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Thread: Domed Split rivets

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    Domed Split rivets

    I got a query from a forum member asking about the availability of replacement rivets that have a higher dome, like the originals. The ones I find through Gerstner and other suppliers have an almost flat, or truss-style head.

    truss head rivets.jpg

    After many months of dealing with manufacturers in China and Viet Nam, I think we are close to getting a domed, steel, nickel-plated split rivet. I have sent samples and have struggled with the language barrier.

    two rivets.jpg

    I hope that soon we will have an accurate reproduction available to us.

    Is their any interest out there?

    I would appreciate it if you would let me know.

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    I'd definitely be interested. The last two vintage chests had domed and I was very careful to remove and straighten the split. The end result was one chest with truss head due to replacement hardware that was needed and one chest with polished and reused domed. What's the min qty that the manufacturer will run and breakeven on cost?

    Retired Los Alamos Weaponeer
    Placitas, NM
    Mark Domzalski
    Retired Los Alamos Nuclear Weaponeer
    Placitas, NM

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    I am interested.


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    Domed Split Rivet Samples

    Here are the preliminary photos of the sample run. They just got back from nickel plating. They are being sent to me for my approval.


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    The samples of the domed split rivets are due to arrive today from Viet Nam.

    Is anyone else interested?

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    Samples are in

    They look better than the flat or truss head rivets:


    Only thing is, the new ones are 5/32" instead of 9/64" like the originals.


    They work fine on the older locks, but are tight on the Gerstner reproduction locks.

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    They look great! What's your timeline for a "consumer" run? I have an O-52 restoration in progress that might wait depending on your timeline.

    BTW, I spent a fair amount of time in the RVN, back in the day... I can't reconcile a visit. That said, the the most industrious, innovative and dedicated immigrants I've ever had the privilege to work with were RVN refugees. With what you've found as a source for parts, it confirms that their culture and upbringing have transcended their change of government.

    BTW, I'd really like to join your site as well.


    Mark Domzalski
    Retired Los Alamos Nuclear Weaponeer
    Placitas, NM

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    It's a miracle that I allowed myself to do business with a concern in Viet Nam, considering my experiences there in 1968 and 1969, but I've progressed in my battle with PTSD. Also, I just couldn't get through to the Chinese! It's a giant leap for me... I'm not ready to visit either.

    Please drop me an email privately at I think we can work something out as a trial.

    Thanks for your interest.

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    The sample rivets have been trialed and they work just fine. I have used them to attach a handle and a friend used the on hinges, etc. They performed as expected and look very much like the originals. The manufacturer has agreed to adjust things like the diameter and concentric circles on the heads before commencing with the initial order. I have tried to lower the limit of how many to purchase, as I can't really afford to order 30,000 of them!

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    High Dome round head split rivets

    I was surprised that the rivets offered by our regular suppliers were of the truss head, or flat variety. The originals I was removing from the locks hinges, and handle ferrules were, in most cases, domed, rounded, and nickel plated. I had been getting mine (the truss head variety) through a wholesale supplier.

    I had no luck finding the domed variety here in the states, so I put a request out on Alibaba. It seemed I could not communicate well with the Chinese, but I found a person in Viet Nam who has been more than helpful. Who would have thought that an old Viet Nam veteran would be doing business with the Vietnamese? Yet they responded with samples and are refining the product to my specs and our critiques.
    compare.jpgtruss head.jpgspec.jpgSamples.jpgIMG_2709.jpg

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    Did another handle

    I used the new old split rivets to attach another handle and its ferrules to a Gerstner Chest:


    I think they look better than the flat truss rivets.


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