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      *Information Provided is General*

A-11, is a high vanadium tool steel. A-11 possesses wear resistance superior to most other tool steels, including the high-speed steels, along with good strength and toughness characteristics.

Many of the benefits in the use of A-11 are a direct result if the refined microstructure (smaller more uniformly distributed carbide particles and a finer grain size) and the lack of segregation in the powder metallurgy product. These advantages include ease of grinding, improved response to heat treatment, greater wear resistance, and increased toughness of the finished tool. The applications that A-11 are used in are punches, dies for blanks, piercing dies, forming rolls and dies, cold heading, steel mill rolls, cold extrusion, slitter knives, shears pelletizer, nozzles, woodworking tools, cold extrusion barrels, cold extrusion liners, plastic injection molds and compacting tools.

Hardening happens between 1950 – 2150°F.

A-11 is an oversized material.


  •  + .015 up to .040 on thickness

  •  + .080 up to .125 on width


  •  Up to 1″ + .007 up to .0181

  •  Up to 6″ + .015 up to .0406

  •  and up + .0625 up to .250

 Hardening Temp.:    1950 through 2150°F

 Quench Medium:    Air Salt Bath

 Tempering Range:    1000 through 1100°F

 Typical Hardness Level:    58 to 65 R/C

 Anneal Temp.:    1600 through 1650°F

 Forging Temp:    2000 through 2100°F

 Anneal Hardness:    255 to 277 BHN


 A-11 Material In Stock

 Color Code:   PINK

 Flat Dimensions

  • 1/2″ x 11.875″ up to 2 1/2 x 11.125″

  • Non-standard sizes, quoted upon request

 Round Dimensions

  • 1/2″ up to 2 1/2″

  • Non-standard sizes quoted upon request.

 A-11 Typical Analysis















 · Slight variations from typical analysis shown may occur in order  to maintain the desired graphitizing potential.