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Kink test. Method for determining ductility of metal wire. A short section of wire is looped and drawn in tension to produce a kink. Relative ductility is indicated by the occurrence or non-occurrence of failure and extent to which kink may be opened up without failure.

Knoop hardness number. Measure of indentation hardness of a material (especially an organic coating) measured with a pyramidical diamond indentor of prescribed dimensions. (ASTM D-1474).

Knot strength. Tenacity of a fiber in which an overhand knot is tied. Knot strength is a measure of a fiber’s sensitivity to compressive and shear stresses.

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