Are all interior door mortise locks created equally?
I'm trying to decide between Crown City Hardware and Charleston Hardware Company's brass interior mortise locksets. I love the look or Crown City's escutcheon plate and handle better, and their description of their mortise lock and skeleton key sounds like it's a very high quality product, but the mortise lock component alone is $99. For as many doors as we have I'm not sure this makes sense. I'm wondering two things: can I do the mortise lock from another company and use Crown City's knob and backplate together? And, are less expensive mortise lock sets decent quality? How do I know? I don't want to have to rip out the locks in a few years because I bought cheaper ones that don't function well. Thanks for any comments.