Founded on the American Dream in 1946, Baldwin has delivered the highest quality door hardware since its humble beginnings in New Jersey. Throughout its 60 years of business, innovation and quality are what have always separated Baldwin from its competitors. Baldwin was the first to forge solid brass door hardware and its Lifetime Finishes guarantee is one of a kind. Baldwin's product line is one that offers lasting value, superior function, and unparalleled style.
Baldwin Manufacturing Facts
Baldwin's quality is derived from a combination of quality materials and expert craftsmanship. Below are some interesting facts about the materials used and processes followed to manufacture a piece of Baldwin hardware.
100,000 pounds of brass stock ships to the Baldwin manufacturing facility from local foundries each week.
Brass billets are heated to 1300 degrees before forging.
200 tons of force forges brass billets into knobs, levers, and handlesets.
On average, 30 people touch a piece of premium Baldwin door hardware throughout the manufacturing process.
Heavy gauge steel is plated with a rust-resistant coating on all Baldwin lock cases.
In this video Chrysten shows how easy it is to give your door a facelift with new Baldwin door hardware.
The catalog of Baldwin hardware is separated into three main collections. Each collection is designed to meet specific customer needs. Below is a guide to help you choose the optimum piece of hardware for your home:
The Prestige Collection
Available in 3 Finishes
Rustic and Traditional Styles
The Reserve Collection
Available in 8 Different Finishes
Solid Forged Brass Handles, Knobs, and Levers
Styles in Modern, Rustic, and Traditional
The Estate Collection
Solid Forged Brass Construction
Available in 22 Different Finishes
Many Style Options
Mortise, Tubular, and Multipoint Lock Types Available
Baldwin manufacturers its door hardware out of brass due to its durability in strength and in appearance. Holding a piece of solid brass hardware in your hand instantly conveys quality. Brass is heavier and stronger than door hardware composed of aluminum or plated steel, resulting in smoother operation. The forging process requires more time and resources than the more popular casting technique where liquid metal is poured into a mold.
Brass arrives at the manufacturing facility in raw bars where it is then heated and forged by expert craftsman into its final shape. Next, it is trimmed and polished. The result is an immaculate piece of hardware that is ready to be finished. Baldwin's commitment to quality ensures it will use forged brass for years to come.
Baldwin Lustrous Finishes
Baldwin hardware has grown its catalogue to offer an impressive 21 finishes. Finishes are available to appease all tastes and décor, from clean and modern to worn and vintage. Each finish style requires a different manufacturing technique to create the perfect piece of hardware.
Chrome, Nickel, and Bronze are manufactured with up to 30 layers of metal plating over solid brass for maximum durability.
Living Finishes are aged 6 to 12 months and continually change over time to reveal a classic vintage character.
For the most reliable finish, choose a fixture with Baldwin's Lifetime PVD finish. PVD stands for physical vapor deposition, which offers a high quality finish to withstand harsher, coastal conditions. The process includes a formula of layered nickel alloys to prevent against aging and to provide resistance to corrosion from air with high salt consistency. Baldwin was the first to offer Lifetime PVD finishes for decorative hardware. Also, Baldwin is the only manufacturer that has lifetime finishes in Satin and Polished Nickel.
Baldwin Warranty Information
For over 60 years, Baldwin has been one of the most trusted names in the hardware industry. All Baldwin products are manufactured with the utmost care and precision to provide endurance in functionality and finish. Baldwin stands behind its products by offering one of the industry's best product warranties. For detailed information on the Baldwin warranty, click here.