The selection of cutlery covers a wide range, from affordable and practical items that can be used to complete your daily work in your cutlery drawer, to luxurious handmade silverware that may be treasured by future generations. Whether you are casual or formal dining, the cutlery set is an investment worth considering.
A full set of cutlery is not something that you will buy more than many times in your life, so it is important to choose a set of cutlery that you will like. The design you choose depends largely on your budget, taste, and dining style, but like anything you use every day, it should feel beautiful. Jannie, the marketing manager of INFULL CUTLERY, a household goods supplier, said: "A really good set of cutlery should have the right weight, feel smooth and comfortable, and can be used day after day."
When it comes to materials, the main choices are stainless steel, silver plate, and sterling silver. Stainless steel, which ranges from about $20 to $500 for a 24-piece set, is the clear winner when it comes to affordability and ease of care, making it suitable for both formal and casual dining. Bear in mind that there are two grades of stainless steel, 18/0 and 18/10, the latter being far preferable in looks and strength.
Quality is important
Zack, product manager at INFULL Cutlery, reveals the hallmarks of well-made cutlery:
1. Check whether the inner edges of the tines are rough.
2. Look for smooth reflections in the bowl of the spoon; this means that the quality of the polish is good, and the piece will last longer.
3. Feel the weight of the knife, spoon, and fork. They should not feel too light.
4. Make sure that the kit contains all the parts you need.
CUT AND POLISH
Also pay attention to the way the cutlery is polished, as this will affect its quality. Cheap cutlery is polished by machine, and mid-range cutlery may combine machine and manual polishing. Top cutlery is usually polished by hand to ensure perfection.
Another key consideration is the size of the collection. Most cutlery sets range from 24 pieces (a six-piece set) to 70 pieces (a 10-piece set with additional cutlery, such as main course cutlery). A set of six to ten places is a good start. Forks, knives, dessert spoons, and teaspoons are considered standard. Over time, you can add special parts such as soup spoons or steak knives.