Egg Brass Modern Passage Knobset
God is in the Details: Why This Knob is Worth It
When you're faced with a big renovation or new construction, it's sooo easy to cheap-out on the door hardware, am I right? Because--so the rationale goes-- who's really going to be able to tell the difference between solid brass or nickel and the identical-looking plated steel stuff you can pick up at Home Depot or Lowes?
The answer is: You will. Because once you've experienced a solid, heavy, well-designed, smoothly-operating door knob or lever, you'll never want to go back to the cheaper stuff!
My new solid polished-brass egg knobs (Btw I chose the plain rectangular backsets; our 1913 house has a very spare, prairie-box aesthetic, so the simple, angular silhouette is perfect) have only been up on two of our exterior doors for a couple of days (they'll soon be installed on all 9 exterior doors of the house) but I can't tell you what a difference they've made in our everyday routine. There's just something about that smooth, solid egg-shaped knob that gives you such tactile pleasure every time you turn it!
I did a lot of online comparison shopping for Emtek's line, and Handlesets was able to source the exact knob and backset that I wanted--in the finish I wanted--as fast and as cheaply as anyone else. That being said, they didn't carry the matching finish/same brand double-cylinder deadbolt lock I was looking for. (Fortunately, I was able to order those from another very good online vendor--knowing it was the same Emtek line/finish made it easy).
All in all, I'm very pleased with my experience with Handlesets and Emtek and my solid-brass hardware, and would highly recommend Handlesets to anyone who's considering an order.
September 20, 2010