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When designing your custom name tags and badges, you'll be asked to choose what type of fastener or backing you want.

With so many options—from magnetic name badges to bulldog clips to pin-style name badges—it might feel a little overwhelming to make this choice, so we've put together a handy guide for differentiating between each fastener and backing option.

In step 3 of the name badge designer, you'll indicate if you want the standard pin backing, other free-of-charge backings, or if you'd like to upgrade to one of our many other fasteners, including the very popular magnetic fastener.

Here's a rundown of each of the fasteners we offer, their benefits, extra cost (as opposed to included in badge cost), and badge/style compatibility.

None

  • Benefits: fasteners can be added at a later date
  • Cost: none
  • Compatibility: all badges

Bulldog Clip

  • Benefits: a metal clip adheres to the back of the badge for easy on/off and more of an "ID badge" look
  • Cost: $0.50 per badge
  • Compatibility: metal classic-beveled badges, metal frame badges, wood badges, plastic badges, and chalkboard badges

Button Pin

  • Benefits: a traditional metal pin built into the button is fastened to clothing using a rounded metal latch
  • Cost: none
  • Compatibility: metal buttons, metal frame badges

Locking Pin

  • Benefits: this pin has a locking mechanism that rotates to "lock" your badge into place for extra security
  • Cost: $0.25 per badge
  • Compatibility: included in metal name bar cost; upcharge for wood, plastic, and chalkboard badges

Metal Encapsulated Bar Pin

  • Benefits: a standard metal bar pin is locked into place with a metal latch, less chance to open and fall off and get lost
  • Extra Cost: $0.25 per badge
  • Compatibility: metal classic-beveled badges

Metal Encapsulated Crimp Bar

  • Description: a crimped metal pin is locked into place with a rounded metal latch
  • Extra Cost: none
  • Compatibility: metal classic-beveled badges
  • Benefit: The crimp allows the pin to hang closer to the clothing, less droop

Magnet (NB 3 Dot)

  • Benefits: no holes in clothing, easy on/off, no slippage, won't break, very strong hold
  • Extra Cost: $1.50 per badge
  • Compatibility: all badge styles & shapes

Metal Pin

  • Benefits: traditional metal pin that's secured on a metal base
  • Cost: none
  • Compatibility: metal frame badges

Military Clutch

  • Description: a bar that includes two posts is secured to the back of your badge with two metal pinch clutches
  • Cost: $1 per badge
  • Compatibility: all metal badges, wood badges, plastic badges, and chalkboard badges

Plastic Encapsulated Bar Pin

  • Benefits: a standard metal bar pin is locked into place with a plastic terminal, less chance to open and name badge to fall off or get lost.
  • Extra Cost: $0.80 per badge
  • Compatibility: wood badges, plastic badges, and chalkboard badges

Plastic Encapsulated Crimp Pin

  • Benefits: a crimped metal pin is locked into place with a plastic terminal, the crimp allows the badge to hang closer to the clothing
  • Extra Cost: $0.60 per badge
  • Compatibility: wood badges, plastic badges, and chalkboard badges

Plastic Pin

  • Benefits: a simple metal bar is locked in a plastic adhesive base
  • Extra Cost: none
  • Compatibility: wood badges, plastic badges, and chalkboard badges

Plastic Pocket Tuck

  • Benefits: the badge is secured on a plastic sheath for extra safety and security, easily slides in and out of pocket. Works great on a suit. 
  • Extra Cost: $2 per badge
  • Compatibility: metal classic-beveled badges, metal frame badges, wooden badges, all plastic badges, and chalkboard badges

Snap Strap Clip

  • Description: a clear plastic strap with metal snaps on either side affixes to a badge for extra-secure placement
  • Compatibility: slot-punched (lanyard) badges
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