Washing Your Stainless Steel Flatware

Smart Dishwasher Tips For Keeping Your Stainless Steel Flatware Looking Chic and Shiny

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For something we depend on so regularly, there is surprisingly little information available about effectively using a dishwasher! A little knowledge can make all the difference between having gorgeous stainless steel flatware and spending hours scrubbing intricate flatware patterns over the sink.

How many times have you broken a nail trying to scratch off that little “bit-o-mystery” sticking to that supposedly clean bowl or stainless steel flatware? How often have you needed to drag out your scrub brush to get debris out of intricate flatware patterns? How often have you rushed to set the table for guests’ timely arrival, only to find dark spots on your stainless steel flatware or a bit of this morning’s eggs decorating your intricate flatware patterns?

Your dishwasher may be responsible, but it’s likely the way you are loading it!

Dishwashers are a great convenience. Intricate flatware patterns come out sparkling clean without effort and stainless steel flatware shines brighter than silver–but only if they are used correctly.


Monogrammed Flatware: Yay or Nay?

A monogram is a character that symbolizes someone or something. It’s usually comprised of one to three letters. Once an object has been monogrammed, it is considered to be sealed. It signifies that the item is owned by someone.

According to Raquel Laneri’s Is Monogramming Classy or Tacky? (Reference)Monograms have been around for a long time. In fact, the people from Ancient Greece used to inscribe the first few letters of their city’s or ruler’s name on the coins. “During the Middle Ages, merchants and artisans, as well as tradesman painters and publishers, used monograms –their own or their guild’s–to sign or brand their work,” the author wrote.

These monograms gained immense popularity during the Victorian era. Most of the bourgeoisie in this timeline liked to carve their initials on almost every type of item. This includes linens, shirts, lockets, and even carriages.

Continental and American

In the world of monogrammed flatware, there are two styles- the Continental and the American. With the Continental style, the symbol is placed at the back of the flatware’s handle. With the American style, the character is placed on the front side, but if it obstructs the ornament pattern, it will be placed at the back.

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Some people love fancy monogrammed flatware but some simply don’t. Why do you think so? Here are the banes and boons of monogramming:

Hands-up, yes!

  • Personalized, all mine!

There are people who would go hunting for monogrammed flatware and wouldn’t mind staying up all night in the internet looking for utensils with their exact initials or for someone who would monogram their flatware with new ones. They simply love the personal touch monogramming brings to their ordinary silverware even if it cost much on the flipside. Most even buy sets. They are also used as wedding giveaways.

  • Vintage and Artsy!

Even though the initials in the tableware are different from theirs, some choose to buy monogrammed flatware because they are antique and artistic. For them, it gives a classic look to their home or collection. Some people even frame them or put them on display. A post from Silver Magpies noted the fascinating quality of old monograms. “The actual workmanship on an old monogram truly is a work of art. Hand lettering is worthy of admiration.  ”

Thumbs down, no!

  • Those aren’t even my initials!

For others, monogrammed flatware is a no-no. They just use traditional and normal utensils instead of flatware owned by someone they do not know. An eBay guide  recommends “that (one) should not buy a starting collection with a monogram that is not the first initial of your last name, no matter how good a deal you think might be on offer, as one is unlikely to ever be satisfied with the collection.”

  • Monogrammed may mean less value

Some cross-out tableware with inscriptions in their list because it lessens the value of silver. A guide on sterling silver says that monogramming will reduce the value of your sterling by 25-35%. Some people do not want their things to lessen in value that’s why they keep their utensils and other items free from these inscriptions.

The explanations above are just few of the reasons why someone could want to seek or stay away from monograms.

How about you? What are your thoughts on the matter? Are monogrammed pieces cool or not? Join the discussion in the comments!


Dirilyte: A Full Course Dinner for Tableware Fans and Collectors

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Gone were the days of the essentially proper table setting rules when it comes to eating at home with your loved ones. That’s ancient history now in this age of fast-food, take-outs, and food trucks. Owning precious sets of tableware was the norm back then, especially for full-time moms. One name that was very big in decades past is Dirilyte – a manufacturer of golden-hued flatware (spoons, forks, knives) and hollowware (bowls, coffee and tea pots, pitchers). Although not plated and containing no trace of gold, these utensils are still sought after for the company’s story and value until today.


