Flatware is one of those things you barely pay attention to, until you start living on your own or get married. The pricing for flatware usually does indicate the level of craftsmanship that is put into it. But the tricky thing is that even flatware from the same price point are not created equal. They would still differ in quality and workmanship. What you really need is more in-depth information to really get the hang of choosing the right flatware for you. Read this article for tips on choosing flatware.
First, you have to realize that flatware is developed using either of two different ways. Drop forged or forged flatware is made using a process where each flatware is made individually using a mold. Flatware that has been forged or drop-forged is usually heavier, smoother, denser and has very round, soft edges. Forged flatware is a more sophisticated process that creates flatware that doesn’t chip, break or get contaminated. You can also be assured that forged flatware is stainless.
The other process for making flatware is by die-cutting or stamping. This is a far inferior process where the pieces are cut or punched from a low quality sheet of pot-metal. This process will leave rougher edges on the flatware and it’s usually sharp. Because the metal is also of lesser quality, it will have a tendency to discolor. Die-cut or stamped flatware has a tendency to get damaged from extreme heat, chemicals and even from daily use. The surface also gets pitted, which means contaminants can get into it and create an unsafe general environment.
Aside from the process, you should also look at what kind of metals were used for the flatware. The metals usually used for flatware include stainless steel, pot metal, silver, nickel, sterling silver, pewter and even gold-plated metal.
Pot metal is just a waste of money so don’t buy it. Stainless steel is a good choice for everyday use. But for those who want to buy flatware that can also be considered as heirlooms then flatware made from sterling silver is the best choice. Nickel is also a good heirloom piece because it retains value but studies show that constant exposure to nickel is dangerous for your health so use if sparingly if you do get nickel flatware.
Finally, consider the design. Whatever design you choose you should know what the pattern is called so you can order replacement pieces or add to your collection without any difficulty. Buying from a reputable flatware company will make this easier because they don’t just discontinue lines or patterns.
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Wow I never knew there was so much to consider while shopping for flatware…