USA: Door Handles: Door Handle Manufacturers
ABOUT DOOR HANDLES
The most common type of door handle is the lever handle, with a horizontal handle projecting parallel with the door. The main advantage of door handles compared to the traditional door knob is that they require a less strong grip. This is particularly important for the elderly and disabled. Lever Door Handles may be made from a wide variety of materials including aluminium, stainless steel, brass, or wrought iron, and are available in a wide range of traditional and contemporary designs. Brass Lever Door Handles are available in a range of finishes, including Antique Bronze, Polished Brass, and Satin Nickel.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The leading manufacturers, described below, have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, specifications, colours and materials.
FSB USA. FSB USA was established over 120 years ago in Brakel, Germany. It is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of architectural hardware, with a range of more than 10,000 products in aluminium, stainless steel, and brass. FSB bases its designs on the 'four rules of good grip'. These are: the thumb always seeks a direction, the forefinger acts as a pilot paving the way for the rest of the hand, the heel of the hand needs support, and hands do not like grasping into the void - they prefer to be guided around spherical shapes. The FSB USA website covers the following types of types of door handle and associated equipment: Lever Designs, Mortise Locks, Tubular Latches, Accessories, Dummy Mounts, Finishes, Pull Handles, Roses & Escutcheons, Window Handles, and Bathroom Accessories. Other sections of the website cover specifications and installation templates.
Hardware Hut. Hardware Hut, a division of Spokane Hardware Supply Inc., is an online retailer of architectural hardware, including door handles. It offers 163 products in the lever handles category, in contemporary and traditional designs. Manufacturers include Schlage, Weslock, Acorn, Fusion, and Emtek. For example, the Schlage Accent Door Lever Set is available in seven finishes: Aged Bronze, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Antique Brass, Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, Antique Nickel, and Matte Black. It is compliant with the American Disabilities Act. Other products offered by Hardware Hut, which are related to door handles, include: Door Knobs, Deadbolts, Electronic Door Locks, Door Entry Sets, Keyed Door Locks, Decorative Side Plates, Pocket Door Hardware, Door Track, Door Hinges, Rim Latches, Screen & Storm Door Latches, Door Thresholds, and Door Weatherstripping.
Yale. Yale, which is part of the Assa Abloy Group, manufactures a wide range of locks, handles, and other door furniture. For example, the Marina lever door handle is available in six forms: Passage, Privacy, Entry, Classroom, Storeroom, and Dummy (for doors where only a pull is required). There is a choice of six finishes: Gun Metal, Oild Rubbed Bronze Permanent, Satin Nickel, Polished Chrome, Satin Chrome, and Polished Brass. Five other designs of lever door handle are available. Yale also manufactures eleven types of door knobs, including round, half round, and ellipse designs. The Yale website contains sections on where to buy Yale door handles, customer service, and advice on securing your home. Yale is a sponsor of Humanity International's Habitat community housebuilding program. This will build 25,000 Habitat homes over a five year period; the Yale contribution has a cash value of $5m.
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