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Snow In Tennessee

January 29, 2019

It happens once or twice a year, but everything looks very picturesque when it snows.


The Tensilkut pond surrounded by snow covered trees.

The Tensilkut pond surrounded by snow covered trees.


Guide Sleeves

October 4, 2017

It’s not terribly uncommon for the guide sleeve on the Tensilkut I or Tensilkut II to be worn.  The guide sleeve is integral to the Tensilkut machine’s ability to create the same specimen repeatedly, without the skills a full charge machinist offers.

Guide sleeve on the Tensilkut machine, showing early signs of wear

Guide sleeve on the Tensilkut machine, showing early signs of wear

We do keep guide sleeves in a variety of sizes in stock for shipment when our customers need them.  They’re easy to replace, keeping your testing program running smoothly.

Guide Sleeves for the Tensilkut I and Tensilkut II

Guide Sleeves for the Tensilkut I and Tensilkut II


RIP, Cassini

September 15, 2017

In 1997, the Cassini spacecraft was launched, with the expressed mission of exploring Saturn.  For the past 7 years, it has done that, sending back spectacular images of our ringed neighbor, along with chemical details about the atmosphere of the planet and its moons, and the composition of its rings.  Today, it crashed into the surface of Saturn, sending a bit of final information on its way to oblivion.

Why does this matter to Tensilkut?  Because the Jet Propulsion Lab was a customer, as were many of its suppliers, and the Tensilkut system was used to test the materials traveling into space for nearly 20 years.  We are proud to have contributed to this exciting voyage in our own, peripheral way.  RIP, Cassini, and thanks for the memories.

10-33 Tensilkut I

Tensilkut I

September 11, 2001

September 11, 2017

16 years ago was the third attack upon American soil since our great nation was founded. Today, our hearts are with those who survived the collapse of the Twin Towers, and with the families of those who were lost in the Towers, the Pentagon, and especially on the 3 jet liners. Our gratitude to the families of the passengers on the fourth jet, who bravely took over and crashed that plane to save our nation’s capital from further destruction. We will never forget.

Happy Labor Day!

September 1, 2017

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September.  It was begun as a day to celebrate labor, and we honor that tradition by giving our team the day off, in hopes that they will spend the last weekend of the summer enjoying time with their families.  We at Tensilkut Engineering hope everyone who reads this has a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Tensilkut for cutting samples in accordance with ASTM E8 for tensile testing of metals.

Proper grip for use of Tensilkut Template

Updated Tensilkut Website!

July 26, 2017

Coming soon….the new Tensilkut website at !  Updates to follow!

40-72 Tensilbits

May 1, 2015

40-72 Tensilbit is a solid carbide Tensilbit designed specifically for use with the Tensilkut I and Tensilkut II.

40-72 Tensilbit

40-72 Tensilbit

The .500″ diameter solid carbide shank ensures accurate cutting of your tensile samples with no taper from top to bottom.  The 40-72 Tensilbit is recommended for use on steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and soft plastics.


40-71 and 40-72 Tensilbits

As with all Tensilbits, the 40-72 Tensilbit is in stock for immediate shipment.

Modified ASTM E8 Subsized Tensile Bars

November 12, 2013

This is the 50-36 Template.  It was developed for people who need a narrower bar than the ASTM E8 standard, but want one longer than the standard subsized specimen.

50-36 Template

50-36 Template

The 50-36 template makes a specimen which is .500″ overall width and about 8″ long.  The gauge section is .250″ wide with a taper of .001″ to .002″, a gauge length of 2/00″, and a reduced length of 2.25″.

This template is used with the 10-33 table model Tensilkut I, 10-38 Floor model Tensilkut I, and the 10-85 Tensilkut II.  Similar templates which make the same specimen are available for use with other Tensilkut models.

Please contact us if you would like a quote for this or any other template.

ASTM D638 Samples

October 11, 2013

Samples can be made on any model Tensilkut machine quickly and easily.

Below are white corian ASTM D638 Type I specimen and ASTM D638 Type II specimen, and black phenolic ASTM D638 Type I and ASTM D638 Type II tensile bars.

ASTM D638 Type I and ASTM D638 Type II

ASTM D638 Type I and ASTM D638 Type II Tensile bars

Standard templates for many other test specimens are available.

September 11, 2001: We Should Never Forget

September 11, 2009

From The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto:

“Because of its geography, its population, and the fact that it was under the control of the Dutch (even then its parent city, Amsterdam, was the most liberal in Europe), this island city would become the first multiethnic, upwardly mobile society on America’s shores, a prototype of the kind of society that would be duplicated throughout the country and around the world. It was no coincidence that on September 11, 2001, those who wished to make a symbolic attack on the center of American power chose the World Trade Center as their target. If what made America great was its ingenious openness to different cultures, then the small triangle of land at the southerntip of Manhattan Island is the New World birthplace of that idea, the spot where it first took shape….”
September 11 is a day to celebrate the American spirit of independence, innovation, courage and tolerance, which have caused our country to be so great.  We will never forget those innocent civilians who died at the hands of terrorists who do not share these values.  We will never forget those who were in New York that day whose lives were forever altered by these unforgivable acts of terror.  Our sympathy goes out to those in other countries who live with acts of terror and brutality more often than we do.  We will never forget.