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The answer depends on more than just material properties. Briefly, you should consider the following:
Laquered brass door handles. This was originally brought in to preserve brass door handles on the shelf (so as not to sell people green door handles!) and the intention was always to remove it before fitting. These days people don't do this and consequently this allows some manufacturers to use brass of such poor quality under the laquer that there is no point. It is accepted that one should fit the laquered product. The range is huge but DO accept that once your rings or keys scratch the laquer the brass underneath will tarnish and you will need to strip the laquer to be able to do anything about it. Even then, if it is not top quality brass you may be better just buying new.
PVD or Stainless brass door handles. Specially treated to provide a very hard surface, this brass finish hardware can often carry a 25 year guaranteed finish. Sometimes a subtly different colour to normal brass but can still look good and is all but maintainance free. The problem is that these is a very limited range, so style wise you are on Hobson's choice.
Un-laquered brass door handles. Available in satin brass or polished brass. Provided you are prepared to get the Brasso out every now and then (polished brass) or give your handles a wipe down this is the best choice. The brass used is usually of top quality and exudes a warmth that no PVD or laquered brass can match. The range is very large and all the top manufacturers like Croft, Frank Allart, Brassart and Samuel Heath offer this finish. Because of the shelf life this range is not usually stocked and can take several weeks to make from scratch but at least you know you have door knobs straight off the polisher's knee! You can of course just let the door handles patinate naturally and see what you think. You can always restore them if you don't like the result with a bit of elbow grease!
If you live by the sea, a salty road or a chemical plant etc, expect anything to melt in five minutes (even stainless steel!) so take the above info and triple up your cleaning and polishing regime to allow it half a chance.
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We just had these samples arrive at our showroom and were so impressed with these hand made natural Cumbrian slate door knobs that we just had to share them here.
Imagine the qualities of Cumbria's finest quality slate perfectly complementing the natural beauty of a solid oak door, or making a classic style statement on a Georgian style front door.
We think this unique range would look equally stunning in a modern setting, with slate being equal in the personality stakes as its better known marble and granite cousins.
We will be putting these new rising stars of the Lake District on the website and available to order very quickly. In the meantime, if you can't wait to get your hands on a smooth, cool, natural beauty - call us for more information on 01606 888520 or email us at email@example.com
We have chosen our two favourite Oscar categories and nominated the door handle that most creatively interprets the essence of the chosen movies. We would love to hear your opinions on our nominations...
Best Special Effects
Harry Potter - The Deathly Hallows
Exciting, magical, spellbinding! This fabulous pewter door handle's metallurgical alchemy would not be out of place at Hogwart's.
Finesse Design's popular Allandale door handle suits any style of home, whether you are walking through a front door or a wardrobe...
Iron Man 2
Iron Man may possess ultra modern powers but his sculpted, hewn looks are reminiscent of our angular Art Deco range from Croft Architectural. Available in a wide range of hand-finishes, we felt this aged antique brass suited the leviathan perfectly.
Alice In Wonderland
This gothic fantasy style can easily be recreated with From The Anvil's characterful range of monkeytail door hardware.
You can imagine this door handle telling you to pick his door!
The King's Speech
We have fallen in love with the nostalgia of this movie, set in a period of understated elegance.
Our nominated door handle from traditional British ironmongers Croft Architectural epitomises all that British manufacturing stands for - lasting quality and timeless elegance.
This traditional lever on backplate in the finest quality polished brass would add grace and charm to any traditional home, be it a stately home or a georgian town house.
The Black Swan
Dark and sensual, with undertones of warm umber and cool nickel depending on the light, this sleek black nickel lever on rose captures the mysterious beauty of the Black Swan.
The Social Network
Everybody loves Facebook! We have all been seduced by the opportunity to reflect our personalities online, to present our bright and shiny side to the world, to demonstrate our sharp wit... this cool and sleek lever on rose in highly polished chrome will reflect the bright surroundings of any modern home.
We would love to know your opinions on our nominations. So join the debate on our Facebook Page
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