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What is a Mortice door Knob?

Friday, 18 October 2019 10:08:37 Europe/London

A Mortice Knob is used to open a door, in a similar way to a door lever would be used, but with a turning action rather than pressing down on the lever. A Mortice door knob is used with a latch or a lock mechanism, which is set into the door. Mortice Knobs are sold in pairs with a connecting spindle.

Generally speaking, Mortice Knobs are a more traditional style of door furniture. In the past, traditional Mortice Knobs were almost always un-sprung, meaning the knob turned freely when not attached to the door. Many still remain in this style and do not use a standard lock or latch, as the spring is not strong enough to return the knob. Mortice Knobs do not have the strong spring that door handles have which compliments the spring in the latch or lock used with the handle. For this reason, Mortice Knobs have to be used with a heavier sprung latch or lock in the door.

The amount of room available on a door for a Mortice Knob is also a consideration that needs to be made. A Mortice Knob can be operated from any angle, in contrast to a door lever which leads your hand away from the edge of the door. For this reason a longer latch may need to be used. We would recommend a 4" latch is used when fitting a mortice knob, to give more space for hands and to prevent bruised knuckles. If there is not space within the door for a long latch, it would be wise to use another option opposed to a Mortice Knob to allow for ease of access.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

Enjoying the Autumnal Colours

Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:17:07 Europe/London

Enjoying the Autumn Colours?

Explore our autumnal finishes...

Senza Pari Panetti in Weathered Antique Bronze

Senza Pari Darrio in Weathered Antique Bronze

Old English Ripon in Matt Antique Brass

Forme Alila in Urban Dark Bronze

Mediterranean Barcelona in Polished Brass

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

Brass is a metal alloy, comprised from copper and zinc. Brass has a lot of advantages, making it valued in the door hardware industry. Zamak is a family of alloys with a base metal of zinc. The name 'Zamak' is an acronym of the names of the metals of which the alloys are composed: Zinc, Aluminium, Magnesium and Copper (or Kupfer, in German). In terms of finishing, Zamak can be electroplated, powder coated, wet painted, and chromate-conversion coated, but cannot be left un-finished, as it will corrode quickly due to environmental factors. Therefore, we can say with some certainty that a Brass substrate is superior to a Zamak one. That said however, you will find many very reasonable priced Zamak door handles that will provide years of good service for the interior of the home.

Solid Brass door hardware has been used for centuries and really only decreased in popularity during the last couple of decades of the 20th century, largely because of the need to regularly polish the metal to maintain its shine. Manufacturers began to lacquer or varnish brass products to maintaining the bright finish. This lead to Brass being left in favour of metals such as stainless steel, aluminium and polished chrome, which were regarded as 'cleaner'.

So what are the main differences between Brass & Zamak?

- Cost - The cost of brass as a raw material is much higher than Zamak and therefore the manufacturing cost of brass products, is higher than that of Zamak products.

- Weight - Brass Products could weigh around double that of an identical product made from Zamak - Brass weighs 8.4 grams per cubic centimetre, whereas Zinc ore weighs 3.4 grams per cubic centimetre.

- Longevity - Brass is far less prone to corrosion than Zamak. Zamak is never left un-plated for this reason, whereas brass is regularly used with no plating or coating applied and is often seen as more desirable this way. Brass provides a more stable platform for the plating process - Chrome or Nickel will adhere to solid brass far more firmly than it does Zamak. Plating finish applied to solid brass finish is approximately 300% more durable than when it is applied to Zamak.

- Indoor/Outdoor application - Solid Brass based products can be used externally, Zamak based products cannot. Zamak products would deteriorate in a matter of weeks or months due to:

□ Extreme temperature changes

□ UV exposure after rain & frost

□ Chemical & Salt composition in the air causing the finish to flake off

- By contrast, Solid Brass-based door handles and knobs will last for many years under normal external circumstances.

- Scratching on Zamak from other Zamak items occurs much more easily than on solid brass.

Advantages of Solid Brass door hardware:

- Wear Resistant

- Spark Resistant

- High Strength

- Easy workablility

- Resistance to corrosion

- Attractive appearance

- Used where low friction is required

- Machinability while retaining core strength

- Susceptibility to plating

Solid Brass door hardware has been used for centuries and really only decreased in popularity during the last couple of decades of the 20th century, largely because of the need to regularly polish the metal to maintain its shine. Manufacturers began to lacquer or varnish brass products to maintaining the bright finish. This lead to Brass being left in favour of metals such as stainless steel, aluminium and polished chrome, which were regarded as 'cleaner'.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

Can you mix door knobs and door levers within a property?

Thursday, 3 October 2019 14:03:31 Europe/London

Can you mix door knobs and door levers within a property?

