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What are the parts of a push pin?

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Different parts of a push pin

Push pin handle

Handle of a push pin The handle is the part held by the user and is contoured for a firm grip and improved control.

Push pin barrel

Barrel of a push pin The barrel of a push pin holds the spring that allows the plunger to move back and forth when pressure is applied to the handle. This is why the push pin is referred to as “spring-loaded.”The barrel also has enough space for the plunger to travel back and forth.¬†Sometimes, manufacturers stamp their name and/or the name of the tool onto the barrel of the push pin.

Internal spring inside a push pin

Internal spring of a push pin There is a spring inside the push pin that allows the plunger to easily move back and forth.

Push pin plunger

Plunger or ram of a push pin The plunger of a push pin is also known as the shaft or sliding barrel. The plunger holds the pin ready for use and moves in and out of the barrel when it is held against a surface and downward pressure is exerted on the handle.
WD Parts of a brass push pin Brass push pins have an internal magnet that holds the pin ready for placing.
Wonkee Donkee The plunger of a push pin is sometimes known as a ram, this is simply because it "rams" the pin in to the material.

Push pin ferrule

Ferrule of a push pin There are vintage push pins available that have an extra part to them, known as the ferrule, which is situated between the handle and barrel. A ferrule is a short metal sleeve for strengthening a tool handle at the end.