Let's talk about sink construction for a minute. There are a few issues we all should be aware of. First, lets talk about copper sinks. We use only certified 99.9% virtually pure copper. We do not use recycled copper which can be tainted with arsenic, lead and mercury. We copper weld our seams for strength and beauty. We weld using the sink material as the welding rod. We weld each seam inside and out - for strength. Our welds are free of pinholes which are a sign of poor craftsmanship.
We use cold rolled hard copper, not a soft copper or an annealed copper. Soft, and annealed copper, is very malleable. It does not hold its shape well. We feel it is not strong enough to support a garbage disposer. We can not get a hand hammered look (similar to the imports) with a cold rolled hard copper - the copper is too hard!
We use a cross break pattern inside the sink to allow for proper drainage. Oddly enough, many of the sinks we see on the market have a dip toward the drain only in the nearby area. The perimeter of the sink is virtually flat. That design will most certainly pool water, especially if the sink is not installed perfectly level. Our sinks will drain properly even if the sink is not perfectly level (within reason, of course). Nothing is more frustrating than to have to wipe out a sink after each use. Take at look at the imported sinks, and some domestic copper sinks. Little or no provision for proper drainage.
We never place a drain in the center of the sink. Again, look at the imports using center drains - 50 year old obsolete designs. A drain in the center of a sink is nothing less than ridiculous. As soon as the user places an item in the sink, the drain is obscured and/or blocked. Consider the daily frustrations. Our drains are placed in the rear right, rear left or rear center.
We use heavy 48 ounce copper in our sinks. That means the copper weighs 48 ounces (three pounds) per square foot of material. We feel this is the optimum thickness in a hard copper. It affords all the strength needed without wasting precious resources. Softer copper requires significantly thicker material to match the strength of our copper.
We do not use a dark finish on the interior of our sinks to hide welding and construction imperfections. We are not embarrassed by our welding abilities, and we build sinks that are square and true. We have seen imported apron sinks which were as much as 1/2" out of square.
We design our sinks to be cabinet friendly. Our apron lips over the face frame of the cabinet instead of sliding back into the cabinetry. It is near impossible to get a good fit on a sink which slides into the cabinetry. Being a cabinet designer for almost 3 decades, I put my cabinetry background to good use when designing our sinks.
Our warranty does not expire. One can tell quite a bit about the construction of a product and the integrity of a company based on how long they will stand behind it. We stand behind our products forever because they are built to last forever.