What does “Magnetized thru thickness” mean?

We use the description "Magnetized thru thickness" to identify the locations of the poles on our block magnets.  The thickness is always the last dimension listed for block magnets.  If you take one of our block magnets and place it on a flat surface with the thickness dimension as the vertical dimension, the poles will be on the top and bottom of the magnet as it sits.  For example:  Our BX082 blocks are 1" x 1/2" x 1/8" thick.  If you place one of the blocks so it is on a flat surface with 1/8" as the vertical dimension, the poles will be on the top and bottom as the magnet sits.  This means the poles are located in the middle of the 1" x 1/2" sides.

What materials do magnets attract?

Ferromagnetic materials are strongly attracted by a magnetic force.  The elements iron (Fe), nickel (Ni), and cobalt (Co) are the most commonly available elements. Steel is ferromagnetic because it is an alloy of iron and other metals.