In today’s competitive forging markets, achieving good tool life is essential for maximizing the profit of any forge shop. An appropriate die material must be chosen that is both capable of meeting the estimated die life and able to withstand the forces of manufacturing. Material properties such as hardness and fracture strength must be balanced to achieve the performance requirements for the application. Additionally, understanding the relationship between material properties, production conditions under which the die is used and design of the impression is crucial to performance. With the assistance of the Technical Services team at Finkl Steel, choosing the best die steel grade doesn’t have to be a mystery.