Does anyone have any recommendations for high quality rust free flatware or silverware?
We are considering:
Not something you select online, (unfortunately ) unless willing to order single five piece place settings in 18/10 in patterns/style that suit your esthetic. Keep it SIMPLE . There are thousands of ways to set a table , mix things up, so look for longevity in finish, style . No dull fad finishes. While quality 18/10 Stainless is and will be the best, there is no way to judge the actual feel in your hand without a test, even in that "best" finish.
I despise lightweight flatware. Fork tines that have a wimpy feel, too. It reminds me of the bent, tinny stuff in a cheap roadside diner. I like a " fine hotel" weight . I like a grip generous enough to not feel like a darn chopstick. You order, and you TEST : ) because it is personal.
I'm looking for a set that will be both casual and elegant. (While I love the idea of having multiple sets for different things, I am not fond of clutter and unnecessary items in my home. So I am looking for one that will serve for every type of service from picnics to a formal Christmas dinner.
I'm rather fond of this: https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/red-barrel-studio-5-piece-stainless-steel-1810-flatware-set-service-for-1-w008948879.html?piid=380706858
I also like this in either silver or gold/silver: https://www.wayfair.com/kitchen-tabletop/pdp/everly-quinn-minimalist-elegant-16-piece-flatware-set-service-for-4-w009150973.html?piid=918142163
My mom saved so many Betty Crocker tops, that she was able to get me and my two brothers full and then some sets of Oneida silverware. We're talking serving pieces, jelly spoons, pie servers, knives, dinner fork, salad fork, and soup, regular and ice cream/tea spoons.
I've had this set since 1995. I still have pieces in plastic. Nary rust or blemish in any piece.
So I can say that Oneida has worked for me. Almost all the brands you mentioned are good quality and you're really just looking at design.
I never knew how much they cost until I was looking at the replacements. And considering she probably was able to double each set. Wow! That was in the '80s. I remember her giving us the choice of patterns available. I never knew that this would be such a long lived product. I still have plates from when I moved out in 1995, too.
Rust spots on flatware - what to do?
Recommendations for flatware?
We have this set (or very similar) from Fortessa.
We've had it for around 10 years and very happy with it. It has lasted much better than my previous much more expensive set.
The reason I bought this brand was that we were staying at the Four Seasons and ordered some room service. The cutlery brand they used was Fortessa, so I figured if it was good enough for a commercial setting it would work great in a home!
We purchased this last year and I have to say that it is very impressive. Weighty, beautiful, and very substantial.
I love my Oneida Juilliard! Link
Touch, feel quality/weight, decide on a look, then narrow down and watch for sales. Also consider if you want serving pieces and I like to purchase a few more sets than necessary. https://www.thespruceeats.com/best-flatware-sets-4099020
I have recently purchased 2 sets from Liberty Tabletop, the only made in USA flatware: https://www.libertytabletop.com/.
They will send you samples 3 for $10. Check them out!
We’ve had this Oneida set since the late 70’s. Pattern is ”Paul Revere.” We have the knives in both the regular and pistol grip handles.
Jan Moyer is spot on with her advice. Flatware comes in grades. 18/0, 18/8, 18/10. That doesn’t insure its weight or heft in the hand. Do your research. Yes to nice styling, but it must “feel” right to you. I would also go to Replacements.com and check out what they have available. They often sell whole sets of stainless that has never been used. One thing to note: A relative of mine got two tones (gold/stainless) tableware when she wed several years ago. She put it in her dishwasher and…the gold wore off rather quickly. Don’t know if this is still an issue with current two tone tableware, but beware!
The advantage of Oneida, particularly the Paul Rever pattern, is that pieces are still available. I used this pattern for 30 years and passed it on to my daughter. She needed more spoons and I was able to purchase them at a reasonable price from Oneida. This was not true of the replacement set that I bought nor of the lovely Dansk flatware that my other daughter has. For mine, I was able to find "vintage" on ebay at an exorbient price; for daughter's, Replacements had some, but again at a very high price. Bottom line, think about the eventuality of losing a spoon to the trash or the garbage disposal.
Another vote for Liberty Tabletop.
And yet another vote for Liberty Tabletop! We have had ours for over 4 years and it is holding up beautifully.
If the handles are too thin it's too hard for the very young and the very old to grasp the flatware. I would select something from a standard running line that has serving pieces.
I am very happy with my Vera Wang Essentials flatware
with high grade 18/10 stainless steel. I bought it at Home Goods in a past, and it was not so expensive as now.
Williams Sonoma Home has a nice selection 18/10
No matter what, you need to hold them. Similar to Bev post above.
🤔 never held mine before getting my set and it was great from the first day - 27 years ago. Yes, you can successfully purchase silverware online without touching it first. There's no must required. Silverware has been purchased from afar for well over one hundred years.
Consider purchasing samples, as someone recommended, with Liberty Tabletop (consider seeing if any of the brands do samples). I'd loathe having to go to the stores and manhandling silverware.
Also don't worry about them matching. Consider a set and then find a complimentary set. In the future if you have to replace and you don't want to spend The Replacements cost just add a new style.
You may want to consider Guy DeGrenne. William Sonoma carries a few of their patterns. I have a pattern (now discontinued) called Acropole. It has stood up very well for 28 years and it feels great in the hand. I use it every day and for formal.
I have WMF flatware I bought 24 place setting 35 yrs ago a few pieces have gone missing but still going strong it was made in Germany and my understanding is it is still made in Germany .
If it doesn't go in the dishwasher, i don't want it.
I got Oneida in 1975 as a wedding gift. We bought it from a jewelry store. I use it several times a month. It is great silverware.
For everyday I have Cambridge Silversmith from Walmart. I've have had it for many many years and really held up well to abuse.
30 years ago I picked up some great Cambridge flatware at HomeGoods, 18/10 stainless. It has served me well all these years and didn't break the bank. Recently I picked up some flatware in a matte black finish to add some drama on the table and that didn't break the bank either. Have fun with your table tops.
I have to agree if it is not silver any 18/10 stainless will serve you just fine. I would stay away from those really skinny handles they do not feel nice to use .
Does anyone still use real silver anymore? When my MIL was downsizing none of her kids (7) or their spouse wanted her silverware. We all said the same thing that we aren't polishing it.
Liberty is having 10% off all flatware sets right now:
functionthenlook, I have my mother's sterling flatware service (for eight) plus butter knives and other pieces. They are in the rolled up silver fabric that keeps them from tarnishing. I have used them but not in quite a while so I am seriously thinking about selling them to one of those companies that buys precious metals. It would be the quickest, easiest way as I do not want to risk selling them on the open market. I'm in agreement with the person who said it needs to be able to go in the dishwasher. And with so many pretty patterns to choose from flatware can go from casual to elegant in only one easy-to-care-for set.
18/10 stainless. Regardless of make, do not use citrus detergents, “stainless” is stain less. It can develop difficult to remove rust appearing spots. Barkeeper’s Friend is useful.