Hinging on your success: part 1

Today, Cliffside begins a new series: an in-depth examination of our industry-acclaimed solid brass hinge line. In the past several years, Cliffside’s hinge line has undergone several standardizations and expansions to better serve the needs of our customers. We have added finishes and made our line easier to order and understand. We have also added and expanded several newer hinge lines because our customers have demanded new items that maintain the high level of quality and Old World craftsmanship for which Cliffside is known.

Our examination begins with Cliffside’s oldest, best-known, and most widely recognized hinge: the 2″ leaf adjustable mortised butt hinge known as BH2A.

BH2A

Quick facts

Birth of the BH2A, from concept to creation
Birth of the BH2A, from concept to creation
  • Leaf length: 2″
  • Overall length: 23/4
  • Open width: 15/8
  • Barrel diameter: 4.5mm

Details

The finial-tip BH2A hinge has been part of the Cliffside hardware line for many years. It is the most popular hinge that we carry, and it is on our top-10 list of best-selling items. Designed with strength in mind, the BH2A is extruded, rather than stamped, and the finishes are plated to resist powdering and damage. Our BH2A hinge offers one of the tightest reveals in the industry; many top manufacturers use our hinges specifically for that reason.

Another point is Cliffside’s wide finish selection in this line. The BH2A with the standard steeple finial is available in 15 standard finishes. 11 of these are part of our signature hardware line and can be used in conjunction with Cliffside’s solid brass hardware suites. We offer two distinct antique brass finishes (the dark AB and the lighter AE), two oil-rubbed bronze finishes (the matte-brown OA and the copper-highlighted VB), and a variety of other colors to suit many tastes and needs.

BH2A-BALL

The BH2A-BALL, shown in Iron
The BH2A-BALL, shown in Iron

Quick facts

  • Leaf length: 2″
  • Overall length: 27/16
  • Open width: 15/8
  • Barrel diameter: 4.5mm

Details

Constructed with the same attention to detail that characterizes all Cliffside hinges, the BH2A-BALL is a relative newcomer to the Cliffside line, first making an appearance in early 2009. The BH2A-BALL is made by the same extrusion process as the BH2A; the only difference is the attractive ball finial which graces the barrel in place of the standard steeple-tip.

All of the BH2A-BALL hinges come in finishes to match our solid brass hardware suites. These 11 finishes are the flagship of our line and represent the most popular selections among our customers. With a wide variety ranging from polished chrome to black, this hinge is a winner sure to please.

BH2A-NF

Three identical hinges with different finials
Three identical hinges with different finials

Quick facts

  • Leaf length: 2″
  • Overall length: 21/16
  • Open width: 15/8
  • Barrel diameter: 4.5mm

Details

Although several finishes of the BH2A-NF have been available since 2000, this line only came to its full fruition in 2010, when it was expanded to 11 finishes to join Cliffside’s hardware suites. Because the BH2A is offered in three different finial types (steeple, ball, and button), it is the most versatile hinge in the Cliffside line, providing numerous choices for any customer.

The 11 finishes available in the BH2A-NF are the same as those offered in the BH2A-BALL. All of the Cliffside hinges can be viewed in our newest “Fine Hardware Collections” catalog, available online for your viewing pleasure or in print (request a print copy here). Check back in our next installment to see another offering in the Cliffside mortised hinge line!

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