Originally Posted by Senna4ever
Then why are Manfrotto and Gitzo bolts made from either stainless steel or solid brass? I don't think brass is very soft.
brass is relatively(as a metal) very soft, it's mostly copper. usually when used as a set screw it has a knob(or folding wire handle) on the other end so it can only be hand tightened.
stainless is also soft, but harder than brass. not to mention there are literally hundreds of different grades. if you're going to use stainless i'd use a good marine quality, but hard to find and you will not find this in most hardware store bins.
the whole idea of using a softer metal is that it will not damage the threads inside the camera,but this applies to hundreds of different applications(machinery,tools, etc). it's a lot easier to replace the bolt than get the other end repaired. imagine the cost if you fuxxored the threads inside your camera. i'd rather have something harder that i can screw/bolt on tightly, and will wear better. i don't know what Ronin's up to so that's why i suggested staying away from softer bolts.
Ronin: so you want a stud , something like this?
you can get "ready rod" too, comes in long lengths(3', 6', etc):
if you're going to have to cut something anyways, just buy a long bolt and cut the head off.