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Carbide cutters are typically comprised of a mechanical mixture of various hard carbides such as tungsten, titanium or vanadium carbides and a suitable metal or alloy as a matrix material. Most commonly found are carbide materials comprised of titanium carbide and cobalt binder ranging from about 2 to 20 percent. Chemical compounds found in the heartwood of many wood species (in varying concentrations depending on the species and whether the wood is dried or wet) such as tropolenes, thujaplicins and polyphenolic lignans will cause chelation of the cobalt binder very similarly as has been shown to occur with iron.