One house we looked at in Germany had "normal" doorknobs. Sierra noticed and said, "LOOK!! American doorknobs!!" ...and this was her sole reason for wanting this particular house. :)
This is an American doorknob. It would be found on a door inside the house.It is nice and shiny and round. I didn't realize I haven't turned one of these doorknobs for a long time! Yes, they do lock! You just push them in and turn... wallah, it locks. Some even have little buttons on them that you can push and it locks. I miss these doorknobs. I think they are everything a doorknob should be. :)
These are the doorknobs we have now. I guess I'll have to call them "Danish Doorknobs". :)We can't ever lock these doors because none of us trust the key will unlock the door. It's an old looking key like you would see from... I don't know... A really long time ago when doors were invented. Plus, where do you put the key when you aren't using it? In our family we put them all in a box when we moved in so we wouldn't lose them. :) It makes sense to incorporate the lock into the knob, and with all this "Danish Design" you would think someone would take a break from designing chairs and come up with a useful doorknob locking design.
But here are our new German doorknobs...
Pretty unique I think. :) Sierra also noticed these and made me take a picture of them. I am now noticing that the "German Doorknob" is facing the wrong way. I hope that doesn't confuse anyone. :)
Now that I've typed the word "doorknob" that many times... and thinking that I could find more people here to refer to as doorknobs than actual doorknobs... I realize that doorknobs might not be called doorknobs at all here. After all, they are not knoby. Maybe they are doorHANDLES? A handle is on something you carry though. Duh.
While typing this I had decided that maybe I could install some good American doorknobs... but it probably hasn't been done because I'd probably need a new door. ...and that would probably be too many euros for me just to turn a round doorknob every now and then.