Putting the Flash in Flashback

The company started out when Swedish metallurgist Carl Molin developed a solid-through bronze alloy in his homeland in 1914. He brought his creations to New York and was greatly received that he decided to produce more. 1919 saw the founding of Dirigold as a partnership between Molin and Oscar von Malmborg. Selling big time, several Swedish-Americans proposed its expansion in the US that led to its establishment in Indiana several years later.


1935 brought about the name change into Dirilyte for the purpose of not misleading the public into thinking there’s really gold in it. Its popularity and production continued that the company started making them with the Bonded Protectant (BP) coating in 1961. This gives the utensils a distinct sparkle and eliminates the need for polishing. Public interest eventually waned and production finally ceased in 1986.


Dine Like a Boss

Dirilyte tableware was extremely expensive back in its heyday. A five-piece setting costs over $700. If you’re into collecting vintage tableware, you’re lucky now that it costs much less than that. A 90-piece service set was reportedly sold at $599. For authentication, pieces are marked with either the company’s name and/or a cloverleaf logo commonly found under its handles.

Additionally, four standard patterns were made by the company: Empress, Florentina, Tuscany, and Regal.  The Empress and Florentina showed a more straight-edged handle while the Tuscany and Regal sported a more contoured one.


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(image credits: http://www.artfire.com/)

All that Glitters Is Gold

Care instructions for Dirilyte tableware with or without BP finish are almost the same. The only difference is that the pieces coated with BP do not require polishing, while those without coating need to be treated with the company’s own heavy-duty polish that’s still in production and available today. To ensure that your golden-hued utensils maintain its shimmery appearance and fine condition, follow these simple and easy steps:

  1. Do not wash the pieces in a dishwasher. Instead, wash by hand immediately after use. Use warm water and mild detergent or soap.
  2. Rinse well and dry thoroughly.
  3. Apply Dirilyte polish for non-BP tableware only as soon as tarnishing appears.
  4. Store only in untreated flannel wraps.

The Wrap-up

These days, fewer households are practicing the art of proper table setting. However, it doesn’t mean that it is not fun to try it every once in a while. If you’re looking for fancy pieces of tableware to add in your collection, then you should definitely grab a set from Dirylite.


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The History of the Saratoga Chips Server



These days, fries, chips, and other delectable snacks are all eaten with the hands. However, did you know that these foods were actually served with fancy silverware in the old days? Yes, you read that right. Back in 1873, rich people from the Victorian era did not want their potato chips to be touched by human hands because they feared of their food being contaminated with germs.

So in order to serve potato chips, they used a piece of sterling silver flatware called the Saratoga Chip Server. Although this utensil is not commonly used in this modern time and age, it still holds a lot of value, especially among flatware collectors. Its well-made construction, complex design, and rich history make this chip server a must-have item in one’s household.

Let’s travel back in time and discover the rich history of Saratoga chip servers.

A Short History of the Potato Chip

In order to discover the origins of the Saratoga chip server, it is necessary to know the humble beginnings of the potato chip.

The very first potato chip recipe was created accidentally during the late 19th century. It happened inside a small restaurant called “Moon’s Lake House” which was located in Saratoga Springs, New York. George Crum, one of the cooks in that joint was trying to appease a customer who was unhappy with his French fries.

The customer kept on sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen because he thought they were too thick and soggy. Out of frustration, Crum sliced the potatoes into wafer-thin strips then fried them up to a crisp and sprinkled them with a lot of salt.

The result was an extremely crunchy dish that is impossible to eat. It was deemed impossible because back in the days, gentlemen and ladies from the upper class would never dare to pick their food up using their bare hands. Since the potato chip has a crisp and thin texture, it would instantly shatter when pierced with a fork.

But to Crum’s and the restaurant owner’s surprise, the customer loved the new dish. Since then, it has been part of the restaurant’s menu. It was then known as “Saratoga Chips”.

