N690 Stainless Steel, 3.5 x 50 x 500 mm
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N690 Stainless Steel 3.5 x 50 x 500 mm
Stainless high-quality steel N690 or "N690Co for Cobolt" from Austrian maker Bohler Uddeholm. Complex heat treatment and great edge retention while easy to sharpen and polish.
Martensitic chromium steel with cobalt, molybdenum and vanadium additions. For tools and components which can be hardened to very high hardness levels. By many compared to VG10 or "Austrian VG10" as a stainless with similar composition and edge retention, ease of polish and sharpening. Used by many commercial folding knife companies such as Spyderco and EnZo, it is considered by many to be easier to sharpen razor sharp than M390 while still having good edge retention. Corrosion resistance is high, with over 17% Chromium.
- Heat treatment requires good temperature control:
- Heat to between 649-704 C and hold for 15 min
- Heat to between 815-871 C and hold for 15 min
- Heat to 1071 C and hold for 20 min
- Quench rapidly in oil or between plates with compressed air cooling
- Recommended: Cryo treat by deep freezing to -80 C for 2 hours for max hardness
- Temper twice at 185-199 C for 2 hours, for 59-61 HRC
C: 1.08%, Si: 0.40%, Mn: 0.40%, Cr: 17.30%, Mo: 1.10% , V: 0.1%, Co: 1.5%
The above is our summary from reading this link from Bohler Uddeholm, http://www.bucorp.com/media/KNIFEHEATTREATSUM2.pdf