In this work, the rheological properties, thermal stability and the lap shear strength of epoxy adhesive joints reinforced with different carbon nano-fillers such as multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT), graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) and single-walled carbon nanohorns (CNH) have been studied. The nano-fillers were dispersed homogeneously using Brabender® Plasti-Corder®. The epoxy pre-polymer with and without the nano-fillers exhibited shear thinning behavior. The nano-filler epoxy mixtures exhibited a viscoplastic behavior which was analyzed using Casson's model. Thermo-gravimetric analysis indicated an increase in the thermal stability of the epoxy with the addition of carbon nano-fillers. Carbon nano-fillers resulted in increased lap shear strength having high Weibull modulus. The joint strength increased by 53%, 49% and 46% with the addition of 1 wt.% CNT, 0.5 wt.% GNP and 0.5 wt.% CNH, respectively. The strength of the joints having high filler content (>1 wt.%) was limited by mixed mode type of failure. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.