Pin Chemistry

Understanding Pin Manufacturing, Materials and Capability

Pin Dimensions
W.H. Bagshaw has manufactured textile pins for more than 120 years. Literally millions in all sizes are available from stock. Most are made from 1060-1070 high-carbon steel, heat treated and polished, yet we can produce any textile pin to your specifications in our full range of materials.

We have a wide size range capability, manufacturing within precise, specific tolerances.
Diameter range: .025″ to .375″
Diameter tolerance: +/- .001″ (standard commercial) +/- .0002″ (Bagshaw Special)
Length range: .125″ to .24″
Length tolerance: +/- .010″ (standard commercial) Point Diameter Range: Blunt to .003″

Textile Pin Measurements

A: Diameter
B: Total Length
C: Length of Taper

We manufacture pointed and non-pointed pins from a variety of round wire materials that include:

» Aluminum
» Brass
» Copper
» Monel
» 300 & 400 Series Stainless
» Chrome Alloy Steel
» Low, Medium and High Carbon Steels High

Point Styles Available
Many different types of points, used for holding, locating, perforating, piercing, punching or scratching can be produced economically.

Head Styles Available
A large variety of headed pins, used in many assemblies for holding and press fit applications, are offered. Some of the popular head styles that we can produce include:

» Annular Ring
» Crimped, Folded
» Eared (3/16″ up to 1/4″)
» Internal Flat
» Nail, Flattened
» Round

We will be glad to manufacture small sample runs for your approval by your engineering department. When ordering or requesting quotes, please specify all head dimensions and tolerances.

Knurled Pin Styles:
Among the knurling styles we offer are:

» Spiral
» Straight
» Diamond

We will manufacture your order to a Rockwell Hardness of your specifications.


» (Z) Zinc
» (BO) Black Oxide
» (LO) Light Oil
» (W) Wax
» (B) Blueing
» (BP) Bright Polish
» (SF) Semi Finish
» (N) Nickel


Secondary Operations
We provide a full range of secondary operations to your exact specifications and tolerances at an economical cost. Our highly skilled personnel perform these operations efficiently and accurately, keeping our costs low and out quality high. We are already tooled to perform:

» Annealing
» Assembling
» Bending
» Coating
» Crimping
» Deburring
» Drilling
» Earing
» Flattening
» Forming
» Grinding
» Grooving
» Heading
» Heat Treating
»Individual Packaging by Count or by Weight
» Inspecting
» Labeling
» Machining
» Milling
» Packaging Partial or
» Bulk Shipments
» Parts Ordering
» Plating
» Squaring
» Tempering
» Threading
» Turning
» Upsetting
» Wire Cutting, Straightening, Bundling, and Tapering


Centerless Grinding
Another of our specialized capabilities is precision Centerless Grinding. We can hold tolerances of +-.0002″ total on infeed and thrufeed diameters from .004″ to 1.75″, from precision grinds to low microfinishes. Lengths can run from .250″ to 12 feet.


Mojo! Positive Energy! Families! That's who we are! American manufacturing. Established in 1870. Oldest Pin Makers in USA. That's W.H. Bagshaw Company!

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The safety and well being of our employees comes first at W.H. Bagshaw Company. We are committed to maintaining a healthy, safe, and stigma-free work environment through our participation in the NH “Recovery Friendly Workplace” (RFW) Initiative!


You are probably wondering if W.H. Bagshaw can make your part. The part or print that is on your desk right now! The answer is probably yes, but here is a bit more detail. We can produce from .028" to 1.25'' in diameter. Take a look at our parts library for some great examples of parts we can manufacture for you.

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