How To Select A Rivet Setter
For Leather Crafting Rivets

By Bob Sherman

Rivet Types
Although rivets for leather working vary in materials, most fall into one of two categories.

Rivet Setters
There are several ways to set rivets and some are better than others. Some are well suited to double cap rivets and some are not.

For best results, the cap end of rivets should always be set with a concave surface. Because of this, double cap rivets are best set with a concave anvil and a concave tool - one on each side.

Single cap rivets require just one concave surface. Typically this is easiest with a concave setting tool and a flat anvil, but a concave anvil with a flat setting tool will also work - it is just more awkward to work with.

Setter Options

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