Hard-drawn wire is the most basic and affordable steel wire available. The term “hard-drawn” simple means the steel has been drawn though the die to the desired diameter with no additional processing or tempering. Hard drawn wire is most commonly used in shelving, automobile parts, and shopping carts.


One of the most versatile steel wires, hard-drawn wire is suited to a wide range of applications for manufacturing. These include:

  • Automobile parts
  • Shopping carts
  • Baskets
  • Shelving
  • Hooks
  • Safety pins
  • Washer springs
  • Overhead transmission wire
  • …and many others


  • Applications under cold or hot temperature extremes (maximum recommended operating temperature is 250˚F)
  • High-stress applications
  • Applications with high-impact or shock loads
  • Applications in which life dependency and/or accuracy are critical

Diameter Range:.018 to .500
Carbon RangeC1045 to C1075
Rockwell Hardness ScaleC31-52
Density in lb/in^3:0.284
Coatings:Light Phos
Classifications:Class 1
Class 2
Class 3

Whether you require hard-drawn wire, music wire, oil-tempered wire or other steel products, Madison Steel has the resources to coordinate volume purchases direct from the manufacturer to keep your costs low, and we only work with suppliers that provide consistent, high-quality materials. To find out more about how we can meet your needs, please call our offices at 404-343-4855. We’d love to talk to you.

Hard Drawn Wire

Madison Steel is a global supplier of steel wire and related products servicing a variety of industries, and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Working in conjunction with over 30 manufacturers both domestically and abroad, Madison Steel provides you with access to some of the most consistent, proven wire mills and wire products in the world. What is hard drawn wire? Hard drawn wire is one of the most affordable and basic steel wires available for purchase. Dard drawn simply put means, it's a kind of wire that's been manufactured to a specific diameter without any additional tempering and processing. This material is extremely versatile and makes for a very sturdy, reliable spring. What is drawn wire used for? Drawn wire is in many applications beyond what we normally would think like electrical wire and TV cables. For example, springs of any kind are made of drawn wire; as well as rebar used for construction world-wide. Paper clips and staples are made from thin drawn wire. How is hard drawn wire made? The hard drawn wire is manufactured through a process known as cold drawing. The wire being worked is coated in oil and pulled through a die, or series of dies, in order to reduce the width of the wire. This process is known as hard drawing.