Hollow Rivets vs. Solid Pins?

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What are the advantages of hollow rivets versus pins? I prefer the look of rivets, but is there any user advantage to them over solid pins? I am guessing that solid pins would increase the structural integrity of a slabbed handle. So aside from possibly increased handle strength and ease of cleaning, is there any user advantage to pins over hollow rivets?
 
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What are the advantages of hollow rivets versus pins? I prefer the look of rivets, but is there any user advantage to them over solid pins? I am guessing that solid pins would increase the structural integrity of a slabbed handle. So aside from possibly increased handle strength and ease of cleaning, is there any user advantage to pins over hollow rivets?
Structural integrity? I doubt very strongly that the use of hollow rivets vs. solid pins would make the slightest bit of noticeable difference. As far as I can tell, it's really just a question of cosmetics and personal preference. I like the look of solid pins, so that's what I go for in a knife if there's a choice. I sure wouldn't get too wrapped up in trying to identify some discernible quality that makes one choice arbitrarily "better" than the other.
 
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You are right on, chuckschilling. Mike Stewart of BRKT responded that "f anything the hollow rivets are a tiny bit stronger because they are slightly flared but it is marginal". Thanks :) .
 
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I have read that pins are not really needed at all. The vast majority of the force holding the scales on comes from the epoxy. It seems that pins are more for show than utility. You might as well make them look good. I like the looks of hollow or mosaic pins.
 
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Epoxy holds well. Pins help. They supply sheer strength. The great thing about pins for me, is that if I don't like the original thickness of the slabs, I just keep sanding till I do.
With cutlery rivets, I have about 2 mm of head, then I have to redrill.

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