A sampling of Carena items in four finishes

The next big thing

You asked for more… we give you more! Here’s the next peek at “who’s coming to dinner” at Cliffside.

You’ve already been introduced to “Moderno”… now meet “Carena”, the second of our new contemporary hardware suites. These samples just arrived at our warehouse today and we’re so excited to bring these new suites to you that we just couldn’t wait. So, here’s a little teaser of what’s on the way from our European manufacturers.

Two new styles, four classic finishes… and more new hardware on the way. Stay tuned for even more updates!

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New hardware sneak peek

Cliffside will be launching several new lines of hardware in the next few months. We’re not going big with a reveal just yet, but here’s a little teaser of what’s to come!

Our new “Moderno” suite is one of two new contemporary hardware suites. We also plan to add two more traditional cabinet hardware suites as well, bringing our total to 10.

To complement our industry-leading cabinet hinges, we’re also going to be adding a line of architectural exterior door hinges. You choose your finish from five available, and you can also add different finials for a unique look.

 

Door hinges in OA and SB
Coming soon: Door hinges available in four sizes, five finishes, and two styles (plain-bearing and ball-bearing). Your choice of additional finials also available (sold separately).

Others to look for include new lines of stainless steel hardware, as well as the other new suites of solid brass hardware made in Europe.

Coming soon:

  • Two new contemporary suites…
  • Two new traditional suites…
  • New stainless steel pull designs…
  • …and new door hinges!

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks!

New Cliffside website

New Cliffside website launching today

Followers of our blog may notice a change if you visit the Cliffside website… we’re launching a brand-new site design today! Why would we make this change, you ask? Here’s why:

New content

Cliffside’s committed to providing you with the best high-quality on-site content, and our old site really wasn’t delivering the best bang for our buck. Our new site will provide you with even more information about our high quality cabinet hardware.

New products

2015 will be the year of new products for Cliffside: we have now added new lines of glass and stone cabinet hardware to our product offering, we’ll be launching a line of high quality door hinges in summer to accompany our already superior cabinet hinges, and we’ll be launching as many as four new hardware suites this year as well. There will also be a new “Cliffside Choice” product line – you’ll see a huge influx of products to the new website, and now we’re better equipped to handle it.

Enhanced user experience

This new website will operate much more smoothly and efficiently than our old site. While there are always a few bugs and kinks to be worked out with a new system, we’re confident that you’ll be thrilled with the new functionality and enhanced content that will appear on our site.

We’re thrilled to launch our new site today and look forward to hearing your feedback!

Cliffside hardware featured in a custom Hamptons kitchen

Our hardware was recently featured in a blog by one of our online dealers, Martell Hardware, whose customer put our Classic Suite hardware in Silver Satin on their beautiful white Shaker-style kitchen. It includes a paneled refrigerator and freezer with three 12-inch CC handles, a matching paneled dishwasher with an 8-inch CC pull, and 5-inch pulls on the drawers. Highlighting our capability to mix and match, this homeowner went outside the box and matched the 100 knob, part of the Scroll Suite, with our Classic Suite pulls.

Cliffside Industries Rope Suite Solid Brass Hardware

(h/t MartellHardware.com)

This is a perfect example of the versatility and functionality of Cliffside’s solid brass hardware suites.

Thanks for featuring Cliffside, Martell Hardware!

Talking turkey about unlacquered brass hardware

So, Thanksgiving is coming. Let’s talk turkey.

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No, really, let’s be frank.

Frank Sinatra

Ha, ha. But enough with the jokes.

Because there are very few companies remaining in our industry who offer fine-quality solid brass cabinet hardware, we are often asked about the possibility of getting unlacquered brass cabinet hardware. When our finishes don’t work for an end-user, or they want specifically to match an existing piece of hardware, or a faucet, or even anything else, getting custom plating on unlacquered hardware is sometimes viewed as a solution.

However, there can be problems with this process. Customers often ask about this option before they consider the risks and complications involved with using unlacquered brass. Here are a few of the reasons to choose already finished brass hardware instead of unlacquered:

Unlacquered brass hardware oxidizes.

The first is probably the largest and most common problem. Unlacquered brass can oxidize. Since brass is made mostly from copper, you’ll often find that it will change color and oxidize (not rust, that’s iron) if left exposed to air. Even the smallest amount of moisture or humidity can tarnish copper products, whether they’re pure or alloys like brass. For an example, here’s a photo of a raw K341 cup pull. All it’s done is sit in our (very dry) office for about 6 months:

brass-cup

You can see the tarnish that even the moisture from fingerprints has left on this raw pull, and you can only imagine how much handling goes into packaging hardware before it gets to our warehouse.

The thing that makes this issue even worse is the fact that our products are shipped in by marine freight; that means that they are trucked to port, then put on a steamship, then trucked here. They sit on the dock at the harborside, and then they float on across the ocean, and then they sit on the dock up in New Jersey while they wait to be cleared by customs and brought to our warehouse. The more moisture there is in the air, the worse the tarnishing gets. If we’re not careful, pretty soon, your hardware is going to end up looking like, well, this:

Statue of Liberty

That’s right… the Statue of Liberty is made from copper. It was originally copper-colored (no, it wasn’t always green). The distinctive verdigris patina that we all recognize today was developed by exposure to the moist salt air in New York harbor.

Unlacquered brass has to be cleaned, treated, and polished before finishing.

After the raw brass comes out of the forge or off the lathe, it has to be cleaned using a special wash and treated before it goes to the finishing or plating company. In some cases, there are additional steps to be performed, such as polishing. This depends on the finish that you want.

The tarnish that can occur during a marine shipment just adds to this problem, because you’ll have to have all that tarnish removed before you can plate the hardware. This adds time and labor hours to the process. It could also affect the integrity of the material underneath, depending on how the tarnish is removed.

Unlacquered brass contains lead.

This is probably the most important reason why unlacquered brass hardware isn’t something that Cliffside offers regularly. Primarily, brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, but it also contains other metals, one of which is lead.

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Brass contains lead.

Without the protective layer of lacquer, we run the risk of potentially exposing our customers to lead. We’re a service-first company, so we’re always thinking about you. This means we’re absolutely not willing to put you at risk by shipping you hardware that could potentially be dangerous.

All Cliffside hardware is lacquered.

For these reasons and more, we only ship out lacquered, finished hardware. Cliffside’s products are not currently available unlacquered for these and other reasons. We’re happy to continue being your provider for the best in high-quality solid brass hardware, and we’re committed to keeping you safe and happy. So check out our line of lacquered brass hardware today for the best selection of high quality products in the kitchen and bath industry!

An award-winning distributor of traditional solid brass hinges, knobs and pulls respected industry-wide for our customer service. Family owned and operated since 1987.