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What is a push pin made of?

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The parts of a push pin are made of either wood, brass, steel or plastic.

Handle of a push pin

Hardwood handle of a push pin The handle of a push pin is usually made from a hardwood such as rosewood or beechwood.
Plastic handle of a push pin Some push pins have a plastic handle.

Hardwood vs. plastic handles

Hardwood handled push pin and panel pins

Advantages of hardwood handles

Hardwood handles are pleasing to the eye and touch. Hardwood handles are hard-wearing and durable.

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Disadvantages of hardwood handles

The wooden handle of a push pin requires maintenance, which is time-consuming. (See: Push pin maintenance and care).

A plastic handled push pin and panel pins

Advantages of plastic handles

The plastic handle of a push pin is inexpensive to produce and needs minimal maintenance. It is ergonomically designed to be comfortable for the user.

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Disadvantages of plastic handles

Some people dislike the look and feel of plastic tools. Push pins with plastic handles are not as hard-wearing and durable as wooden-handled push pins.

Barrel of a push pin

Brass barrel of a push pin The barrels of some push pins are made of brass. These push pins are usually the vintage models however as most modern push pins are made with steel parts.
Steel barrel of a push pin Both magnetised and non-magnetised push pins can have a barrel made of steel.

Internal spring of a push pin

WD Internal steel spring of a push pin The internal spring of a push pin is made of stainless steel to make a strong but flexible spring.

Plunger of a push pin

Brass plunger of a push pin The plunger of a push pin is made of the same material as the other metal parts, so, for instance, it can be made of brass.
Steel plunger of a push pin The spring-loaded plunger can be made of steel, to match the steel barrel of a push pin.

The tip of the steel plunger can be magnetised.

Brass vs. steel

Example of brass for use with a push pin tool Brass is used with push pins for its aesthetic qualities, and because it will last for a long time. It is also relatively cheap to produce and it doesn’t rust.

Brass is non-magnetic so a brass push pin will have an internal magnet to hold the pin.

WD Example of steel Steel is used because it is a hard-wearing material that will last for many years.

Steel can be magnetised.

A magent to show that the end of the plunger of a push pin can be magnetised to hold a pin.

Magnetised plunger

A magnetised push pin is designed to hold the pins in place until pressure is exerted on the plunger to release the pin.

Magnetised end of a push pin holding a pin The magnetised plunger looks the same as a non-magnetised plunger, so check before you buy.
Brass ferrule of a push pin

Ferrule of a push pin

The ferrule of a vintage push pin is made of the same material as the barrel, so, for example it will be made of brass when the barrel is brass.

A steel ferrule of a push pin The ferrule can be made of steel to match the steel barrel of a push pin.