Six of the best doorknobs

1Liberty, pounds 14.50 This pewter fist could be a little disturbing to have appearing through your door. It is part of a vast range at Liberty, ranging from the weird to the traditional. From Liberty, Regent Street, W1 (0171-734 1234). Marks out of 10: 6

2Sesamo by Philippe Starck, pounds 125 Die-cast aluminium, hand-polished and chromed. Very "designer", but not very user-friendly: the handle is big and the edges are sharp. Other examples include chrome teardrops. From The Conran Shop, 83 Fulham Road, London SW3 (0171-589 7401; mail- order available). Marks out of 10: 6

3Knobs and Knockers, pounds 173.95 Top-of-the range period mortice knob, hand- finished. If brass knobs and knockers are your thing, then look no further than this shop. Knobs and Knockers Ltd, 385 Kings Road. London SW3 (0171- 352 5693; mail-order available). Marks out of 10: 8

4Ghislaine Stewart, from pounds 30 Wood tusk handle in African blackwood. From a selection of 40 hand-made, imaginative designs in wood or bronze. Ghislaine Stewart Designs, 110 Fentiman Road, London SW8 (0171-820 9440). Marks out of 10: 9

5Indigo, pounds 19.50 Blue cut-glass and brass door handle from Indigo, a specialist in handicrafts imported from India and China. It also has a best-selling carved bone handle that is made in Rajasthan. Indigo, 275 New Kings Road, London SW6 (0171-384 3101; mail-order available). Marks out of 10: 8

6 Haute Deco, pounds 15 Brighten up your cupboards and drawers with these resin doorknobs; they come in a range of mouth-watering colours such as orange, lime green and strawberry. Haute Deco, 566 Kings Road, London SW6 (0171-736 7171; mail-order available). Marks out of 10: 10

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