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Doctor Blades: Materials, tips, coatings

Materials, Tips and Coatings

Our Doctor Blades are configurable from the base material to the type of tip, producing a range of products suitable for a wide range of applications.


Carbon Steel

Carbon Steel

Our Standard blade is produced from high-grade carbon steel. As the carbon percentage content rises, steel has the ability to become harder and stronger through heat treating.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is an alloy made from combining chromium and iron. It has a very popular property of anti-corrosiveness which means that it doesn’t rust, stain, or corrode easily compared to other metals.

Hardened Blue Steel

Blue Steel

Blades such as Bluestar are made from high-grade carbon blue steel. The bluing occurs when tempering, a process of heat treating, which when applied to iron-based alloys is used to reduce brittleness and increase toughness.



Durable plastics have proved to be an excellent choice of material for retainment blades in the flexographic process.



  • Consistent tip thickness provides even doctoring for all Gravure cylinders.
  • Tonal values remain consistent as Blade wears.
  • Special polished tip guarantees a quick warm-up without streaks


  • 3° flat bevel increases stiffness to help reduce tip deflection caused by high Blade pressure and fast press speeds.
  • Thin tip reduces toning and hazing.
  • 60-micron tip increases proportionally to the 3° angle (2° also available).


  • Tip configuration adds Blade stability and minimises wear.
  • Sharp Blade edge and stiff tip allow for a clean wipe, adding more resistance to tip breakage.
  • Available in 4°- 43° bevels.


  • Reduces or eliminates UV spitting.
  • Strengthened base allows for decreased Blade flex and stops hydroplaning behind the Blade.
  • Allows thicker inks to meter normally.
  • Condensed tip provides consistent ink film metering.


  • Reduces or eliminates Blade chatter.
  • Offers smooth ink metering at higher speeds of new presses.
  • Compensates for vibrations from older, unstable presses.
  • Results in precise ink film and better print quality.

Flexolife (Rounded)

  • Optimal release of colour due to special rounded edges.
  • Reduced ink spitting.
  • Reduced Blade and Anilox wear.
  • Ideal in full tone areas.

Backing blade (Square)

backing blade
  • Perfect evenness and stiffness.
  • Reliable support of the working Blades.


Visit our doctor blades page to view our full range of coatings.