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Question Need help finding the right hinge

Hi! We built a new house last year and I installed Conestoga cabinets throughout - baths, kitchen, laundry, mudroom. Full overlay (1-1/4")**. There were a few items left undone so here I am a year later trying to wrap these projects up.

This weeks' project is pantry doors. Basically what I did was hide the entrance into the walk-in pantry behind a wall of cabinets - with a tall refrigerator cabinet in front of the pantry's cased opening. The two doors are on the way and I'll be installing them as in-swing butt doors (into the cavity where a fridge would normally go in this style of cabinet). They'll still overlay the face frame stiles by a half inch, but swing under the face frame rail above. The cabinet face frame is still where I'd like to mount the hinges (like the Blum euro style I have elsewhere), but I'm not opposed to adding some structure just behind the face frames inside the cabinet as it'll be hidden by the doors anyway.

Because these doors will be used often (we have 3 kids and the pantry is a popular place) I ordered them 1" thick, and at nearly 85" tall they'll have some heft to them - so I'm having a bear of a time locating decent hinges! The shutter hinges you see in the photos are the best comparison I've come up with, but I need adjustability if I'm going to do this right, plus those things have so much play in them that they're just too sloppy. I'm not so concerned about soft-close or other features like I was for the rest of the cabinets, and I think I have a good system in mind for a retainer to keep them from swinging out too far when they're being closed, but this hinge selection problem is really bothering me.

I figured it was time to ask the experts so here I am. Please tell me the perfect hinge is just a few clicks away and I've just been missing it all this time!

Thank you!

** Note: due to house trim, the new pantry doors as well as the upper cabinet doors above them will be 1/2" overlay.
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