Creation of the Chip Server

As mentioned earlier, the upper class didn’t want to touch their food with their own hands. So in order to serve them brittle Saratoga chips, companies like Tiffany, Gorham, Reed & Barton, and others developed a specific type of silverware called the Saratoga Chip Server.

Aside from keeping germs away from potato chips, this handy utensil was also used to drain excess oil from food using holes found on its surface.

Before, potato chips were considered as appetizers in fancy restaurants and not as snacks. That is why people prefer to serve them with this utensil.

Decline in Production

The Saratoga chip server was not the only specialty silverware that was invented during the Gilded Age. The lavish tables of the nouveau riche were filled with a variety of silverware such as fried chicken tongs, cucumber servers, sardine spades, berry spoons, and a whole lot more. There was such an excess in silverware production that in 1925, Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover created a decree which stated that an American Silver Service can only have up to 55 types of silver pieces.  Once the decree was enacted, most companies halted the production of different types of silverware, including the Saratoga chip server.

The Wrap Up

The Saratoga chip server may not be commonly used today, but it is still a great collectible piece. And if you don’t want your homemade chips to be greasy, you can also buy this utensil to drain excess oil from your beloved snack. Do you have this classic piece of flatware at home? If so, feel free to visit the comments section and share your happy dining experiences when using the Saratoga Chips Server!

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Size Matters: Continental VS American Flatware Sizes

Most of us love having our meals out, but have you ever noticed how different restaurants have different types of flatware? Some, you can clearly see came in a set together with the flatware. Meanwhile, others seem to be individual pieces that complement the overall design and theme of the place. Some are bigger and heavier than others. Does this mean that the bigger and heavier ones are more expensive? Not necessarily. Sometimes it just means that they’re different types of flatware.

So there are 3 types of flatware, all with different sizes, balances, and uses: Continental Flatware, Place-size flatware, and Luncheon-size Flatware.

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This type of flatware is the shortest in length, and is the hardest one to find today. Its length was made to balance the dimensions of the luncheon plate; however, it’s not commonly used today. You’d most likely find it in older flatware sets, but rarely in restaurants or homes.



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Also known as European Size, this is the type of flatware that is the longest in terms of length.  The dinner knife, dinner fork, and soup spoon of this type is longer by approximately half an inch, compared to the place flatware; and approximately an inch compared to the luncheon flatware. Apart from their length, these flatware pieces are also slightly thicker and heavier compared to both their luncheon and place counterparts.  In continental or European style, you would typically find the monograms (or stamps) at the back of the handles, because their forks are held with the tines downward.



Also known as American Size, this type of flatware is what you would traditionally see in American households. However, even though the continental size of flatware is becoming increasingly popular in the states, the place size is still the cutlery of choice. They’re lighter and easier to manipulate compared to their continental counterpart.  In the American style of flatware, the monograms are placed at the front of  the handle because typical American cuisine is done with the fork tines held upward to eat.


Continental VS Place sizes

Here are some of the common pieces with their size differences between Continental and Place.

Flatware Piece

Continental Size

Place Size

Knife 10 1/2″ 9″
Fork 8 1/2″ 7 1/2″
Salad Fork 6 1/2″ 6 1/2″
Soup Spoon 7 5/8″ 7″
Teaspoon 6 1/4″ 6 1/4″

As to which style of flatware is better is all a matter of preference and what you grew up with. Some people like the heavy feel of the continental style, because (to them) it screams quality. Others, however, prefer the lighter and more relaxed size and feel of the American or place style due to their convenience.

What style flatware do you have at home? Do they match your dinnerware at home? Planning on purchasing new ones anytime soon? What type? Sound off in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

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Gorham Chantilly:The timeless, unique, & brief history of a flatware

The aroma of the food prepared for the whole family touches your nose –the scent slowly entices your already rumbling tummy. You see the table being set for the lavish feast that everyone will be enjoying in just a  few more minutes. The plates and glasses are equally as beautiful as the flatwares in your sight. Stepping closer, the lustrous property of the flatware becomes more appealing. Touching it matches the smoothness of your palm and fingers. The design is very intricate as your thumb runs down and checks it. Genuinely, that is a work of art.

