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How To Choose A Flatware Set

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Statistics show that on average a household would buy only three flatware sets in a lifetime. It might seem hard to make such an important decision but think of it this way- there are two main things that you should consider: how the set feels and how it looks.

If you are still struggling, let our guide break down the basics for you and help you choose the best flatware set.

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What are Flatware Sets Made of?

Sterling Silver

Made of at least 92.5% pure silver, sterling flatware is a true heirloom. It is an expensive investment but think of how it will be passed down generations to come. Also, compared to other materials, sterling silver makes for the most elegant and formal of dinnerware. It is highly recommended to keep sterling flatware in felt pouches when not used for longer periods of time.

Silver-plated

Considered as a less-expensive alternative to sterling, silver-plated flatware is just as durable and offers the same amount of elegance. It has a 100% silver coat on top of another metal such as nickel or brass. Keep in mind the thicker the silver coat is, the better quality the flatware is.

Classic Sterling Silver Flatware Set
Sterling Silver Flatware Set with Simple Curved Handle
Sterling Silver 4 Piece Flatware Set
Sterling Silver Floral Flatware Set
Sterling Silver 66 Piece Flatware Set
Sterling Silver Flatware with Triangle Handle

Stainless-steel

Stainless-steel flatware sets are the most common you can find on the market, so it is important to understand how to determine which is of good quality. If you look at the back of a fork or a spoon, you will notice there are different numbers engraved, ranging from 18/10 and 18/8 to 18/0. These numbers indicate the percentages of the different metals added to the steel. The numbers 18/10 mean that there is 18 % chrome and 10% nickel. This is the best grade you can find because the higher the nickel content is, the more protection the flatware has from corrosion; 18/8 would be mid-range flatware and 18/0 is the most prone to rust and obtain damage.

Simple Stainless Steel Flatware Set
Stainless Steel Flatware Set with Pearl Details
Stainless Steel Flatware Wooden Box
Modern with Lines Stainless Steel Flatware
Decorative Stainless Steel Flatware Set
Colonial Style Stainless Steel Flatware

Acrylic-Handle Flatware

The main benefit of acrylic-handle flatware is that you will have a huge variety of styles and patterns to choose from. They can look stunning on formal occasions as well as everyday use.

Pewter

Pewter sets are a great option for vintage and retro lovers. They provide a rustic feel and beautiful patina. Best of all, they do not need to be polished.

How Many Flatware Pieces Do I Need?

The term referring to the number of utensils needed to eat a simple meal is called place setting.

3-piece Place Flatware Set
4-piece Place Flatware Set
5 piece Place Silver Flatware Set
5-piece Place Flatware Set with Black Handle
6-piece Place Flatware Set
10-piece Place Flatware Set

How Many Place Settings Should I Purchase?

It might be obvious, but it all depends on how many people will need to be fed and if you have guests often.

How Do I Know Which Set Will Be Most Comfortable to Use?

Weight and Balance

Deciding on the weight mainly depends on your personal preference but you should know that flatware that are egregiously back- or front-heavy can throw off the entire balance of the utensil. Other pieces that are light can be too thin, which can be associated with cheap and easily bended. A high-quality product will typically be classified as medium or heavy weight.

Length and Shape

European flatware usually comes with elongated fork tines and this has spread as a trend with many American companies as well. Longer and thinner tines are said to bring more elegance to a table. As for spoons, some European design are grotesquely huge, which makes them uncomfortable to be used. Spoons differ mostly in the shape of the spoon bowl, which can be deep or shallow.

Knife Manufacturing

How Do I Know a Flatware Set is of Good Quality?