Hardness Tester File Set

Hardness Tester File Set
SKU: 527600000


Fowler's Hardness Tester File Set is an inexpensive, easy-to-use method for determining material hardness by sliding the file across the object's surface. Six color coded files indicate hardness from 40 to 65 HRC. Conveniently packaged in a leather-like case with a velcro lined flap, the files are approximately .157" in diameter and 7" in length (4.3Ø x 175mm).

Testing Procedure:

• Run the Black file (65 HRC) over test material. If it marks the material, the material is less than 65 HRC. 

• Try the Blue file (60 HRC). If it does not mark the material, it indicates that the file is softer than the material and is between 60 and 65 HRC.

• If the Blue file (60 HRC) marked the material, continue testing with the Green (55 HRC), Light-Green (50 HRC), etc. until the material is not marked. The approximate hardness of the material is between the file that marks the material and the file that slides over the material.

• Included chart also shows the appropriate Vickers Hardness (HV).


ColorIndicationFile Hardness
Red40HRC40-42 HRC    392-412 HV
Yellow45 HRC45-47 HRC    446-471 HV
Light Green  50 HRC50-52 HRC    513-544 HV
Green55 HRC55-57 HRC    595-633 HV
Blue60 HRC60-62 HRC    697-746 HV
Black 65 HRC64-66 HRC    800-865 HV