How to Use Cutler's Compression Style Brass Rivets

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Cutler's compression style brass rivets hold two pieces of material together permanently. This type of rivet holds knife blades into handles, bow parts together and secures any type of materials together. A compression rivet has a female half and a male half that insert through a hole in both pieces of material. A rivet-setting tool squeezes the two parts together, so the male end enters the female end and slightly expands to hold it in place.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 C-clamps
  • Drill
  • Rivets
  • Rivet-setting tool

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  1. 1

    Place both materials to rivet together in the jaws of a C-clamp. Turn the metal adjustment knob on the bottom of the clamp clockwise to tighten the jaws on the materials.

  2. 2

    Place a second C-clamp on the materials and tighten it to a workbench so the area for the rivet overhangs the surface.

  3. 3

    Drill a hole through both pieces of material with a drill bit slightly larger than the rivet diameter. Hold the drill vertical to the materials so the hole is perfectly round.

  4. 4

    Remove the materials and C-clamp from the workbench. Leave the first C-clamp on the two materials.

  5. 5

    Place a male rivet on the workbench with the open end pointing up. Insert the materials on top of the rivet aligning the hole. The male rivet will be inside the materials. Pick up the materials and place a rivet-setting tool, with jaws open, under the male rivet.

  6. 6

    Place a female rivet in the hole from the top of the work.

  7. 7

    Squeeze the rivet tool handles together firmly with one hand to press the male half into the female half of the rivet. Remove the rivet tool and C-clamp from the project.

Tips and warnings

  • Measure the thickness of both materials together to obtain the correct length of rivets for work.
  • Use a hole punch to create a hole in fabric and hold the pieces together with pins to set the rivet. Purses include rivets to hold the handle onto the bag.
  • Do not place fingers or hands between the two handles on the rivet-setting tool while compressing the rivet. This action will pinch fingers and hands.

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