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International Steel Standard Names And Information

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AFNOR
- The Association Francaise de Normalisation. French standard for steel materials.

AISI
- American Iron and Steel Institute steel standard names. No longer maintained, but widespread worldwide. More modern US standards are UNS, ASTM. The most popular standard in knife industry.

AS
- Australian standard for steel materials.

ASTM
- American Society for Testing and Materials. Started out as US organization, now it is an international body. One of the largest standards maker.

BDS
- Bulgarian standard for steel materials.

BS
- British Standards.

CSA
- Canadian standard for steel materials.

CSN
- Originally Ceskoslovenská státni norma (Czechoslovakian state norm), now Ceská technická norma (Czech technical norm). Czech/Slovak standard for steel materials.

DIN
- Deutsches Institut für Normung, the German Institute for Standardization. One of the German standards for steel materials. See also W-Nr.

EN
- EuroNorm. used in European Union(EU) sountries. Theoretically this is the new standard accepted in all EU countries. Still, older standards such a DIN, W-Nr, AFNOR, UNI are more widespread.

ELOT
- Greek standard for steel materials.

GB
- Chinese standard for steel materials.

GOST
- Russian standard for steel materials.

IS
- India standard for steel materials.

JIS
- Japanese standard for steel materials. Developed and maintained by Japan Industrial Standards Committee.

JUS
- Yugoslav standard for steel materials. Used in the countries of former Yugoslav republic: Bosnia, Macedonia, Slovenia.

KS
- South Korea standard for steel materials.

MSZ
- Hungarian standard for steel materials.

NBN
- Belgian standard for steel materials.

NS
- Norwegian standard for steel materials.

ONORM
- Austrian standard for steel materials.

PN
- Poland standard for steel materials.

SAE
- Society of Automotive Engineers. One more US standard for steel materials. Never seen it used in knife industry.

SFS
- Finland standard for steel materials.

SIS
- Swedish Institute Of Standards. Swedish standard for steel materials.

SNV
- Switzerland standard for steel materials. See also VSM.

SS
- Another name of Swedish SIS standard for steel materials.

STAS
- Romanian standard for steel materials.

TSE
- Turkeys'' standard for steel materials.

UNE
- Spanish standard for steel materials.

UNI
- Italian standard for steel materials.

UNS
- Unified Numbering System. More modern US standard for steels and ferous alloys.

VSM
- Switzerland standard for steel materials. See also SNV

W-Nr
- Werkstoffnummer (Material Number). One of the German standards for steel materials. Seel also DIN.

Last updated - 02/27/15