If you are not familiar with the names and distinctions of every flatware but you remembered being amazed with a certain collection, chances are that set has the Gorham Chantilly pattern. This is the most popular flatware ever manufactured of all time. It is known worldwide with the elegant design, hence, this is a favorite to be collected. Silver crafted in the most elaborate pattern will definitely suit even the meticulous scrutiny.


From Humble Beginnings

This craft has a rich history. Everything began in 1831, inside the humble workshop of Jabez Gorham, a skillful craftsman from Providence, Rhode Island. Together with Henry Webster, they started creating thimbles, teaspoons, combs, jewelries, and some other small products which are all made of silver. However, their main product is the silver spoon. In 1847, great innovations happened as soon as John Gorham, son of Jabez Gorham, became the head of the company right after his father retired. John took opportunity of what the Industrial Revolution offered. He incorporated the mechanized mass production method. For further improvements, he enhanced the available designs, and refurnished the premises to create more space and widen their offered product line.


Unstoppable Progress

The progress he desired for the company did not stop there. In 1852, he visited several silver workshops and manufacturing companies in Europe. There, he searched for craftsmen, toolmakers and other experts in the field of silverware. He even hired a leading designer and workshop manager from England by the name of George Wilkonson. In 1895, the brainchild of the designer William Christmas Codman came to life. Codman’s creativity gave birth to the Chantilly pattern. From then on, it has been the best-selling flatware pattern of the company.


The Chantilly Pattern 

The lovely border, unadorned center, and fleur-de-lis tip of the Gorham Chantilly were derived from the inspiration brought by the Roccoco style from the 18th century French Regency Era. It was named after the well-known Chantilly palace in France. Along with this inspiration, the Gorham Chantilly   has the symmetrical fan plume design and polished finish. Because of its popularity, even prominent personalities choose this as their flatware. One of whom is the President of the United States. Whenever he boards the Air Force One, this is the choice flatware in the US Presidential Jet. This is also a well-loved flatware by newlyweds.

Since it’s a well-known brand, Gorham Chantilly’s replacement pieces are easy to find. In case one of your utensils bearing this pattern was accidentally marked with a scratch, you don’t have to worry that your collection will become incomplete.

If you want to pair your sumptous dishes with royalty-like flatwares, Gorham Chantilly will be a match made in heaven for your taste. What a lovely collection will this be for your table setting! You will also do an acquisition of a long-term asset in your kitchen. Timeless, elegance, and beauty—all rolled in one in every flatware with the Gorham Chantilly pattern.

Gorham-Sald-Fork Gorham-Teaspoon

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Knife Construction – Stamp, Drop Forge, and Hollow Handle

If you’ve ever bought kitchen knives in a shop, you’ve probably encountered a few brands that boast that their blades are dropped forged or stamped. Some even say that the handles are hollow in construction. Whether or not you’re shopping on a budget, it’s important to be knowledgeable of exactly what these terms mean in order to get more value for your money.  And in order to do that, you need to learn a little more about the different types of knife construction:

Drop Forged

In a post from engineerstudent.co.uk, drop forging is a process wherein “the metal to be formed is first heated then shaped by forcing it into the contours of a die.” If you’re a fan of old samurai flicks, you’ve probably seen a lot of scenes wherein a blacksmith pounds on a piece of blazing iron using a hammer.  That process is called hot-drop-forging. As the name implies, this method uses extreme heat to shape the metals. Knives that are forged using the hot-drop process have impressive strength because their grain structure is realigned and stretched. Moreover, these cutleries are more durable compared to the ones that are casted or processed on a machine.

Another forging process that is commonly used in creating cutlery sets is cold drop forging. In this method, metal is deformed while it is below its recrystallization temperature. Cold forging works best on soft metals such as aluminum or copper. Most manufacturers prefer to use this method because it’s more cost-efficient that hot-drop forging, and there’s less risk of contamination.

