Types of Flatware
This flatware buying guide will help you understand the common terms related to flatware so that you can make an informed decision and choose the right one that suits you best. It's important to know the differences between the various stainless steel flatware because with all the different types of flatware available on the market,the decision-making process can become extremely overwhelming! But don't worry,we have made it easier by including a comparison guide for you.
How to choose flatware? Many people encounter this problem when buying kitchen supplies for their new home. So, what should you start with when choosing flatware? Next, the editor of INFULL Cutlery will reveal to you.
Stainless steel flatware is available in four qualities: 13/0, 18/0, 18/8, or 18/10. These designations refer to the percentages of chromium and nickel in the stainless steel alloy. Chromium is used in stainless steel to provide durability as well as resistance to rust and corrosion, while nickel is used to give flatware its luster.
18/10 (304 stainless steel)
- Contains 18% chromium and 10% nickel.
18/0 (430 stainless steel)
- Contains 18% chromium and 0% nickel.
18/8 (304 stainless steel)
- Contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel.
13/0 (420 stainless steel)
- Contains 13% chromium and 0% nickel
Most dinner and dessert knives are made with 13/0 stainless steel. This steel is ideal for blade forging to produce a sharp cutting surface, while still maintaining rust- and corrosion-resistance properties. 18/0 flatware is magnetic, which makes it a good choice if you use magnetic flatware retrievers at your business.
Keep in mind that these materials do not refer to the thickness - or gauge - of the flatware, which is what determines the weight. The higher the gauge, the thicker / heavier the flatware is.
18/8 & 18/10 Stainless Steel
- Shiny luster
- Durable construction
18/0 Stainless Steel
- Soft shine
- No nickel content
- Economical composition
Medium Weight Flatware:
Medium weight flatware is the lightest flatware that we carry. This is primarily called medium weight flatware in the industry, but it can also be called economy weight and is commonly sought by the value-minded buyer. Medium weight flatware is often bendable in your hand and commonly found in cafeterias, schools, and other institutional settings.
Heavy Weight Flatware:
Heavy weight flatware is more durable than medium weight flatware, not easily bent, and makes for a nice presentation. As a definitive step-up in quality from medium weight, it is commonly used in fast-casual dining establishments and many other mid-level eateries.
Extra Heavy Weight Flatware:
As our premium grade of flatware, extra heavy weight flatware exudes a level of quality that you will see at most finer restaurants and hotels. It feels very sturdy in your hand and is very difficult to bend, compared to medium or even heavy weight flatware.
Forged flatware is the thickest and strongest type of flatware. It is made from a single piece of thick stainless steel which creates the pattern on all sides of the handle rather than just stamped on the top. It is extremely durable and built to withstand any commercial environment, while also fitting in well with upscale dining.
Now that you understand quality and weight, the process of choosing flatware should be much simpler, right? The next step is about the flatware care.Stainless steel flatware will last longer and look better if you keep the following tips in mind.
Stainless Steel Flatware Care：
1.Remove all food remnants from your flatware as soon as possible.
2. Sort and handle properly. It's a good idea to sort the tines, blades and bowls down if you transport and wash flatware in the same cylinders. When washing in the flatware cylinders, it's a good idea to mix up the flatware so forks and spoons don't "nest" and to wash with the business end up.
3. Presoak for approximately 20 minutes.Using concentrated powder can penetrate and soak the dirt, thereby removing dirt more effectively in your washing cycle.
（Don't forget to change your soaking solution after a few cycles; otherwise, chemicals and food particles will accumulate and reduce its effectiveness.）
4. Like all stainless steel, hard water and detergents high in chlorides will eventually break down the protective film. As long as you follow proper presoaking and drying procedures and your dish machine is rinsing correctly, any high quality detergent and sanitizer should not harm your flatware.
5. To ensure your flatware always looks its best, be sure to polish immediately with a microfiber cloth or mitt, eliminating any water spots or smudges.
With this article, you'll be able to find the perfect flatware to suit your needs or match your existing flatware!You can also click to enter our product homepage to select your favorite flatware style.