A rivet is a metal pin used for fastening. Discussed below are solid rivets.
- Head: The head of a rivet is usually wider than the shank, and sits on one end of the rivet. It may be flat or rounded.
- Shank: The shaft of the rivet.
The rivet fastens together two or more objects. A hole is made through all objects that must be attached, and the rivet is inserted. The shank goes through the hole, with the head resting on the top-most object. The exposed shank is then peened to secure the rivet, thereby fastening together all objects through which it was placed.