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  • The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Lapel Pin Backs

    Originated from: The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Pin Backs

    Pins are a symbol of one's affiliation to a particular organization, institution or cult; but there's one problem that people face while wearing a lapel pin—they keep falling off. Since lapel pins have both emotional and monetary value, you certainly don't want it to fall off and get lost. This is why you need better lapel pin backs.

    Following are the different types of lapel pin backs, and their advantages and disadvantages:

    Butterfly Clutches: Butterfly clutches are the most commonly used pin backs. They are light in weight and easy to attach or take off. You only have to squeeze the two wings on the back for fastening or releasing the grip. Moreover, butterfly clutches are considered as a standard option for people because they come with most of the pins and don't add any extra cost to your pins; The main disadvantage of these pin backs is that you may accidentally press on the prong and release the clutch, thus causing it to fall off. Once the clutch opens, the chances of losing your lapel pin also increase.

    Rubber Clutches: Rubber clutches are newer to the market compared with butterfly clutches, they are tighter than the butterfly clutch, and are ideal for securing pins to jackets and bags. They are also skin-friendly and lighter in weight. But the real problem is faced when you use them on something that gets a lot of movement. The grip loosens eventually and causes the pin to fall off. But you can still use them if you are looking for a less-invasive option.

    Deluxe Clutches:Deluxe clutches are locking backs that have several different shapes, mainly divided into into two types: the flat head type and the ball top type, they use a spring loaded locking mechanism to lock the pin post, it's not easy to remove them by accident, and you don't need any tool to fasten and release them, it is very convenient to use, the ball top type is taller than the flat head type, problem with these pin backs is they are a little bulky compared with other types of pin backs, which may add a little more weight to the outfit or bag it is pinned to, but they are much safer than the butterfly and rubber backs.

    Pin Locks with Allen key : The original Pin Locks with with Allen key use the most secure pin locking mechanism, they use a set screw to tighten the pin post, thus offering a very tight grip, you are almost impossible to lose your pins with these Allen key pin keepers; The only disadvantage is that they require an Allen key for securing and releasing the grip, but they are still a very good option for using on pins that you don’t have to take on and off frequently, and their price is cheaper than military pin keepers.

    Threaded Locks: Threaded locks have a vintage and neat look. They are not as widely used as the backs mentioned above nowadays; the swivel of these backs is that they are highly secure. But these pins require an extra tool for making a hole in them. Moreover, they are difficult to wear on jackets and other thick materials. Although commonly used before, they are no longer a popular option compared to other types of pin backs.

    Last edited by Denny Lee; 07-23-2021, 01:38 AM.
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