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I recently acquired about a 3"(Diameter)x10"(length) round bar of K-Monel.

I have found a bit of information on here about Monel, but I haven't been able to find anything about K-Monel or Monel K500, a bit of information about it: Monel is a nickel-copper alloy containing small amounts of small other materials. It is extremely corrosion resistant and can be used for highly acidic systems. K-Monel has the properties of normal Monel, with Aluminum and Titanium added for extra strength.

My questions:

1. Can you forge K-monel?

2. Does it get malleable enough to move by hand, or am I going to need a power hammer for this?

3. Would this hold up well as tooling? (Hardys, Butchers, etc.)

monel-alloy-k-500.pdf

 

Thanks in advance!!

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The specification brochure you provided a link to tells you every thing you need to know.

My understanding and limited experience is Monel can be forged but it is tough stuff even at high temps, not cutting edge hard though.

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The cost of the stuff when simple easily sourced alloys make perfectly good tooling means I would save it for a "wow" accent for a high dollar item.  

Have you read the wikipedia article on Monel?

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Thank you for the replies, I was pretty sure it was a usable material, but the addition of Aluminum was why I was unsure. It seems like it IS forgable but it will take some work. You bring up a very very good point, Thomas.. I think I will heed your advise, though I will probably remove a small section to get some experience with it before I try to make a "wow" piece or accent.

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Flowers in a working fountain come to mind due to it's corrosion resistance...but oh the work involved!

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should you be a jesuit monk who is into self flagellation then i would guess that  the flowers are a good way to start:D that said a few years ago i used some monel welding rods to create some nice jewelry items .they were popular due to the exotic material description  rather than the "look"

 

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Mea Culpa; cut thin disks from the stock to forge not forge down the stock into flowers.

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