Posts Tagged ‘steel testing’

Tensilkut Catalog, Circa 1955

August 9, 2017

In this day of instant electronic communication, it’s hard to believe that 60+ years ago, not only was everything mailed, but Tensilkut’s catalog, when it arrived in the mailbox, contained a tensile test bar which had been cut on the Tensilkut.

Tensilkut catalog with aluminum tensile sample

The 1955 Tensilkut catalog included a drawing of the only tensile bar we made at the time, along with an actual specimen!

I don’t imagine the founder of Tensilkut ever imagined a time when we could not only send information to customers nearly instantly, but also a time when we’d be able to make videos available for people to see whenever they wished.  Despite sea changes in communication, the need for his original machine remains very real – and at least one of the machines made in his first couple of years remains in service today.

Demonstration of the Tensilkut II

June 23, 2015

The Tensilkut II is used to easily prepare flat tensile, compression, flexural and other specimens from metals and non-metallics.  This machine is designed for operation in the testing lab by technicians without previous machining experience.

The starting blank is inserted into the Tensilkut Master Template, and the clamping screws are tightened as shown in this video.  The micrometer dial on the Tensilkut control head is set to its starting position, and a series of light passes are taken to cut the material from each side of the specimen.  When the correct tensile specimen dimensions are achieved, the micrometer dial will stop turning, thus preventing cutting an undersized test specimen.  After removing the completed ASTM E8 or other specimen from the master template, the tensile bar is ready for immediate testing.


May 23, 2015

The Tensilshear is an easy way to cut strips from small sheets of metal, including aluminum, brass, steel, and even harder materials.

Tensilshear for shearing straight strips from metals

Tensilshear for shearing straight strips from metals

A pair of micrometer adjustments on the back move the stop to enable you to simply push your sheet of up to 10″ wide metal under the blade until it reaches the stop, make sure it’s firmly in place, and cut off a strip.  The process can be repeated for as many strips as you need. It is a compact, manually operated unit, requiring neither electrical nor air hookup to operate.

The reverse of the Tensilshear, showing the micrometer adjustments for setting strip width

The reverse of the Tensilshear, showing the micrometer adjustments for setting strip width


The Tensilshear will shear strips from 1/8″ (3mm) thick aluminum or materials of similar hardness, and up to 2mm thick steel.  The hardened, precision ground blades are adjustable to eliminate virtually all edge burring problems.  The video below shows the Tensilshear being used to shear strips from 2mm thick hardened steel.

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