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Since 1920, Guden has been a leader in supplying quality hardware products to industry. Our product line is a total solution for your enclosure, cabinet, box or case need. From Hinges to Handles, Gas Springs to Casters, Dampers, Latches, Catches, Supports and other associated hardware are all in stock to attain our goal of being your one-stop hardware source.

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We're Thankful For You!

Guden Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving, we give thanks for all that is good and prosperous, and all the blessings that our Guden family and company have. We are especially thankful for our loyal customer base, for without you, we wouldn't be here for nearly 95 years now.  In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, Guden will be closed Thursday 11/26/15 and Friday 11/27/15 so our employees can enjoy the time with their families, or run amok in the stores with all the other shopping nuts.  If you still feel the hunger to shop for hardware over this holiday break, you can visit our website product pages for price quotes, drawings, information and to place stock orders. We'll get back to you on Monday after the Turkey Coma is gone!  Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving. 

So What Do Looks Have To Do With It?

Guden Unequal Leaf Hinge
For many situations, the way a hinge looks doesn't make any difference, but in some applications, it can sure help.  I guess in this designer's eyes, looks didn't figure in at all with this project.  Sure, the hinge does fit nicely by extending one leaf a little longer than the other so the door is amply held in place, but I would think maybe a little more could have been done for spicing the look up.  Especially since it's on a decorative wine cabinet, and in full view of all the restaurant patrons.  At least in my opinion, the flat square steel shape just stands out pretty horribly. For situations like this, Guden can certainly help with some of the more cosmetic aspects of a hinge by rounding corners, and applying plated finishes such as chrome, nickel or even brass.  Check out some of this options Guden offers that can help the look of your hinges, right here on our custom site.  Because in some situations, looks do matter!

Our thoughts and support are with you Paris

Our sincere condolences to the families, friends, and people affected by these senseless acts.  We stand strong with any and all who fight acts of this nature.  Remain vigilant. Always. May the message be sent, that this will never be tolerated.

Thank you to all who have served

May we always cherish each and every moment of our freedom, all due to your courageous dedication to our country. We thank you each and every day, and especially honor you today, on this Veterans Day.

Try the New Guden Cam-Stay!

We're so excited about the functionality of this new product, we want to share it with you too! Our Cam-Stay is available in two versions.  One version is available in two sizes, a 5 position stay or a 10 position stay, and you just lift the lid or door to fully extend the stay to initiate closing it.  The 2nd version is available with 6 stay positions and you just need to lift it a few degrees to disengage the stay feature and close your lid or door.  Check out more about The Guden Cam-Stay here, and of course our standard lid supports too. There's also a video for your viewing pleasure.   They're great for shelving, furniture, or just about anything that requires it's multi-position capability and quick closing feature.  Just call the Guden customer service department 1-800-3HINGES (344-6437) for a sample, or email your request to 

What a Difference an Hour Can Make

Guden on time shipment
It's that time of year again when we wake up to sunshine, and go home to darkness.  But of course if you forgot to do this, you got to work an hour early today so save your "I'm late because I didn't set my clock" excuse for the spring when it can work.  And speaking of excuses,  you'll never get those from Guden. We strive to always get you the exact parts you request, and in the time frame that we promise.  And on those rare occasions when we do have to set your production clock back due to a late shipment, we promise to do what we can to ease the pain.  Our Guden team will always explore and offer any alternative options you might have and will work harder to get you back on the proper time schedule of parts. That's just the kind of followup service you've come to expect because at Guden, we know an hour early is always better than an hour late. 

Don't Let High Prices Scare You This Halloween

Guden low prices
No need to be haunted by ghastly costs and prices!  Guden takes great care to offer the best quality parts, and without any scares or frights when it comes to the competitive prices too.  We work our fingers to the bone to make sure you have the most menacingly insane low prices that we can offer.  No masquerade there.  Come be bewitched with our expansive product line. There are even several items we've brought back from the graveyard.  And for a frighteningly good time, try out our new search feature to scare up the exact part you're trick or treating for.    It's so devilishly smart, it even understands costumed competitor numbers and partial and dismembered item numbers too.  At Guden, we make hardware, and not becoming unhinged, easy!

