Flatware buying guide
Other than great design (which we have covered) what makes great flatware? Find out here.
Is thicker better?
Often, the greater the thickness, the more expensive the product – but thicker doesn’t always mean better. How does it feel in your hand? Sometimes slimmer feels better. No matter what style of flatware feels best to you, you can be sure that our flatware will stand up to whatever you put it through. You can even scoop hard ice cream with our spoons!
Any flatware, no matter what finish or grade, will mark over time. We think this patina makes it more beautiful!
The truth about stainless steel
In order to be called stainless steel, a steel alloy must contain at least 11.5% chromium. All of our flatware is made using a minimum of 18% chromium, and labeled as either 18/0 or 18/10 stainless steel. 18/10 stainless steel contains nickel in addition to chromium, which adds to the steel’s resistance to corrosion. Both our 18/0 and 18/10 stainless steel are meticulously made to last a lifetime with proper care.
Stainless steel stains less – it’s not stain-free. Stains should wash away with a soapy cloth or stainless steel cleaner. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a stain you can’t get out! We’re here to help.
Good flatware should feel balanced in your hand. Well-balanced pieces will fit comfortably in your hand whether you are cutting, lifting or piercing food.
“Nicely designed, heavy-feel utensils with
a beautiful lustre, and quality above all.”
Polished flatware can look more formal, crisp and classic, while a matte finish can often look softer and more contemporary. While matte flatware is less likely to show scratches, polished surfaces will develop an attractive patina over time. We also offer some coloured patterns and many of the patterns in our Handmade line feature black forged handles, for a more rustic look.
Stainless steel can last a lifetime with proper care. Avoid soaking for prolonged periods, damp storage conditions, abrasive cleaners and steel wool. Use a liquid or cream detergent and dry after washing. Stains and spots can be removed with a soapy cloth or stainless steel cleaner.
For a more formal look and feel, you may want a pattern with larger, more European proportions, like many of our Elite patterns.
“Exceptional quality. This flatware is well
made and elegant.”
Knife blades contain more carbon and less chromium to ensure blades are sharp and stay that way. Blades are forged for maximum strength. The stainless steel required for strength is also more susceptible to rusting, so make sure to dry your knife blades as soon as possible after washing to avoid rust spots!
The highest quality knives are often hollow-handled, offering the best balance in your hand. Our hollowhandled knives are expertly TIG welded from two or three pieces and are offered in a limited collection of specialty patterns.
Our Everyday monoblock knives are forged from a single piece of steel and offer a heavier, more sturdy feel in your hand. Solid-handled knives are a staple in most of our patterns and are always a great choice at your table.
The bottom line
Recognizing good flatware all boils down to: Does it feel good in your hand? Does it fit with your sense of style? Does it feel like quality? Is it satisfying, useful and beautiful? Does it fit with your sense of value?