Stainless Steel will tea-stain (rust) if not cleaned correctly, please visit the section titled care and maintenance to learn about the properties of Stainless Steel and a suggested maintenance regime. This information applies to all Stainless Steel products, not only Knobs and Handles.
Whilst many of our handles may be used on integrated refrigerators and dishwashers, we cannot guarantee our products for this use. Our knobs and handles are designed for cupboard doors and drawers that use smaller gauge fixings than appliance handles.
Product dimensions can change over time due to design improvements, tooling up-grades and plating processes, if the dimensions are critical to your needs, please ask us to check current stock for exact dimensions. Because printers vary, PDF files are not suitable to scale from.
As Kethy offers a comprehensive range and the latest in designs, we source products from many producers in many countries; this sometimes means that a colour or finish in one style may vary from another. Colours of batches may differ as does dye lots vary on fabrics, please check if matching one style with another in the same project.
Brass is noted for its colour and beauty; however it is also subject to some natural discolouration over time when exposed to air. Our brass products are coated with the finest lacquer available; even these lacquers have limitations and may wear with varying amounts of use and environment factors. Whilst brass will last for many years, the lacquered finish cannot be guaranteed unconditionally.
Greg Steele Trading, (Kethy Australia) unconditionally guarantees our products against defects in workmanship or materials, subject to fair wear and tear within the normal working life of the product.
We cannot be liable if the products are subject to:-
- Incorrect installation or failure to follow instructions.
- Use of a product for which it was not designed.
- Improper or lack of maintenance.
- Harsh or corrosive cleaning products including acids, alkalis, bleaches or strong solvents. These will damage most metal or lacquered products, not only knobs and handles
Timber is a natural product and the colour of a tree will vary, not only from tree to tree but also from within a single tree. This variation is due to the many environmental and nutrient factors the tree will experience in its lifetime. The colour of natural timber will change when exposed to UV light generated by the Sun.
The screw depth on handles can vary depending on the design, our technical drawings detail this. Most knobs and handles have sufficient thread depth to allow a 22mm or 25mm screws to fix to either 16mm or 18mm doors or drawers. We will supply the correct screw for these thicknesses depending on the handle; we also will supply longer screws upon request, up to 50mm long.
Yes, however there are some limitations and safety protocols that should be observed
- The diameter of the hole is determined by a combination of the glass thickness and the handle fixing fittings, check with your glass supplier for hole size and location which will vary with glass type and thickness. Check the handle specifications to ensure the handle and its fitting is suitable for the hole size in the glass.
- Suitable glass thickness should be determined in accordance with the human impact safety requirements see (section 5) in Australian Standard AS1288-2006: Glass in building – selection and instillation.
- We recommend toughened safety glass, this will minimise the likelihood of the glass cracking around the handle holes, which is likely with laminated or other un-toughened glass.
Knobs and Handles are made from several different raw materials, often this is determined by the shape and size of the product, each raw material has advantages and limitations, some of the materials are:-
- Aluminium – Most aluminium is extruded which is ideal for longer lengths. Aluminium can be finished by anodising or electroplating.
- Brass – This is one of the oldest metals used for knobs and handles, it is ideal for knobs and can be electroplated or coated in clear lacquer to allow the natural beauty of the metal.
- Stainless Steel – can be hollow tube or solid – Ideal for longer lengths, usually hand finished to provide a natural look.
- Timber – The warmth and natural appearance is the attraction for timber, mainly used for smaller knobs and handles.
- Zinc (Zamac) – Most cupboard door handles are made from Zinc alloy as it is an ideal material for die casting to produce intricate shapes. Zinc alloy can be finished in many ways to provide a large range of finishes.
All metal products are affected by particles in the atmosphere, the most effective way of ensuring a long life is to clean regularly with warm soapy water and then dry with a soft lint free cloth – Please refer to the section Care & Maintenance.
Even if salt spray is not a problem, ordinary household dust is very corrosive to most metal surfaces if allowed to settle and stay in place for a long period. Cleaning regularly with warm soapy water and drying with a soft lint free cloth prevents this damage. This applies to most metal surfaces in the home.