View Full Version : Blacksmiths...forging tool steel...??

05-06-2013, 11:21 PM
I want to make some custom head rivets. I'll machine a sample head in mild steel or something tougher if necessary.

The tentative plan is to use the sample to press into a piece of hot tool steel to form a female rivet die.

What do you folks think? Will the tool steel yield enough to form using the mild steel sample?

What type tool steel would be best to forge? And, easy to heat treat?

I have a propane forge and 50 ton powered hydraulic press which moves pretty fast.

If this process works, standard dome head steel rivets would be heated (or maybe cold) and pressed into the tool steel die to form the decorative head, then the other end set in the press.

Jaakko Fagerlund
05-06-2013, 11:42 PM
W.Nr. 1.2510, also known as O-1 is easy to harden, but to forge it you pretty much have to have it glowing white.