We use decorative brass nails and tacks because they resist rust and don’t rot out leather that is exposed to water. Our two major suppliers of brass nails and tacks are French and Slovenian.
Our French partners first started producing shoemaking tacks in the nail factory Rivierre in 1888. At that time, Theodore Rivierre used a revolutionary new method, using wire instead of a sheet of metal. Today, with the original XIXth century machines, we keep producing those tacks, known all over the world for their quality. In addition, we source our Marteau shoe hammers from their factory.
From Slovenia, we use a large variety of tacks and nails. We use their lost head nails to do decorative work on the soles of shoes and on the JR dovetail heels.
Their square shank tacks, we use to provide decoration and securing rubber sole overlays.
Brass has excellent properties for shoemaking. Because it is softer than steel it can bend and clinch in leather without creating problems with comfort.
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