One of my first orders from the Lee Valley Tools catalog was for a big supply of these traditional ring pulls. I love this fastener for so many reasons. It is inexpensive. It looks great. It is made in Italy. It works with a wide variety of furniture styles, from Japanese tansu to contemporary.
But it is not easy to install.
Indeed, since 1996 I have received dozens of pleas from readers asking how to install this pull. They have offered me money, fame and wheels of fragrant cheese.
I have always declined. After all, I spent four years in the octagon of hardware installation, learning the right way to wield the hammer and the needlenose pliers. I studied the subtle twist of the putty knife under master Lee. I practiced the gentle way to push the nubbin of the steel staple into its perfectly sized hole under the third son of the founder of Shotokan, whom we call Giko.
And now I give this to you.
— Christopher Schwarz