The main benefit of a forged knife is that they’re easier to sharpen. Thanks to its rigid frame, the blade doesn’t twist when you’re holding it firmly against a whetstone. Unfortunately, its non-flexible quality can also be considered as a disadvantage.  If you want to fillet anchovies, it’s better if you use a stamped knife instead.


According to metrokitchen.com, stamped knives are “made from large, continuous sheets of stainless steel.”  A large machine stamps out the shape of the blade, just like how a cookie cutter molds the dough into different shapes. Afterwards, the handle is then attached, and the blade gets sharpened and polished.

For consumers, one of the biggest advantages of a stamped knife construction is that they are cheaper than the forged ones. If you want to complete your kitchen knife set without going beyond your intended budget, you should definitely buy these machine-made blades.  In addition, you can use them for filleting and deboning chicken or fish meat.

However, stamped cutlery does not undergo any forging process, which means that they’re not extremely durable. In addition, flexible blades also dull quickly and are harder to sharpen. You also have to be more careful when handling a stamped knife because they usually don’t have any bolster. If you’re careless, you might cut yourself while cooking.

Hollow Handle

When it comes to knife handles, there are two types of hollow handles that you can see on the market. On one hand, forged blades usually have their tangs mounted to the handle using cement. On the other hand, stamped knives are welded to the hilt.

Blades with hollow handles are superior compered to their solid counterparts. With a hollow handled knife, you won’t feel too much strain when chopping your ingredients because its weight is evenly distributed. It’s also lighter, and has an impressive pattern definition.

Can you recommend some reliable knife manufacturers? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Oneida-Kennett-Square-Dinner-knife        Oneida-Shoreline-Dinner-Knife


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Packing & Shipping Flatware in the Most Careful & Precautious Manner

There comes a point in our lives when we move away from our childhood homes to start anew, or even to settle down with a partner. As if the actual act of moving your belongings isn’t enough of a hassle; you still have to ensure that your precious cargo doesn’t get damaged in the process.

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(Photo taken from www.hip2save.com)

Your flatware set is one of those things that should be given extra care when shipping via courier service. It is much better to be extra careful than to lose or damage even a single piece. Some flatware collections are difficult to find a replacement piece and it will cost you more money. Moreover, if your flatware collection happens to be a gift from someone important, never will you want to lose it along with the sentimental value it possesses.
For these reasons, you want to make sure that your silvers are lovingly packed before being shipped off to another home. To help you do this, here are a few tips you can do before you pack and ship your flatware:

Wash, clean, and air dry the flatware
It is important to clean the silverware thoroughly. There might still be some stains left from the last time you used it. Build up of bacteria caused by storing for a long time will also be washed away. Don’t forget to towel dry and air dry them after washing. Moisture that can form, if not air dried, will tarnish them.

Polish until it get the lustrous appearance
Polishing helps you to utilize the flatware for a longer period of time. It will bring your flats back to mint condition and prevent any tarnishing that may occur as they are being delivered.

Organize the flatware to the types
Spoons go together and the same goes for the forks and knives. Knives, most especially, should be handled with extra care. You wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt. It’s easier to unpack too if everything is grouped accordingly.

Use cloth, bubble wrap or plastic bag
Encase them in a cloth, plastic bag, or bubble wrap. In this way, the flatware will stay in place. This also serves as a protection against scratching and tarnishing.

Select a sturdy package
Ideally, a carton box or chest with a sturdy base would be the best to use. Check the total weight of all the flatware. Your container should be able to withstand its total mass.

Arrange the flatware properly inside the package
The longest and heaviest utensils should be placed at the bottom of the package. Maximize the space so you won’t need to use another package.

Seal the container
Make sure the package is properly sealed. Imagine the mess if the package suddenly bursts open and all your flatware got scattered. More importantly, a sealed package is less susceptible to theft.

Carry with precaution
Avoid dropping the container. Place it somewhere kids can’t reach. Handle it gently. Remember its weight and be cautious wherever you will bring it.

If sending via a courier service, trust a recommended company
Choose a courier service that can guarantee you of carefully handling the package and delivering it within the timeframe promised. This will free you from the hassle of transporting the flatware yourself.
With these simple tips, your cherished flatware will be safely shipped to its destination with the same gorgeous look as before it was packed.

