Lee Valley Knife Hinges | Popular Woodworking Magazine

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Tool: Hinges for knives Buy now

Producer: Lee Valley

MSRP: $ 24.90 +

The first time I installed the knife hinges I did it with an inexpensive pair, thinking it would be a good way to learn the process without wasting a lot of money on what is a notoriously picky piece of hardware. Instead, I learned why quality knife hinges are worth every penny.

Any play or wobble of the hinge will appear in the door swing and making adjustments after installation is difficult if not impossible. Knife hinges made of thin stamped steel, with irregularities in the thickness of the leaves or imperfections in the action of the pin, simply don’t work as they should. You can’t pay me enough to use the cheap ones again.

With that first set of knife hinges in mind, I was reluctant to try the Lee Valley ones. Once I took them in my hands, however, I was more confident. They have the weight and fluid action of quality hardware, and the brass versions are hard to distinguish from those of Brusso (along the standard by which knife hinges are measured).

Likewise, as far as installation is concerned, I recently installed a few pairs of Brusso hinges and wouldn’t have crossed the road for the difference. Like the Brusso line, Lee Valley hinges are available in straight and offset orientation and in a wide range of sizes. You can choose between brass or stainless steel and they are priced considerably lower than Brusso’s similar hinges, meaning Lee Valley will likely become my first stop for knife hinges.

If I have one complaint, Lee Valley hinges don’t come with screws. Not a big deal with brass hinges, but the stainless finish is similar in appearance to brushed nickel, so matching screws is a challenge. While I love the look of the stainless versions, I would like Lee Valley to supply the matching screws.


Bonus:
Learn how to install knife hinges with this pdf download


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