Franke Fireclay sinks are all crafted by hand, and many are crafted by world famous ceramic firm Villeroy and Boch who have been making fine ceramic for over 260 years. These sinks are both beautiful and functional and make a welcome addition to any kitchen.
Fireclay Sinks are made by injecting liquid ceramic into porous plaster molds at high pressure. When not quite dry, the fragile pieces are smoothed with coarse and smooth sponges to create an even surface. The drain and sink holes are then punched out according to the individual design of the sink. The sink is then dried at room temperature for several days before a final drying in the dryer reaches a maximum temperature of 160 degrees for 40 hours.
After the sink is dry, it is fired in a kiln at 2,200 degrees for 20 hours before the craftsman makes the final inspections. The sink is tested to stringent guidelines using calibrated testing equipment. The sink is then carefully packed to prevent damage during transport.
As you can see, a lot goes into making one finely crafted Franke KSD fireclay sink. Other benfits fireclay sinks offer you are extremely hard, scratch resistant hygienic surface, durability, resistance to staining, less cleaning time, and insensitivity to acids and alkalis. For all your Franke KSD needs on the web please visit Karl’s Appliance
Are you looking for a new sink to finish off your new kitchen? Look no further than luxury stainless steel sinks from Franke. Here are some of the reasons that make Franke the “luxury” sink.
Seventy percent of the world’s sinks are made of stainless steel. The fact of the matter is that not all stainless steel is created equal. Franke is the largest purchaser of stainless steel in the world, which gives them access to their choice of the world’s best materials. Franke sinks are made of stainless that ranges from 16 to 20 gauge. Gauge refers to the thickness of the stainless steel on a scale of 8 (thickest) to 30 (thinnest). Franke bases their choice of gauge on what is best fitted to their manufacturing process. This range of thickness is perfectly suited to their “deep draw” technique of using a single sheet of metal to produce a sink to reduce the welding marks.
Sustainability and Eco Friendliness are also of extreme importance to Franke. Eco friendly stainless steel is 100% recyclable. Franke stainless steel is made up of nearly 70% recycled material. Much of the world’s stainless steel comes from low cost countries, but Franke chooses to get their stainless steel at a higher cost from countries such as Germany, Spain, Belgium, and Finland. These manufacturers take pride in the fact that they are using recycled stainless steel.
Franke sinks are all fabricated by hand. The joints are all welded together and then a molten material is applied to further achieve a perfect joint. This is the Franke difference. For multi bowl configurations, each bowl is circle welded to the frame, not seam welded. This prevents any unsightly weld seams from showing on the center of the sink. Most stainless steel sinks come pre polished. Franke sinks achieve their silky luster by hand finishing each sink so they keep their beauty over a long period of time. This luxurious ultra satin surface also makes the Stainless Steel easier to clean.
Stay tuned here for part 2 discussing Franke Fireclay sinks. For all your Franke needs on the web be sure to visit Karl’s Appliance.