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Spots on Stainless Steel Flatware

In 1913, Harry Brearly, an English metallurgist, accidentally concocted a metal mixture which has revolutionized our everyday life. He was working on a project to improve rifle barrels but discovered that adding chromium to low carbon steel gives it stain resistance, thus giving birth to “stainless steel”. Chromium in the steel combines with oxygen in the atmosphere to form a thin, invisible layer of chrome-containing oxide called passive film. If the passive film is scratched or disrupted, oxide will form and recover the surface, preventing corrosion.

Stainless steel is used in almost anything from bridges, monuments and sculptures (some examples include the Unisphere in New York and the Cloud Gate at Chicago), automotive bodies, passenger rail cars, aircraft, jewelry, etc. Most of all, stainless steel has been introduced to homes across the world due to the invention of stainless steel flatware.

Despite the moniker of being “stainless”, our flatware isn’t actually stain-proof. Passive film requires oxygen to repair, so those that have been kept in low-oxygen areas or exposed to certain chemicals can have “spots”. Knowing some tips and tricks on stainless steel flatware maintenance will help restore your cutlery’s immaculate glory.


Care During First Time Use

  • When using stainless steel flatware for the first time, hand wash it thoroughly in hot water using mild soap or detergent. It’s important to use hot or warm water because  it will remove all soap residues which cause cutlery to dull. After rinsing, dry the silverware using a towel as air-drying them would often lead to spots.


Care During Everyday Use

  • Caring for your silverware during everyday use entails avoiding use for food that have high acid content such as tea, coffee, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, and citrus fruits.
  • It’s also advisable to rinse cutlery immediately after use as stuck food particles can cause corrosion.
  • When using a dishwasher, remember to load fork and spoons with their handles down, and avoid mixing stainless steel flatware with tableware made out of a different metal type in the same compartment or load.
  • Never ever soak flatware overnight! Oxygen levels in water are low which lead to the breakdown of oxides that create protective corrosion layers.
  • Do not pour detergent or soap directly on your flatware. It’s best to discharge it unto a sponge and use that to scrub their surfaces.
  • Do not allow your cutlery to overheat. For example, leaving it on a hot burner or using it to stir boiling food.
  • Avoid using steel wool to scrub stains from your stainless steel cutlery; because it can damage the surface and finish of the flatware.
  • Cleaners containing lemon or orange additives can also cause corrosion.
  • Do not use alcohol or oven cleaners to scrub difficult stains.


How do I remove stains or spots in my cutlery?

If prevention isn’t enough and you still find stubborn stains on your flatware, there are several hacks which you can keep in mind in order to restore their spotless glow.


1)     Go the olive oil and washcloth route. To begin, clean the surface with non-abrasive soap, or baking soda and water. Then, apply olive oil to a washcloth and use this to wipe surface stains. Wipe excess oil with a clean, dry rag or a paper towel. This will also give it a little shine.

2)     Use undiluted white vinegar. Some people swear by this method even though white vinegar has a funky smell. This is especially effective if your flatware stains are caused by heat.

3)     The aluminum foil method. With this method, you’ll need a large skillet, aluminum foil, and water. First, place a large sheet of aluminum foil on the base of a large skillet. Fill the ¾ with hot water and add a teaspoon of salt and baking soda. Slide the cutlery in and let the water boil for 5 minutes. Then, turn off the heat and allow the water to cool before removing the stainless steel cutlery. Rinse each piece with warm tap water and towel dry with a clean cloth. Voila! Clean cutlery!

4)     Use a rust-fighting product with oxalic acid. But only use this as a last resort! This solution should only be attempted under dire circumstances because oxalic acid is a strong chemical solution.


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Oneida Arbor Rose Spoons       Oneida Dinner KnifeOneida Cherbourg Dinner Knives       Oneida Cherbourg Pattern Salad Forks

Criteria in Selecting Silverware That’ll Make Every Meal Time Special

During meal time, what mostly piques our interest is the main dish to be served. Of course we’re excited about what we’re going to eat, after all, who wouldn’t want to sink their teeth into some delectable food, especially when celebrating festive occasions and holidays.


