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Classic Hardware 200099 Marella Design Forme Recessed Pull
I ordered one as a trial to install in a 3/4" thick cabinet door. First, the appearance is very nice satin nickel. It's a low-profile face, being a recessed pull, but it does have an attractive subtle contour, and the satin brushing flows perfectly with the shape. The contrasting ribbed "floor" is slightly shinier, but not reflective due to the ribs. I think it looks better than a black interior that is on competitive pulls, and it should be quite durable relative to finger nail scratches, etc.
On a comfort basis, the design is good. There are no sharp edges, unlike an all-stainless steel competitor that I assessed. There's just enough edge lip along the long side to give your fingers a grip when pulling open. Two issues should be noted: 1) the lip is along one side only, reversible, so if you have an installation that requires pulling both left and right, one direction will have less grip, and 2) the grip lip is adequate for fairly typical self-closing cabinet doors, bi-fold doors, and even my 7 ft tall broom closet door with 6 closing hinges, but if you have an application requiring lots of pulling effort, you may find the grip lip insufficient to really work comfortably. I think this is a rare situation, but be aware. Overall, the hand comfort, size, and finger clearances work great (I would not recommend a shorter or narrower recessed pull for a natural, four-finger operation).
Installation was straightforward, assuming use of a router. No instructions/dimensions/templates are provided. I used a 1/2" diameter router bit typically used for door hinge and latch mortising to plunge cut the pocket about 5/8" deep. No chisel work was necessary, as all corners have a good radius. You do need to keep the routed recess fairly snug to the size of the recessed compartment, as only about 1/8" face lip all around covers your hole. A clamp-on routing template or general purpose routing jig is useful to keep this hole accurate. Two screws retain the door pull from the rear side, located at the extreme top and bottom ends, and do not intrude on the finger space inside the recess. As noted, this was successfully installed on a 3/4" thick cabinet door, leaving enough thickness on the reverse side of the door to hold the screws. Thicker doors, like 1 - 3/8" would be no problem, but thinner than 3/4" probably won't work. Thoughtfully, 2 very long screws are provided with notched threaded sections that can be clipped off to match your door thickness. I have never seen this screw form that quickly allows shortening without needing a file to clean up the threads!
Sorry for the lengthy review. I was looking for a high quality, comfortable, elegant piece of hardware. This one was at the most expensive end of my range, but you get what you pay for. The "proof of the pudding" was I ordered 9 more of this door pull.
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