Guden Knobs Pull Their Weight In So Many Applications

Guden knobs
It never ceases to amaze me how versatile Guden hardware can be.  Just take a look at this cardboard recycling unit.  The first thing I noticed about this product was the bright chrome knob attached to the front door and then immediately thought how ingenious it was to use this type of knob on cardboard.  Because this type of knob has a tapped hole, you can attach it to just about any surface, panel or door as long as you can use a screwdriver.  I knew it could always be used on metal, and for sure wood,  but now I knew it would work on cardboard too and this picture is the proof.

Our selection of Guden knobs includes raw brass  and chrome plated brass versions, plus die-cast versions in both dull and bright chrome finishes.  And now you know they're perfect for just about any material application you can think of. Check out all of our Guden knobs and the entire handle line.

Our Plain Steel Hinges Are High In Iron

Guden Plain Steel Hinges
Finding your iron levels aren't where they should be?  Guden can help!  Even more popular than spinach or liver, our plain steel hinges have just the right amount of iron for strength and malleability.  Almost our entire hinge offering is available in plain steel, with the exception of plastic hinges of course.   It's the least expensive of the popular metals and perfect for applications that will be painted, plated or finished to resist corrosion.  Check out the full array of plain steel hinge sizes and choices here, and be sure to make some a part of your healthy hinge diet lifestyle.

Taking Slip Joint Hinges to a Whole New Level

Guden Continuous Slip Hinge
For applications where two pairs of slip joint hinges just don't look right, Guden has two sizes of continuous slip joint hinges to completely cover your door gap.  Available in an 18" or 24" length, each is made in plain steel and is in stock in a left hand version.  Each slip hinge has a pin every 2" for multiple slip connections for a secure fit and the pin lengths are designed for easy alignment and engagement.  Check out these unique hinge parts on the Guden website here.

Total Eclipse of the Hinge

Guden Eclipse
OK, maybe that was just slightly a bit cheesy for a title, but then again, likening that amazing total eclipse of the moon last night to a Guden hinge might just be considered cheesy anyways. But here goes!

So walking out of a convenience store today, I was just in awe that I happened to see just a slight reminder of last nights lunar eclipse in a cut out on a hinge leaf.  I just thought that was so coincidental as you often don't see a cut out like this so out in the open, or at least maybe not more often than once every few dozen years.  It was almost as out in the open as the moon was in an almost cloudless sky.  But oddly enough I couldn't locate any other cut outs on the leaf, which left me wondering, "Why put this half moon shape here at all?"  Well eclipses may have been a mystery to ancient peoples, and this half moon shape certainly was one of the mysteries of my day.  But let us help take the mystery out of your custom hinges.  For information, hints, knowledge and other custom secrets and happenings, you can check out our sister site and if it's another half moon you're looking for, you can see our section at perforations and cutouts

New Stainless Steel Additions to the Guden Lid Support LIne

Guden Stainless Supports
We've expanded our Guden lid support line to include stainless steel versions of our popular 7752 and 7753 products. Every bit as strong and sturdy as our nickel plated line, our new versions add that extra corrosion resistance that's required in outdoor, marine, medical and food service applications. They're sure to meet your stainless steel support needs.

For more information: Guden Stainless Lid Supports

On this eve of the 9/11/01 anniversary, We Remember.

For most of us, we will never forget the morning when 19 terrorist hijackers took control of 4 aircraft with the sole intent of killing innocent Americans.  I'm so proud to be able to see the new One World Trade Center shining brightly downtown and if you have the opportunity,  go visit the memorial they've erected on the original Trade Center Towers site. I think it's a wonderful tribute to the people that were lost that day.   Nothing can ever replace them but we can hold the memory of them close and make sure it will never ever happen again.  We will never forget. 

On my last visit to the grounds this summer, I was proud to see that Guden had helped make a little of the memorial possible with a few of our gas springs that I spied on several of the kiosk trucks near the reflection pools.

No Labor on Labor Day

Well at least for most Americans anyway.  In observance of Labor Day, the H A Guden company will be closed on Monday, September 7th and will reopen on Tuesday, September 8th. For product information, drawings, explanations or to send an order and also get stock pricing, please see our website, or our custom hinge site to find everything you ever wanted to know and more about custom hinges. 

"Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country"

For a Faster Way to Price Quotes and Orders Try the New Guden Search Tool

The Guden search tool is a great way to quickly find the item you want and get a quick price quote. And now it also finds many other types of part numbers.

