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cold work,

n a deformation of the space lattice of metals by mechanical manipulation at room temperature. The process alters certain properties (e.g., ductility).
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There have been many recent wear-resistance advances, culminating in D7, hardened to Rc 67, the best abrasion-resistant tool steel for cold-work applications.
3) High-speed steels are used in cutting tools of all kinds, and sometimes in cold-work applications for their wear resistance.
Just as carbon tool steel is much easier to grind than HSS, some HSS grades are easier to grind than the high-carbon/high-chrome D2 cold-work tool steels.