot Rolled steel plate
Thickness Tolerance
Thickness Tolerance
≤25.4 -0.41~0.79 >127~152 -1.60~2.39
>25.4~76 -0.79~1.19 >178~254 -1.98~3.18
>76~127 -1.19~1.60 >254~305 -2.39~3.96

Others A6 have not specified size, pls contact our?experienced sales team.


AISI A6 tool steel round bar and flat sections can be cut to your required sizes. A6 tool steel ground bar can also be supplied, providing a high quality tool steel precision ground tool steel bar to your required tolerances. AISI A6 steel is also available as Ground Flat Stock / Gauge Plate, in standard and nonstandard sizes.

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