Types of hammers and solid copper rivets? Answered
As you said setting rivets requires a hammer, not a mallet. I assume these especially are the solid copper rivets? For those it is important to use a smooth faced hammer, not one with a waffle pattern that carpenters might use. After doing the initial setting of the rivet with the proper tool, do you do any additional rounding of the rivet? I like to use a ball peen hammer (has a smooth face) and use the rounded end to smooth over the top and edges of the rivet to make it look nicer and feel more level. Your thoughts?