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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.


Rivets come in a variety of materials, the most popular being steel. They can also be commonly found in copper, brass, and aluminum.


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.