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I’m trying to search for this screw but cannot find a comparable head shape. I know it’s an Allen/hex, but I’m talking about the overall shape, it’s like a ‘reverse button-head’, or ‘anti-pan head’?
I have searched Amazon and even google images, but that hasn’t been fruitful.

Excuse the sub-par photograph. I think you can see the shape well enough:

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    They're common on bikes, but I don't know what they're called either
    – Chris H
    Commented Sep 11, 2019 at 10:09
  • I've been looking and I really can't find a source or name. The closest is a flanged button head. I've seen plenty of unusual curved-head screws on bikes, such as button heads with the same size socket normally used for a cap head
    – Chris H
    Commented Sep 11, 2019 at 15:58
  • Same! It’s crazy because I’ve seen them on things like bikes like you say. But not to buy as-is. Super annoying! Commented Sep 11, 2019 at 16:17
  • My last idea is to look at the brand of my old mudguards and see if they're sold as spares, and given a name there. My regular screw suppliers (work) don't do them and more surprisingly I can't find them on ebay
    – Chris H
    Commented Sep 11, 2019 at 16:38
  • I mean, they are not in McMaster Carr either, which is normally my go to for this kind of question. Good idea, or if I can find them on something being sold currently, give them an email? They might be nice to me? Hehe Commented Sep 11, 2019 at 16:41

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Taper Head Bolt seems to be the most technical way I can find it referred as. As common, "Water Bottle Cage Bolts" is used.


Taper cap bolt Taper cap bolt


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MCTi Mountain MTB Bike Water Bottle Cage Titanium Allen Hex Tapered Head Bolts Screw M5x12mm Washer Head 4 Packed Colorful MCTi Mountain MTB Bike Water Bottle Cage Titanium Allen Hex Tapered Head Bolts Screw M5x12mm Washer Head 4 Packed Colorful


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Precision Anodized Water Bottle Cage Bolts Precision Anodized Water Bottle Cage Bolts


Titanium M5x12mm with Washers Bicycle Water Bottle Cage Hex Bolts Pack of 4 Titanium M5x12mm with Washers Bicycle Water Bottle Cage Hex Bolts Pack of 4


Alloy Water Bottle Cage Bolts Alloy Water Bottle Cage Bolts

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  • Nice answer, but it needs more photos.
    – rebusB
    Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 16:58
  • @rebusB I tried, but failed to find more examples. :( Commented Feb 19, 2020 at 17:42
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Looks similar to this bicycle bolt.

M5 Black Anodized Bolt Description: Tapered socket head with 4mm broach M5 diameter bolt, 0.8mm thread pitch

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    And yet every other hit I've seen for "tapered socket head" is for a more conical shape e.g. pro-bolt.com/stainless/…
    – Chris H
    Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 11:14
  • Yeah, think it’s a bicycle thing. Commented Sep 18, 2019 at 13:30

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