Stainless steel is not only aesthetically pleasing but also a very durable metal. It is long lasting and is low maintenance. It should be cleaned in luke warm water with dishwashing liquid after use. It is dishwasher safe, durable, and corrosion and rust resistant.

Stainless steel used for cutlery is graded 18/10, 18/8, 18/0 or 13/0. The first digit indicates how much chromium is in the stainless steel. The chromium strengthens the stainless steel. It also makes the cutlery non-corrosive and rust resistant. The aesthetic and ferritic 18/10, 18/8 and 18/0 stainless steels cannot be hardened by heat treatment and so can only be used for spoons and forks. Hardenable 13/0 stainless steel is used for knives and knife blades. 13/0 is more prone to rust which is why it is usually the knife that rusts first.

The second digit indicates the amount of nickel in the stainless steel. Nickel is for the shine and also assists with rust resistance.

All of our cutlery comes with care instructions. Remember that all stainless steel can and will rust if not cared for properly. Follow the instructions to increase the longevity of your flatware.

The type of stainless steel is important to consider when choosing cutlery. If no grade is indicated on the box or cutlery pieces, this means the flatware is made from 18/0 stainless steel. The polish used is also important to note. An expensive mirror polish will shine all types of stainless steel and is the best to purchase.

Cutlery includes any hand implement used in preparing, serving and especially eating food in the Western world. The city of Sheffield in England has been famous for the production of cutlery since the 17th century.

A person who makes or sells cutlery is called a cutler. Cutlery used to be called silverware although the term tableware has come into use to avoid implication that they are made from silver.

The first documented use of the term cutler appeared in Sheffield in a 1297 tax return. A Sheffield knife was listed in the King’s possession in the Tower of London fifty years later.

Even though the fork is one of the most important eating utensils today, there was a time when the entire western world lived without them. But with the advancements of industry and thought, the fork managed to slip away out of the royal courts of Europe and find its way onto our tables of today.

The spoon is the oldest eating utensil in our history. The knife is one of the earliest tools mankind ever produced.

The major items of cutlery in the Western world are knife, fork and spoon. In recent times, hybrid versions of cutlery have been made combining the functionality of different eating implements, including the spork (spoon/fork), spife (spoon/knife) and knork (knife/fork) or the sporf which combines all three.

A tine is the correct name for the prong on a fork.