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20CV Information & Composition

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Latrobe DuraTech 20CV is a powder metallurgy stainless steel. It is highly wear resistant so it will hold an edge for a long time. The composition is almost identical to Bohler M390. Carpenter makes 20CV for Latrobe.

CTS-204P and M390 are shown in the table above for comparison purposes.

Data Sheets: 20CV Data Sheet
CTS-204P Data Sheet
M390 Data Sheet

Heat Treating Information: Preheat: Heat to 1400°-1450° and equalize.

Austenitize: Heat reapidly to 2050°-2150°F. Soak for 30 minutes. Lower austenitizing temperatures maximize impact toughness. Higher austenitizing temperatures maximize edge holding. Quickly plate or air quench to 125°-150°F.

Cryogenic Treating: Cryo is recommended for austenitizing temperatures at or above 2100°F. Cool to -100 °F, removed from cryo and allow blade to warm to room temperature in cool air.

Temper: Temper immediately after cryo or quench if cryo is not performed. Temper for 2 hours. Use the table below to select the rockwell hardness.

Heat Treating Services:
Pacific Metallurgical
Peters Heat Treating

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