18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware
Thank you for visiting our web site. Here is a list of suppliers offering discounted 18/10 stainless steel flatware and other kitchen silverwear:
What’s the difference between 18/10, 18/8, and 18/0 stainless steel flatware? Are they all the same?
No they are not! They are very different in composition and in price. When you first look at the packaging it may appear like 18/10 but if you inspect it a little closer it may actually only be 18/0 flatware. You’d be surprised by how many people have been fooled into thinking that they were buying 18/10 stainless steel flatware when they were actually getting the 18/0 flatware. No wonder they were paying such a low price! The product they purchased may not even be stainless steel at all.
The stainless steel used in the production of flatware is a composite of a number of different steels and it varies in terms of the grades for the different uses in which they are used. For the most part, the main ingredient in flatware is chromium. Nickel is added to help resist corrosion.
The spec 18/10 refers to the fact that 18% is chromium and 10% is nickel. The higher percent of nickel means that it is more resistant to corrosion. Don’t get tricked into thinking you’re paying for high quality flatware when the nickel content is 0%.
I would also like to warn you that some flatware manufacturers label cutlery with a slightly higher than 18% nickel content, say around 8.4% as 18/10, because it really doesn’t fit in the 18/8 category. This is actually legal, even though it’s deceiving.
You should also take into account that even the best of the best stainless steel flatware is subject to occasional corrosion and pitting. The good thing is that they can removed by simply applying a stainless steel cleanser.
When you are shopping for flatware and want the high quality material, take the time to open the flatware packages and handle the utensils. The 18/10 flatware has a great “feel” in the hand; the polish gleams and looks very elegant. This high quality flatware is more expensive, but is worth the higher price!
Last but not least, read the flatware product packaging information, pay close attention to the national and international standards, and be sure the flatware product meets acceptable standards in your state or country. After all, you want to be sporting this elegant table flatware for many more years to come!
Here are some high quality 18/10 stainless steel flatware suppliers: