FSB is perhaps the best all-around manufacturer of modern door hardware in the world. It is always on the cutting edge both on the technology and the aesthetics. In the time we've been offering their hardware, they have continually upgraded their offerings, bringing their considerable resources to bear on issues big and small which move the state of the art forward, and satisfy the desires and demands of our best customers.
That just nailed it. We're often asked why our hardware is so damned expensive and, depending on the item in question, we have good arguments for the value that every piece of hardware we offer brings to a project. But when I read Ruskin's blast from the past, I realize, hey, the battle we are fighting, the battle for a better built environment, is not a new one. Schlock has always existed and will always exist. Gray market products are always going to seduce the inexperienced and callow. It's only companies like FSB and others at that level which provide us with the ammunition (dear as it is) to battle the entrenched mediocrity, armed with the best that money can buy (as long as it's in the budget, right?).