All hardware within an interior should be taken account of, down to the very last detail. Every element should be considered, whether it is designed to match or whether it is designed to inject dramatic contrast. Either design method works well, as long as it is done deliberately. If mixing door knobs and door levers is not done consciously, then it could look messy. If you choose to mix door knobs and door levers, we have some tips.

Matching hardware within an interior may, in some instances, include cupboard and unit hardware also. Wardrobes, drawer units, built-in wardrobes and even kitchen units could be linked with internal door hardware. A common theme could be chosen throughout all fittings, something complimentary. Alternatively, you may choose to create a contrast with statement door levers on the main doors and door knobs on other cupboards and drawer units throughout the interior. Having similar tones, like polished brass and satin brass is a safe ground to start on and should link different elements together to enhance the overall design scheme.

When opting to mix items of hardware in an interior it is important to ensure the different elements come from the same 'family' or door hardware. We would recommend ensuring that all doors onto a hallway or in an individual room look like they come from the same family of hardware. Wardrobes may have a door knob whereas bedroom have door levers, but they may all be in the same finish. Sometimes people choose to label their door's into types. This split could be ground floor and upper floors separately. Recently a choice that is stylish and very practical, is to have lever handles downstairs and door knobs upstairs.

When mixing door knobs and door levers within the same interior we have a few tips that may suit your taste:

- Maintaining the same finish or finish type with all main type of hardware. A different finish could be introduced in the cabinet furniture.

- Finding hardware with similar lines or design styles. This could be a bold geometric pattern or soft sweeping edges.

It could be a round rose or a rectangular backplate. The elements don't have to look identical but should complement each other and have the same overall feel.

- Scale of hardware & its location should be considered. Every item should look in proportion to its surroundings and also in proportion to other elements of hardware.

As always with any aspect of décor, the decision should be based on personal taste and design. In the past matching knobs and handles were popular; today it's considered more popular to blend in different finishes in one consistent theme. Bathrooms and kitchens require a different approach and may incorporate a split finish.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

The details are not the details. They make the design.

Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:51:23 Europe/London

The details are not the details.

They make the design.


Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

Are door knobs or levers/handle better?

Thursday, 26 September 2019 10:47:14 Europe/London

Are door knobs or levers/handle better?

Door handles and door knobs can both be used to open or close a door. A door handle is a lever operated device while a door knob usually is shaped like a oval or round shape. Although there is a huge difference in appearance, they both have the same function - to engage or disengage the latch bolt from the striker plate located in the door. Ultimately we view it as personal taste and choice which item is used however there are a few aspects of the functionality and aesthetics that we would recommend should be taken into consideration when making this choice.

While there is no single reason why you should choose a door handle over a door knob or visa versa, there are benefits and drawbacks that may influence the decision.

Door knobs of any design are capable of adding a touch of elegance and style to an interior. The same design of door knob can be situated in a highly modern interior or a rustic and traditional setting, in different colour ways and look equally stunning. Door Knobs especially add taste in older period properties, due to the more traditional nature of the door knob. Door knobs also suit modern renovations of period properties; and often modern finishes are chosen to compliment the blend of the old and the new.

When fitted correctly, door knobs can be operated by turning the knob either way regardless of the configuration of the door. Door knobs can come in a large variety of sizes to suit different size doors. Door knobs also need to be set back into the door further than a door handle to prevent users catching their knuckles on the door frame when using the door knob.

Door knobs require good grip to operate and turn the knob which sometimes can be challenging for children or the elderly who may not have enough grip to open a door, which could present a potential hazard in the case of an emergency.

With door handles a tight grip is not required to operate. Only light pressure is needed to open the door. For ease of operation, especially in case of an emergency, a set of door handles should be the first choice. If having a tight grip is not an issue, you may wish to opt for a set of door knobs.

Door lever handles are a much more recent technology than door knobs, although they have been around for hundreds of years. Now the door lever is very integrated with modern interior design. Door levers really counter the drawback of door levers when it comes to strength and dexterity of the user. Users will often find themselves opening the door with either elbow, which is a great demonstration of the convenience of the door lever.

With levers there is a wide variety of options which can facilitate different functions. Lever on round rose or lever on backplate are options that can be chosen for practical or aesthetic reasons. A door lever on a backplate can incorporate a keyhole or bathroom turn and release saving the need to purchase these elements separately.

Sometimes a door lever will not lend themselves aesthetically to older period properties. Function is an important aspect but in many homes aesthetics would play a vital part in the decision making process. In this instance aesthetics may be seen as a more important aspect than function in the decision making process.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway


Wednesday, 25 September 2019 10:45:25 Europe/London

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

Do door knobs or levers have to match hinges?

Thursday, 19 September 2019 13:50:52 Europe/London

Do door knobs or levers have to match hinges?

