Test Results and Properties

Red Hawk plastic composite brads and plastic composite finish nails offer a superior alternative to steel nails in applications where steel nails cannot be used.

Increased Holding Power

Increased holding power as tested by The Hodges Wood Products Lab in Raleigh, NC. Unlike steel staples and nails, Red Hawk composite fasteners permanently bond with the material being driven into creating up to 2X the holding power as compared with similar sized steel fasteners. This allows for the use of shorter fasteners without compromising holding power in thin, delicate, or attenuate applications.

Pull Out Force
No Damage

Red Hawk plastic composite staples and plastic composite nails will not damage router bits, saw blades or molder knives like steel fasteners. The results seen here are from The Hodges Wood Products Lab in Raleigh, NC and indicate the wear and tear on a router bit blade from testing on steel and plastic staples.

Router bit wear from steel fasteners

Router bit wear from Red Hawk composite fastener

Wear from steel staples

Wear from Red Hawk plastic composite staples

No Excessive Wear

Red Hawk composite staples and nails will not cause excessive wear and tear on sanding belts. Red Hawk composite staples and nails can be shaped like wood, stained, and painted. No need to remove fasteners. Saves time, labor, and maintenance costs. The Hodges Wood Products Lab in Raleigh, NC conducted a comparison analysis between steel and composite staples on an industrial sander. The results are shown to the left:

Ultraviolet Light Stability
Chemical Resistance

Red Hawk composite fasteners exhibit excellent chemical resistance to common organic solvents. However, the chemical structure of our fasteners is highly aromatic imparting an even greater degree of chemical resistance to an even broader range of chemicals over longer durations including road salt, salt water, and automotive fluid. The following identifies some of the various chemicals that performed well against similar materials.


Red Hawk composite staples have been tested in the Kraft process and do not dissolve or melt as tested by the Department of Forest Biomaterials at a leading university in Raleigh, NC. Pulp screening was accomplished using a Voith Flat Screen with a 0.010” slotted plate. Rejects were captured and accepts passing the screen were used to create paper hand sheets. Hand sheets were created by a TAPPI method for comparison of samples. Hand sheets or paper samples were dried in the TAPPI environment of 73F and 50% RH. The chemistry, heat or pressure of the process did not seem to degrade the plastic. The plastic was retained in the rejects of the flat screen.