When shopping for a custom-made designer dog collar be sure you get the chance to decide what type of hardware that will be used on the collar. There are a couple of hardware choices: metal or plastic. While each type of hardware presents its own set of qualities, this article will lay out the benefits of metal hardware only.
Durability is most likely the first characteristic that comes to mind. Nickel-plated hardware is the most common hardware used in dog collars, leashes, climbing harnesses and various other webbing projects. Additionally, nickel-plated hardware has special welding that will endure rust. Nickel-plated is not the only finish available, metal hardware can also be obtained in brass and other finishes. Metal hardware can be bought in multiple sizes correspond to their matching widths of webbing whether you are using nylon or polypro webbing.
The projects that benefit from the many types of metal hardware vary from climbing harnesses to boating rigging, from animal harnesses to backpacks, from purses to luggage and from dog collars to key rings. Clothing has also been designed using types of metal hardware. For example, belts are a common accessory and one professional wrestler has a costume made of leather strips and hundreds of dee rings. Designs using metal hardware are too numerous to mention.
The metal hardware that is typically used when manufacturing a dog collar are side release buckles, triglides and dee rings. The metal side release buckles are used as opposed to plastic mainly for the strength of the metal. Typically, larger breeds of dogs can break through the plastic but it is nearly impossible when metal is used. Therefore, a metal side release buckle is imperative for the safety of the dog.
Triglides are used on collars or other projects that need to be adjustable on account of size yet must be strong enough to hold heavy weight safely. Dee rings are manufactured on dog collars as a strong ring to attach a leash to. There are other shapes of metal hardware that can be utilized on other types of webbing projects. Some of these include include o-rings, triangle-shaped rings, rectangle-shaped rings and split ring, which are used most often as key holders. Always keep in mind that the welded types are the strongest.
Another popular item of metal hardware is snap hooks. Just about any project that needs a connection to be strong, safe and easy to use can use the snap hook. Snap hooks can be described as swivel snap hooks and are useful in keeping webbing from twisting. Two examples are climbing harnesses and animal leashes. Other types of snap hooks are the trigger snap hooks and the barrel snap hook. Many different types of snap hooks are available and work with many types of webbing projects.
Another type of swivel hook is the lanyard hook. This type of swivel hook attaches to a webbing or cord to perform many uses from holding identification cards around a person’s neck to holding keys. Lanyards are also used to fire cannons from a safe distance. Key fob hardware is used to clamp on the end of webbing to form an attachment to any equipment, but is usually used in making key chains.
The types of hardware and projects that can be made are too numerous to mention. Any project that depends on strength and safety would greatly benefit from using plated, welded metal hardware.
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