  • NEW - Find our custom part numbers too! All of our Z-xxxxx and xxxxxx-xxxx part numbers are indexed
  • NEW - Your internal part number. Yes, that's right, your part number. If you've given us your number in the past for a quote or an order, chances are it's in our system. Now there's no need to go searching your files for our number. The new search tool will lead you right to the Guden part number.
  • NEW - Common hardware catalog part numbers. We've been around for decades and have cross-indexed many catalog number systems.
  • NEW - MS- or A-A- hinge and hardware part numbers are all indexed to Guden part numbers.
  • NEW - National Stock Numbers, or NSNs. Guden has a huge number of NSNs loaded into our system to provide a quick cross match to Guden part numbers.
  • NEW - Use the form right on the search page to get extra help from our Customer Service reps. Just click Submit to have us find the part and get right back to you.

Just look for the box on the bottom of the left sidebar and give it a try!

At Guden, we make buying hardware, and now searching for hardware, easy!

Is it a Swage, or is it an Offset?

Guden swage and offset
With so much political correctness being bantered back and forth, it really does seem like it's all about words and terminology these days. And hinges are no different.  Certainly there are plenty of people who will use lots of different terms for what they mean or want to see in their custom hinges, but there are a few accepted terms that most in the hinge community will recognize and understand.

Swage and Offset are two of those terms that sometimes are used interchangeably but do have distinct different meanings.

Swage or the act of swaging is commonly understood as the operation of moving the leaf of a hinge in the direction of the pin.  There are even several swage types that can be called out so that the leaf location is already predetermined.  An Offset is slightly different, and usually understood as moving the leaf away from the pin.

But of course as with any rule, there is never any absolute because there are still some that say Offsets are Swages and vice versa.  It is best to show an end view of your hinge so it's absolutely clear what is meant by any term.

For any questions you might have for hinge terminology, please see our hinge glossary and also our custom hinge site.  Or just give us a call at 1-800-3HINGES (344-6437).

Get a Little Lift with Guden Gas Springs

Guden black rod gas springs
Or even a big lift!

Guden gas springs are available in a huge range of stock sizes, from 7.50" to 36.00" extended, and in pressures from 15 to 250 pounds.  We can also provide custom sizes and pressures to fit your needs.  Our selection of gas springs includes both the popular black nitride and chrome plated rods, plus several different end fitting choices.  Here we see a few of the black nitride gas springs at work.  It's easy to see how the an all black version of rod, tube and end fitting can quickly and easily blend in for minimum distraction in your application.

Check out the entire line on the Guden website

A Simple Way to Attach a Guden Caster

Guden stem caster
This was a great example of using a stem mount caster and not requiring too much other additional hardware.  Most often when you use a stem caster, you need to have a threaded insert built into your cabinet, enclosure or machinery to accept the stem, but in this case, it was simply inserted through a hole in the metal and fastened in place with a nut.

Guden carries a wide assortment of E R Wagner casters and can supply just about any part number they carry, many from stock or with a very short lead time.  Check out the entire line of Guden casters here.

Connect With Guden 24/7

Guden customer service
Unless of course you're out in the middle of nowhere, with no signal, no laptop, no land line and at that point, probably no hope.

Guden proudly offers highly trained and knowledgeable Customer Service Representatives, all eager to take your call, handle your email, or process your faxes, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm EST or EDT. All with the Guden smile and friendliness we've come to be known for.

For all the other times, you can visit us online at to get product information, drawings, do quotes, and even place orders. You can also visit our sister site for a wealth of information on custom hinge.  We've loaded the site full of explanations, drawings, videos, models and just about everything you'd ever want to know about creating a one-of-a-kind hinge.  But of course it is, we're the hinge experts after all!

Now THAT'S a Multi-Use Hinge!

So as you're walking around any normal construction or building renovation site, you'll often see these small temporary structures put up for offices or supply storage, or maybe even just to cordon off electrical systems. And in this case, I just started poking around as any good Hinge Whisperer I know would do.  That's when I saw the distinct knuckle feature that I've come to know and love, and which tells me that I've found a continuous hinge.  The hinge was being used to connect the walls together.   As I ran to check out a few of the other buildings, my suspicions were confirmed as to why they used the hinges instead of something more solid. It was easy to see that the buildings were in odd spaces, and with the hinges allowing the walls to be positioned in any angle, not just a standard square room with 90 degree angles, the structures could be of the maximized size and shape to fit anywhere.  Some of the structures were even made of just 3 walls in a triangle shape, and one made as a 5 walled office.  A very ingenious use of a continuous hinge for sure.

You can check out the entire line of Guden continuous hinges here, and who knows, you may just come up with your own fantastic use too!

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