But the littlest details also count if one wants to make meal time pleasant not only for guests on special occasions, but also for the whole family on a daily basis. The right choice of silverware to match your table setting is often overlooked when it’s actually essential to ensuring full enjoyment of the served meal. A study, conducted by Oxford University, even concluded that size, shape, color, and weight of your utensils can influence how your food tastes, both positively and negatively. Knowing the appropriate silverware to use and perfecting your very own set at home will definitely add to the overall mood of each meal.

Silverware pertains to utensils used for eating and serving food. It is also known as cutlery, tableware, or flatware. Historically, it was made with real silver. That is, until the 20th century when stainless steel took over silver’s popularity. However, the original term “silverware” was able to be retained.

Having the right silverware for your home is essential to hosting posh parties and is necessary to have a nice dining experience with the family every day. Here is a guide to choosing the right silverware for your collection:

  1. 1.     Practicality and Use

Knowing the different types of silverware and their uses is important to keep your choices practical and sensible. The basic types of silverware consist of standard silverware, serving silverware, and specialty silverware.


When selecting a set, consider one that matches the meals that you would usually serve. With this in mind, asking yourself a few questions should guide you in finding a set that can efficiently answer your needs. Will it be used for a formal or casual type of dining? Will it be used daily during meal times with the family? Will it be used only during Christmas or special celebrations?


  1. 2.     Design and Taste

You can play it safe and go with a versatile design that can match both formal and casual table setting but there are many ways to go about design with silverware. If you already have a lovely set of plates, cups, and bowls for your place setting, make sure to pick a set of silverware that would nicely match your existing set.


Silverware is available in a wide selection of sizes and shapes that can fit your taste and style. You may opt for an elegant metal with a sterling silver or silver-plated set to entertain your guests for a formal occasion or a sleek and minimalistic design which can perfectly set the mood for a modern dining experience. For daily dining, you can simply opt for a low-maintenance stainless steel.


  1. 3.     Craftsmanship and Quality

With silverware, the quality of design and material shown in the craftsmanship matters as it is also how you can determine its durability. Well-made silverware is recognized by its good balance and considerable weight. Keep away from lightweight tableware which lacks balance, feels uncomfortable to hold, and has a higher possibility of bending:


  • Both sides of each utensil should be attractive
  • Engraved design should be defined and clear
  • Symmetrical fork tines are evident with the edges rounded
  • Broad knife blade with a good cutting edge
  • No gap in color should be revealed when knife blade joins the handle
  • Spoon should have enough depth to provide a good bite


  1. 4.     Availability and Quantity

How many people do you want to serve with your silverware set? Pick a set that can provide all your guests with matching spoons, forks, and knives. Most sets can serve four persons at the minimum and 12 people at the maximum. If you plan on serving a special menu that would require use of other types of utensils, consider acquiring a complete set that would serve all needed purposes.


Choose a set with high elemental content. Most stainless steel silverware are made of actual steel, but the percentage of other metal content help determine the durability of each piece. Silverware labeled 18/10 is the best choice; consisting of 18% chrome and 10% nickel. Less than the 18/10 standard and that equates to lower quality cutlery.


  1. 5.     Investment and Cost

Consider the type of material and metal used in production, the intricateness of the ornamentation, and the time and labor put into the crafting of each piece figure in the cost of your purchases. Definitely, how much you spend on your silverware is entirely up to you. Do you want to invest on a high quality set for a restaurant business, a very special gathering, or to simply put authenticity and quality at the top of your priority for home use?


Of course, it is your prerogative to set the budget for spending on your silverware. Prices for a set can be as affordable as $15 or can be as expensive as $1400. If you are on a budget, it would be smart to purchase the fundamentals first and allocate money for the additional pieces later on. But do keep in mind that high quality silverware is sure to be a long-term investment.

When it comes to making every dining experience special, whether or not there’s a reason to celebrate, it can be the littlest things that can make a big difference.

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