What's Inside the Fastener Black Book

Here are the kinds of information that you can reference in this resource.

In this article, we covered:

  • What’s inside the Fastener Black Book
  • Metric and imperial fastener specifics
  • What people say about it

Disclaimer: The information compiled here is only intended to give readers a quick overview of what’s inside the book and is not meant to be treated as a reproduction of the contents therein.


What’s inside the Fastener Black Book

We’re referring to the first edition (which is still in publication and sold in Australia, exclusively distributed by Sutton Tools; copyright belongs to Pat Rapp Enterprises).

According to its index, the book covers the following:

  • History of screw threads (that goes back to records from around 250 BC circa-Archimedes to the modern ISO standards we know today)
  • Fastener Standards
  • RoHS (Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances)
  • Introduction to threaded fasteners
  • Basic fastener terminology (glossary)
  • Basic fastener measurement
  • Abbreviations for standard threads
  • Common fastener thread forms, screw and bolt heads, head drives and features and thread points
  • Common workshop bolts, nails, nuts, washers
  • Self-drilling screw point selection guide
  • Fastener materials (kinds of alloys and steels used) and mechanical properties
  • Fastener corrosion, platings, coatings and finishes
  • Fastener identification tips
  • Fastener tensioning tips
  • Common fastener failure (and how to avoid them)
  • Comparison charts (tensile strength of steel vs alloy bolts, galvanic properties, hardness etc)
  • Conversion charts (tightening torque values, PSI vs MPa, socket sizes, spanner selection, drill sizes)
  • Counterboring, countersinking and clearance holes
  • Conversion values (metric to inch/pound and vice versa)
  • Fractional and decimal equivalents charts
  • Tapping charts

Also included as an accessory is a thread pitch identification gauge:

Metric and imperial fastener specifics

The Fastener Black Book colour-codes identifies measurements and sizes of metric fasteners in red and imperial fasteners in blue.

Fastener specifications and cross-references:

  • ANS (American National Standard)
  • ISO
  • DIN

Imperial fasteners cross-references: 

  • UNC (Unified National Coarse)
  • UNRC (Unified National Round Coarse)
  • UNF (Unified National Fine)
  • UNRF (Unified National Round Fine)

Most common kinds and types of fasteners are covered: 

  • Bolts
  • Nuts
  • Pins
  • Rivets
  • Screws (cap, machine, self-tapping, set, socket, tapping etc)
  • Studs
  • Washers

It also provides comprehensive information on fastener properties:

  • Stainless steel fasteners
  • Aluminium fasteners
  • Non-ferrous fasteners
  • Plastic fasteners


What people say about the Fastener Black Book 

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