The friction and wear behavior of cutting tool materials keeps an issue. In this study, an high temperature tribometre (UMT-2) was used to investigated the tribology properties and mechanism of two kinds of typical cutting tool materials. Commonly used cemented carbide (ZU5) and ceramic (AT) were chosen. The characteristics as to wear rate, friction coefficient and worn surface were studied. From the results, we found that the ceramic had better wear resistance than the cemented carbide. The friction coefficient of cemented carbide decreased with the increase of ambient temperature while the ceramic exhibited an inverse tendency. Finally, the probable wear mechanism was discussed.