DIN C125W, AISI Approx. W1
Designation by Standards Mat. No. DIN EN AISI - C125W - Approx. W1 Chemical Composition (in weight %) C Si Mn Cr Mo Ni V W Others 1.22 0.18 0.20 - - - 0.10 - - Description Low alloyed water-hardening tool steel. This steel is one of the common water hardening tool steel grades available. W1 is basically a simple high carbon steel and is easily hardened by heating and quenching in water, just as with plain carbon steel alloys. Applications W1 is commonly used for hand operated...
Designation by Standards
Chemical Composition (in weight %)
Low alloyed water-hardening tool steel. This steel is one of the common water hardening tool steel grades available. W1 is basically a simple high carbon steel and is easily hardened by heating and quenching in water, just as with plain carbon steel alloys.
W1 is commonly used for hand operated metal cutting tools, cold heading, embossing taps and reamers as well as cutlery. For knives, razor blades, cutting tools for machining of steels and metals, broaching tools, tools for screw cutting, chisels, drawing dies, tools for hardest stones.
Physical properties (avarage values) at ambient temperature
Modulus of elasticity [103 x N/mm2]: 210
Density [g/cm3]: 7.85
Thermal conductivity [W/m.K]: 45.0
Electric resistivity [Ohm mm2/m]: 0.20
Specific heat capacity[J/g.K]: 0.46
Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion 10-6 oC-1
Heat to 680-720oC, cool slowly. This will produce a maximum Brinell hardness of 213.
Stress relieving to remove machining stresses should be carried out by heating to approx. 600-650oC, holding for 1-2 hours at heat, followed by air cooling. This operation is performed to reduce distortion during heat treatment.
Harden from a temperature of 760-790oC followed by water quenching. Hardness after quenching is 66 HRC.
Tempering temperature: See the data bellow.
Tempering Temperature (oC) vs. Hardness (HRC)
Hot forming temperature: 1000-800oC.
W1 is a plain carbon steel and machines with ease. It is the base line of 100% machinability on which machinability of the other tool steels is compared.
This is a plain carbon steel and it will corrode unless protected.
W1 may be welded by all of the standard techniques.
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