Copper Common Nail - Rivet
Copper Nails
8 gauge copper nails
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Copper Common Nails

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99.9% Pure Copper Common Nails / Rivets / Spikes

Commonly referred to as copper rivets in boatbuilding, these smooth shank copper common nails are made from pure, solid copper, the highest grade available. 

Our nails are available in standard gauges (penny sizes), and are useful for a variety of projects beyond wooden boatbuilding as well. Sink one in a tree stump to kill the the tree for easier removal, use them for copper flashing, or hang up your cedar shingles with copper nails. These will last much longer than galvanized nails in coastal regions, and are suitable for use below the waterline on a sea-going boat. They also work great for decorative projects, or accents on cedar stripped canoes. Use our handy guide below to measure shank and head sizes to make sure that what you are ordering will fit your application.

Copper Common Nail Size Guide:

 Nail Gauge Head Diameter Shank Diameter
14ga 0.200"-0.211" (5.0-5.3mm) 0.085" (2.2mm)
12ga 0.239"-0.250" (6.0-6.5mm) 0.108" (2.7mm)
10ga 0.271"-0.280" (6.9-7.1mm) 0.132" (3.4mm)
8ga 0.335"-0.347" (8.5-8.8mm) 0.161" (4.1mm)
6ga 0.392"-0.417" (10.0-10.6mm) 0.200" (5.1mm)
4ga 0.450"-0.485" (11.4-12.3mm) 0.235" (6.0mm)
0ga 0.625"-0.639" (15.9-16.2mm) 0.310" (7.9mm)


 Copper Burrs Need copper burrs to go with your nails so you can round them over to create rivets? They're hard to find, but we have them right here.

Customer Reviews

Based on 63 reviews
mitch sidd

Nails and Roves

Copper nails, and burrs

Although I am moving into boat building, the nails I purchased from Fair Wind are being incorporated into a sculpture. Rob was very helpful in instructing and directing me on how to use the nails and burrs.
Thanks Fair Wind

William Blackmon
Very Satisfied

Received items quicker than first indicated. Product was exactly what I expected. Very well packed for shipping to avoid spillage.

Mark Hawkins
Nails for Hands On Deck

We are a non-profit youth educational organization in Green Bay, Wisconsin that using copper nails in most of our woodworking classes. Fair Wind Fasteners are a perfect fit for our educational experience.

Charles Canham
Great source for hard to find hardware needed for traditional boat building

I build lapstrake plank on frame sailing dinghies (as a hobby, since I can't figure out how to ever make money doing this). Fair Wind is a great source for the copper rivets, roves, and clench nails I use.