Blog posts of '2020' 'February'

Gotham Gun Metal/Polished Chrome Range by Fortessa (Boss Door Controls)


The new Gotham collection is a special edition range by FORTESSA. The collection reflects passion for a powerful design and enduring styles. Inspired by the spirit of excellence the Gotham collection is distributed exclusively by BOSS DOOR CONTROLS as part of the FORTESSA portfolio of highly specified products. The collection is available in the UK only through specialist stockists.

Every FORTESSA lever is manufactured and finished to the highest standards and hand checked for quality. The range is supported by the FORTESSA 10 YEAR OPERATIONAL GAURANTEE

The Gun Metal is a very rare finish, however due to the dual finish mix on the levers it also allows you to bring the Polished Chrome finish from the Door Handle into your other accessories round your home

Please feel free to browse the new finish by Fortessa, 

Here at Handsome Handles & Doors we are always adding to our growing finish range 

Antique Brass Range


One of the most popular finishes supplied by Handsome Handles is Antique Brass range. We offer a wide range of products that will compliment your home, from Antique Brass Door Handles on Backplate, Antique Brass Lever on Rose Door Handles, Antique Brass Pull Handles & Antique Brass Push Plates right down to Antique Brass Door Stops, Antique Brass Hooks.

When used in a tasteful way in a home, brass never goes out of style. It's not necessary to use it all over your home. A little brass goes a long way!

While people may not be as interested in covering their rooms in wall-to-wall brass, it is well-suited to accent pieces, fixtures, lights and other smaller decor items. So yes, brass is back

2020 is setting up to be a year where we say goodbye to stainless steel, chrome, and polished nickel, and welcome brass accents back into our homes. Brass is a surprisingly warm and subtle alternative to the expected steel accents and will be sure to add an everyday sense of elegance to even the simplest of spaces.

Heritage Brass - M Marcus

Handsome Handles welcomed Heritage Brass - M Marcus many years ago to our growing range of ironmongery products, here is what they have to say...

M Marcus

Heritage Brass is the widely recognised brand of M. Marcus Limited, one of the leading suppliers of architectural and electrical brassware in the U.K. M. Marcus was established over sixty years ago as a traditional brass founder, and from the very beginning it has been committed to quality both in its products and its customer service.

Since 1940's the company has grown consistently, and on the basis of good customer relations has established strong markets worldwide for its Heritage Brass brand. The high standards of quality widely recognised as hallmarks of Heritage Brass brassware have been achieved by continuous investment in personnel and equipment.

At the company's manufacturing facilities, elegantly styled hardware and electrical plates are produced using the latest equipment. This enables quality control to the highest standards at every stage. Accurate reproduction of beautifully created product features is guaranteed by close attention to tooling.

In addition to its commitment to continuous product development, the company places much emphasis on the need to maintain the highest levels of service to its customers. It has a fully computerised order entry and dispatch system and maintains high levels of product availability to support its network of distributors. Service to its customers is complemented by its ISO 9002 Quality Assurance Standard registration.

During the 1980s, we altered our manufacturing processes from traditional "Sand Casting", to the more accurate "Pressure Casting" and during the 1990s to "Hot forging", which is now our preferred method of production to maintain consistency in design and quality. During the 1990s we have also seen further changes in technology with the use of Robots to polish products which have for centuries been polished by hand.

Whilst "Hand Finished" has a nostalgic image, as far as quality of finish is concerned, robots polish consistently and accurately allowing us to set a quality target which can be maintained.

Durability of finish depends on the composition of the lacquer, and also its application.

When used externally, different environmental conditions (e.g. salt spray, humidity or pollution), could adversely affect the durability of the lacquer, however our experience shows that the lacquer coating may last from one year to a number of years, depending on the location.

For optimum durability we recommend our "Everbrite" process which carries a 25 year finish guarantee, and which is available on selected range of door handles and accessories.




Rutland door closers give you more choice, easy installation and an enhanced end user experience

Our cleverly designed, durable door closers contribute to safe and attractive building environments.
We support successful projects and an efficient supply chain with our unrivaled enthusiasm and helpful service.
Rutland products feature on millions of doors worldwide, from hospitals and schools to manufacturing facilities, skyscrapers and historic buildings.



Every Rutland component is the result of extensive research and third-party testing to optimize performance, durability and value. All our products adhere to the most robust global safety standards, and in many cases our testing is more extensive than industry certifications.
Carlisle Brass

Handsome Handles welcomed Carlisle Brass many years ago to our growing range of ironmongery products, here is what they have to say...



Our experienced team is made up of 12 RegAI and 15 DipGAI qualified team members, as well as a UK Fire Door Inspection Scheme diploma holder (DipDF) and a Master Locksmith (BLI). The skills and experience of our team, alongside our tried-and-tested manufacturing methods, have helped us develop a reputation for excellence over the years.


Established in 1986, Carlisle Brass is a long-standing designer, manufacturer and distributor of architectural ironmongery. We are the UK’s largest specialised developer of door and window furniture for both residential and commercial properties.

Not only are we ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 accredited, we have been recognised with Gold Member status from the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

As such, we’re the preferred supplier for many of our customers. The top 10 UK housing developers specify Carlisle Brass products for their new build projects, while more than 1,000 customers have chosen to trade with Carlisle Brass for more than 10 years.

We manufacture an extensive product range including door handles, door knobs, locks and latches and more. You can view our full range on our products page.

There are a number of brands within the Carlisle Brass brand family, with many — such as Eurospec — well-established in their own right. More information about our brands can be found here.

With a growing customer base extending across the globe, we have established a headquarters in Dubai, UAE, which supports our primary headquarters in Carlisle, where it all began.

Despite our continued growth, we remain committed to product innovation and development, manufacturing an extensive range of architectural ironmongery. Our products are distributed through a strong network of trade outlets in the UK, supported by our nationwide team of specification and sales representatives.

Why choose Carlisle Brass?

Product innovation and in-house design team

Stringent testing processes and accreditation

Over 95% OTIF delivery commitment

Specification and scheduling service

Industry-awarded technical support and training

Offline and online marketing

Dedicated cylinder shop

Deanta Doors

Handsome Handles welcomes Deanta to our growing range of Door products, here's a little of what they have to say




As one of the UK’s leading internal door manufacturers, we deliver outstanding quality and original design throughout the UK.


Unlike most door suppliers in the UK, we manufacture all of our doors in our very own manufacturing facility. This not only allows us to control stock supply, but it also gives us full control of the quality control process to ensure every door that leaves our factory is of the very highest standard,


We ensure all of our doors are of the highest quality, so we only use hand-picked veneers from North America. All of our prefinished oak and walnut veneers are FSC certified  and feature solid cores, so you can ensure you’re buying the best by choosing Deanta.


Customer service is at the core of everything we do. We believe in developing long term, trusted relationships with our customers who are mostly door merchants – and to their customers – designers, architects and builders. That’s why they keep coming back to us.