Distributor of cutting consumables and capital equipment, First Cut, has introduced a new blade from Julia Utensili. Called the ‘Iron Lady’, this new product is completely different to Julia’s standard blades, as the steel, blade coating and the process used to produce it are all highly advanced.

First Cut introduces blade with toughnessJulia Utensili is one of Europe’s foremost circular saw manufacturers, producing solid carbide saws, carbide-tipped circular saws for cutting non-ferrous metals and steel, as well as 'dry cut' saws for use on dry cutting machines. Julia is also a global leader in the production of circular knives for cutting a range of materials, such as cloth, leather, paper, cardboard and rubber.

The Iron Lady is a circular saw blade combining the toughness of steel with the performance of carbide. “This results in even higher standards of hardness, toughness, finish and durability – not to mention best cost-per-cut,” explains Luca Dreossi, Sales and Technical Support: Julia Utensili.

The extra fine-grained high-speed steel (HSS) blade has hardness values above 900 HV (Vickers hardness rating). The efficiency of the blade is enhanced by a multi-layer physical vapour deposition (PVD) coating with a surface hardness of more than 3650 HV. The production process allows for very tight manufacturing tolerances, while the teeth have a specific profile designed for high-performance cutting.

Julia’s vast pool of cutting technology combined with practical experience in heat treatment has allowed it to develop, in conjunction with a technical university, an innovative heat-treatment process. This creates a steel microstructure with particularly high performance and resistance to wear caused by friction, or thermal and mechanical stress.

“However, the Iron Lady is only one of many blades that Julia Utensili offers to the professional industrial market. There are countless types of material such as steel, alloys, wood and plastic – to name only a few – which our customers need to cut. For each of these applications, Julia has developed a blade to do so, as accurately and efficiently as possible,” says Gary Willis, Director at First Cut responsible for the consumables division.

The excellent performance of Julia blades lies in the coatings which the blades are given, he adds. These complex chemical coatings serve to reduce friction, which, in turn, reduces the heat build-up in the blade. Too much heat in a blade promotes wear and will ultimately ruin the teeth.

In addition, First Cut imports blade ‘blanks’ – blades that have not had teeth cut as yet – from Julia. Customers are consulted on their specific cutting requirements, and teeth are cut into the blanks to suit the relevant application. First Cut also has a well-equipped sharpening facility equipped with four CNC sharpening machines. High-quality blades from Julia can therefore be repeatedly re-sharpened to get more ‘lives’ out of each blade.

“Every one of our customers has different cutting requirements that are unique to their applications. We take pride in the fact that, through our relationship with Julia Utensili, we are able to meet - and exceed - the expectations which our customers have of these superb products,” Willis concludes.


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