What is "HRC"?

Posted by Ramon Elzinga on

The Acronym "HRC" actually stands for "Hardness on Rockwell Scale C." 

The Rockwell family (Hugh M. Rockwell and Stanley Rockwell (1886–1940)) from the US  co-invented the "Rockwell hardness tester," a differential-depth machine. Their company grew to build and patent numerous hardness testers. The machine used for steel used in knives is the Scale C tester - hence HRC.

The machine itself applies downward force onto any steel being tested with two diamond indents. From this test it measures the hardness of a steel by looking at the depth of indentation. 

 

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