How to Care For Hand-Forged Ironmongery

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Traditional hand-forged ironmongery products need to be protected from rusting. There are a variety of process that modern ironmongery uses for rust protection.

Our range of hand-forged door furniture products are made from mild steel and given a black passivate finish.

What Is Passivation?

In order to protect the surface of certain metals from the decaying nature of rust, a technique called passivation is often used. This technique renders the surface "passive" so that a protective layer, such as a metal oxide, can be applied.

Caring for your Hand-Forged Black Ironmongery

Our collection of black Bolts, Pulls, Hinges, Nails and Latches are traditionally hand-forged with a black passivate finish. All items also have a natural beeswax coating. The beeswax is primarily to keep the item rust free during transit.

When your item arrives

WD40 with a hand forged hinge and cloth

After unpacking your new item wipe over with a soft cloth. Spray a mild solvent no stronger than WD40 and then buff with a cloth.

Not to be used outside

Due to the danger of rust, our black hand-forged items are not recommended for external use.

We suggest our hand-forged Pewter Collection of Bolts, Pulls, Hinges and Latches for external doors or gates.

Alternatively the black hand-forged items could be sprayed or painted with black Hammerite. This is not advisable, however, if you live in a coastal area, where the risk of rust is too great.




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The Suffolk Latch Company is based in the picturesque town of Clare on the Suffolk/Essex Border. We specialise in the supply of traditional hand forged black ironmongery.

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