- Emtek locks have heavy duty mechanisms
designed to provide trouble free service.
Knobs and lever handles are supported by springs
mounted behind the rosettes and sideplates.
These springs return the handles back to the
"rest" position and prevent lever sag.
Latches are heavy duty diecast construction, with strong internal
springs, solid brass nose bolts and sintered
A plastic bushing located in the joint between handle and rosette
ensures a friction free wear surface. This
prevents metal from bearing on metal and
provides smooth long-lasting operation.
Handles are positively connected to rosettes with a permanent clip
Spindles are spring loaded "half spindles" pre-installed into the
base of each handle. Half spindles are more
forgiving of imperfect door preps. If the holes
in a door are drilled out of alignment the
spindles still have a good chance to operate the
latch without binding.
Each Emtek handle has a set screw which, when tightened, eliminates
"handle wobble." Set screws do not hold the
handles on but serve to remove any looseness
after other installation steps are completed.
Emtek levers have a fixed stop at the top of their stroke. An Emtek
lever will only rotate down, not up and down
like most products found in homecenters. Emtek's
European style construction yields a solid,
positive feel for every lock.
The threaded tubes inside an Emtek lock are machined brass, not
steel. The use of brass ensures good threads and
prevents corrosion for easy installation and
- Many Emtek handles and sideplates are
authentic reproductions of antique designs.
Old Town and Astoria style lead crystal door knobs were made by
many North American factories as early as 1830
and continued in vogue through the 1930ís. Small
versions of these two styles were highly popular
for use as cabinet knobs during the same period.
Porcelain knobs were used even earlier, going back to the 1700ís.
During the early 1900ís they became less common
in America, but continued as a popular style in
Canada and the U.K.
The Rope Style, used in Emtek knobs and levers and rosettes was
developed in England during the early 1800ís and
is associated with Georgian architecture. Rope
designs were introduced into North America
Belmont Style sideplates were manufactured by the Sargent Lock
Company, in New Haven, Connecticut during the
1910ís and 20ís. This style is associated with
the Arts and Crafts Movement.
The Quincy Style sideplate was a staple in North American product
lines during the period 1880-1940. It was
introduced as a clean, straight forward response
to more ornamental European designs. Emtekís
Quincy sideplate is a heavy forged part, an
improvement over more common stamped versions.
Emtekís highly decorative Victoria Style sideplate is a replica of
one manufactured by the Yale & Towne Company in
New Britain, Connecticut beginning in 1910. As
itís name implies, it is representative of the
Victorian school of design.
Lafayette, Normandy, Savannah, Jamestown and San Carlos wrought
steel levers and knobs can be used to enhance
American Colonial or Rustic Ranch decor. All of
these handles reflect a primitive
- Emtek uses genuine materials and traditional
craft techniques to achieve authentic
Emtek handles and rosettes are forged, not cast or stamped. The
forging process provides a flawless surface
which can be highly polished when desired. The
generous thickness and weight of forged parts
gives them a solid look and feel.
Emtek Diamond, Old Town and Astoria knobs are lead crystal. The
optical quality of lead crystal makes Emtek
knobs clear and brilliant.
Flat facets on Emtek crystal knobs are hand ground and polished
with the same methods used to polish gem stones.
Old Town and Astoria knobs are silver mirrored on the back side
creating a highly reflective interior surface.
This is a design detail that is true to the
historical heritage of these knobs. As far as we
are aware, Emtek is the only source for genuine
Shanks for crystal knobs are solid brass, machined to close
Brass handles, rosettes, sideplates and shanks are hand-buffed to
achieve the highest possible polish.
Wrought steel handles and rosettes are hot forged, distressed and
relieved to achieve an appearance of graceful
French Antique , Pewter, and Oil Rubbed Bronze finishes are hand
relieved to give each part an individual
Emtekís oil rubbed bronze finish is underlain with copper. Normal
use will produce natural relief of the oxidized
finish and reveal rich highlights on raised
portions of the design.
Latch nose-bolts, faceplates and strike plates
are solid brass, not brass plated steel or zinc.