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Armac Martin is a British brand of kitchen handles & knobs designed and manufactured in Birmingham since 1929. They are also known to feature in some of the world’s finest kitchens. Every one of their products is designed in-house, with meticulous attention to ensure that their commitment to design and quality is met time and time again.

For the last few years in the world of kitchens there was a huge demand for handleless cabinetry, but handles in our eyes will never completely go out of fashion. Combining handle styles and materials can give you a beautiful and individual dream kitchen that will be loved for many years.

At Nicholas Bridger Handmade Kitchen Company we are proud to offer these luxury finishing touches to our clients. There is a large array of finishes available to compliment your style and personal taste. All products are also produced from solid brass for absolute reliability and longevity with the plating being applied on top. They really are a great type of handle style to fit perfectly in to a traditional shaker or a contemporary in-frame.

 

A bit of history on Armac Martin

Armac Martin was founded in 1929 by local brassfounder Harold McGrail. Armac where he worked was a manufacturer of reproduction of furniture fittings. He retired in 1988 aged 83, where he sucessfully led the business through the most difficult of periods in WW2. Harold’s son then took over the company after his retirement, and set up relationships with many distributors around the world. Armac re-branded in 2012 and Armac Martin was born. Throughout their 90 years of trading they have become a leading name in luxury cabinet hardware fittings.

As Armac Martin celebrate their 90 year anniversary, they are still driven with a passion to continue to design and create luxury cabinet hardware, with exciting new products planned.

A handful of the available Armac Martin Collections (because there are so many)

Washwood- The Washwood collection offers a classic look that is suitable for all types of cabinetry looks. The collection comprises of a solid-brass knob set on a machined square backplate. Three sizes available of the solid-brass forged pulls and an appliance pull.

Kingsheath- The Kingheath collection is manugactured from solid-brass, which has a simplicity in its design that gives a modern look. The collection consists of one size of knob, a t-bar handle, three sizes of cabinet pulls and an appliance pull.

Withenshaw- The Withenshaw collection offers a classic look that is perfect for shaker style kitchens. The collection consists of two solid-brass forged pulls and two solid-brass precision turned cabinet knobs.

Cotswold- The Cotswold collection is a range of more traditional items that are suited to shaker style kitchens. With three styles of knobs, two styles of drawer pull, three options of catches and a cabinet pull. One of our projects was completed with the Cotswold collection. You will see more on this below.

Latchford- The Latchford collection is machined from solid-brass and is a very traditional style of handle. The collection consists of one size of knob, two sizes of pulls and an appliance pull.

Merrick- The Merrick collection is machined from solid-brass and is traditional in appearance with a reeded design. The collection consists of four sizes of knob, two sizes of pulls and an appliance pull.

Gaumont- The Gaumont collection is manufactured from solid-brass and can be fitted vertically or horizontal. The stepped edge designed on this type of handle brings a slight deco look. The collection consists of one size of knob, three sizes of cabinet pulls, a t-bar handle and an appliance pull.

Bayonne- The Bayonne collection is manufactured from solid-brass, coming from the minimalistic range of hardware which consists of cabinet pulls and an appliance pull fitted onto seperate backplates.

Bakes- The Bakes collection is designed by kitchen designer Robert Bakes. The collection consists of three sizes of knobs, four sizes of cabinet pulls, an appliance pull, a refrigerator latch and a refrigerator hinge.

Bournville- The Bournville collection is manufactured from solid-brass forgings, and create a fabulous look and feel. The collection consists of two sizes of knobs, three sizes of cabinet pulls and an appliance pull.

A hand selection of the available finishes

ACP (Antique Copper Plate Lacquered)- This finish is hand sateened to give a brushed satin finish. A copper plate is then applied on top of the copper. The polisher then relieves the finish to give an antique copper finish. At the end of production, a highly durable clear satin lacquer is then applied which is baked in the ovens to ensure the lacquer cures to offer lasting protection.

ASP (Antique Silver Plate Lacquered)- This finish is hand sateened to give a brushed satin finish. A silver plate is then applied before a bronzing powder is applied on top of the silver. The polisher then relieves the finish to give an antique copper finish. At the end of production, a highly durable clear satin lacquer is then applied which is baked in the ovens to ensure the lacquer cures to offer lasting protection.

CBP (Chocolate Bronze Lacquered)- This finish is hand sateened to give a brushed satin finish. A bright copper plate is then applied. A bronzing powder is evenly applied to the copper, which is smoothed out for a consistent finish with a copper undertone through the bronze. At the end of production, a highly durable clear satin lacquer is then applied which is baked in the ovens to ensure the lacquer cures to offer lasting protection.

COP (Polished Copper Plate Lacquered)- This finish is hand polished to a smooth mirrored finish. A bright copper plate is then applied. At the end of production, a highly durable clear gloss lacquer is then applied which is baked in the ovens to ensure the lacquer cures to offer lasting protection.

HBN (Hand Burnished Nickel)- This finish is hand polished to a smooth mirrored finish. A bright nickle plate is then applied. The finisher then hand burnishes the product to achieve a natural looking aged appearance.

* Nickle is less durable than chrome. To preserve the finish, a soft cloth used occasionally with a metal polish will help preserve the finish.

NBP (Burnished Nickle Plate)- This finish is hand sateened to give a brushed satin finish. The product is then lightly distressed. Finally, a dull nickel plate is applied to the product.

* Nickle is less durable than chrome. To preserve the finish, a soft cloth used occasionally with a metal polish will help preserve the finish.

PBL (Polished Brass Lacquered)- This finish is hand polished to a smooth mirrored finish. A highly durable clear gloss lacquer is then applied which is baked in the ovens to ensure the lacquer cures to offer lasting protection.

PCP (Polished Chrome Plate)- This finish is hand polished to a smooth mirrored finish. A bright nickel plate is then applied before a chromium plate is applied on top of the nickel.

*Chromium plate provides a very durable and hard wearing finish.

SAL (Satin Antique Gloss Lacquered)- This finish is hand sateened to give a brushed satin finish. An antique patina is then applied to the brass before being relieved back to give the satin antique finish. At the end of production, a highly durable clear gloss lacquer is then applied which is baked in the ovens to ensure the lacquer cures of offer lasting protection.

*Baking the lacquer ensures that a harder and more durable layer will protect the finish from day to day usage and oxidisation.

Classic Shaker Kitchen – Bishop’s Stortford

Our beautiful project in Bishop’s Stortford was completed in a Grade II listed property with our popular Classic shaker style. The layout of this kitchen consisted of two parts. The main kitchen featured a large island centred in the middle and a handmade bar, with the second part of the kitchen built into a galley style. Our client chose the Armac Martin ‘Merrick’ handles and knobs in a polished chrome throughout their kitchen to provide a stunning contrast against the two-tone colour scheme. The Merrick collection is machined from solid-brass and has traditional appearance with the reeded design.

Classic Shaker Kitchen – Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex Project

The project we completed in Stansted Mountfitchet has been finished with Armac Martin handles from the Cotswold collection, finished in a chrome finish. The classic bespoke in-frame kitchen style is handmade and been hand painted in a neutral colour so the handles shine through, and match with other fixtures and fittings. These handles are ideally suited to a shaker design, and were a perfect choice for this classic shaker hub of the home.

 

Contact us today to find out more on the Armac Martin handles – we look forward to hearing from you.

For other handles we supply please see our Handles page.

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