At Atlantic UK, we firmly believe the finish matters. So much so, that we believe every item of hardware throughout an interior should match and coordinate in style, including hinges, latches, deadbolts, and even other items of ironmongery such as door stops and flush bolts!

Finishing an interior well involves attention to detail, and matching the colour of a hinge may seem like a small detail, but it will really 'complete the look'. When choosing a bold urban finish like Urban Satin Copper, a unique contrast is created with the door furniture. This is accentuated with the matching hinge and latches.

With some door hardware, a different texture may be chosen for a more practical reason. When Polished Chrome door handles or mortice knobs are chosen, Matt Black hinges and latches may be fitted as the matching accessories if the door colour is black. Matt Black, may be seen as a more practical alternative in this instance as hinges and latches would match the colour of the door.

In most people's opinions door hardware is a small thing, often overlooked amid major items like furniture and paint colours when designing an interior. But the power of hardware should not be underestimated.

Items like door handles, matching hinges & latches and other items or ironmongery can really add style and sparkle to any space and often seen as "the jewellery" of a space, says the New York-based interior designer Young Huh. Just like the right necklace can turn a simple dress into a fashion statement, a striking set of mortice knobs on an rustic door, or a crystal encrusted lever in a modern dwelling can bring an glamorous air of style to your home with minimal expense.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

Showcasing Forme's Collection!

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 10:32:33 Europe/London

Showcasing Forme's Finishes

The Forme range boasts a collection of 11 stunning finishes. From the modern urban shades of black and graphite to the popular nickels and chromes, Forme has a finish to suit every look!

The striking appearance of the Matt Black finish creates an elegant look that’s sure to be noticed in any style setting. Matt Black is unique in its ability to serve as a bridge between the worlds of modern and traditional styles. It’s a fashionable finish that caters to a modern look.

Satin Chrome has a moderately contemporary look and feel that takes its origins from the Bauhaus style movement. The subtle luster is edgy and alluring but never grandiose.

Urban Bronze takes the modern Industrial look to the next level, achieving a unique finish that is contrasting in warmth and depth of character. Urban Dark Bronze is a darker take on our Urban Bronze finish.

Yester Bronze boasts warm, industrial shades of golden brown. Rich in texture, this finish is perfect for modernised barn conversions where style and taste is desired.

The Polished Nickel finish is a glamorous designer finish that’s adaptability allows it to blend into nearly any décor without being overlooked. It was inspired by the timeless sophistication of the Victorian Era. Because this finish is made from solid nickel, its colour and appearance can change with a simple change of lighting.

Satin Nickel is a versatile finish, full of brushed silver hues, that offers a tasteful and flattering accent to any project. Satin Nickel looks stunning against dark colors like black, navy blue or grey.

Urban Graphite finish has contrasting textures resulting in a rich appearance that sits well in stylish, modern homes but also offers a characterful alternative for rustic settings.

A stunning combination of Satin Chrome and Polished Chrome creating a moderately contemporary look.

The Urban Satin Copper finish is an ever increasing favourite in the design world. Urban Satin Copper's metallic look brings a warm glow into the home creating a designer statement.

The smooth-mirror like finish of Polished Chrome gives it a dramatic allure that never fails to make a statement.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

Why is it good to match ironmongery?

Thursday, 12 September 2019 09:26:12 Europe/London

Why is it good to match ironmongery?

Door furniture really creates the finishing touch for any interior. We believe, wherever possible, door furniture throughout an interior setting should match and therefore create a harmonious conclusion to the design.

By matching, we don’t just mean colour and finish. We mean style also. Matching hardware to the interior's form and style is fundamental to creating a well-designed environment. Different rooms within interiors may have slight variations on a style that should be catered to for example bathrooms or kitchens. These rooms will often have other fixtures and fittings that would closing link to the door hardware and therefore play a part in determining the style chosen.

Matching door furniture may not all be the exact same finish & colour. A blend of variations on a colour may be chosen, for example satin chrome and polished chrome. This combination would create contrast and interest to an interior setting and yet keep consistency within the setting.

In certain interior's a combination of different types of door hardware. A popular choice currently is a combination of door lever handles and door knobs in different areas of the home. Some choose to use lever handles downstairs and knobs upstairs.

The functionality of door furniture also needs to be considered when choosing door hardware. Bathrooms and areas that need to be resistant to water are better suited to hardware made from certain metals such as stainless steel and chrome.

From modern blacks, satin chrome's and nickel's to rich bronze's there is something for every modern dwelling. Traditional interiors which are more suited to warm brass, antique copper's and distressed silver's also have exuberant ranges within the Atlantic portfolio.

With every item of hardware, we truly believe the finish matters.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

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