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Tenax Canvas Fasteners

What home owner hasn’t cursed the familiar canvas snap? It gets jammed and refuses to release when you want it to, which, as the user’s frustration level rises, often leads to torn canvas and a broken snap. Or it refuses to stay connected to the base, resulting in flapping canvas, damaged paint, and more frustration. Along with canvas pros, many boat owners who rely on these snaps have come up with clever ways of making sure they remain operational, including greasing, waxing, and even oiling the spring ring in the female section.

Interestingly, this ingenious alternative to the legacy canvas snap has been around since 1924, and the fastener’s history is rich indeed. Invented in England, the fastener was manufactured to secure the boots covering convertible tops on automobiles. After seeing it at an auto show in Birmingham, the German company Happich bought the licensing rights and had the fasteners manufactured in Germany by Schaeffer under the name Tenax. The company even continued to pay licensing fees into an escrow account during WWII.

The secret of this design is in its positive locking mechanism; it won’t release unless the button on the female section is raised with the thumb and forefinger. Unlike other lock systems, Tenax lock system combines great design with thoughtful presentation and outstanding protection while retaining its ease of use - even under the most extreme conditions.

The connection is so secure that it’s employed by, among others, the U.S. military for securing bomb-resistant clothing, and by guitar manufacturers, under the name LOXX, for attaching shoulder straps to the instruments. It’s capable of supporting tensile forces of up to 1,000 newtons (101kgs/224 lbs). Designs include knurled and bail-equipped lifting buttons; and male fasteners can be equipped with tapping or machine screws. Surface finishes are what you’d expect for a product suitable for home, auto & marine applications: chrome, black chrome, gold, stainless steel, and nickel. 

The fastener has been used for decades on German and British automobiles ; with Porsche, Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz, Bentley, Audi, and BMW, Miele appliances, as well as for luggage and camping gear, awnings, outdoor upholstery & removable  interior panel fixings. 

PRICING: Includes free freight within NZ and GST.

Please contact us for freight cost outside New Zealand.

Tenax Maritim Product Set

PRICING: Includes freight within NZ and GST.

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