Flatware is commonly called silverware despite the fact that modern flatware barely contains any silver at all. In fact, the flatware that is often seen today is made up of stainless steel and the main reason behind the usage of this metal is its durability and its low price. However, there are many different types of flatware in the market today for you to choose from. You can pick from these types of flatware based on your requirement, budget and personal preferences.
Common Types of Flatware
- Stainless Steel Flatware: These flatware sets are made out of an alloy that mainly contains nickel and chromium. Chromium is for durability and resistance to a wide range of things such as stains, rust and corrosion while nickel is used to give the shine and the color of silver. Chromium is present at 18% and 8 to 10% of nickel is usually present. However, the percentage may vary and the price will increase with the increase in the percentage of nickel.
- Silver Plated Flatware: Exactly as the name suggests, these sets are coated with pure silver. They are actually made only of copper or brass. However, the usage of silver for the coating increases their price but their purpose is limited. You need to take good care of these sets if you want the silver to stay. Heavy usage can result in the wearing off of the silver metal.
- Silverware: These sets are highly expensive and are usually purchased for special occasions. They are also usually really priced by families and are passed from generation to generation. These sets when taken care of can last for a century or more. They are an amazing addition to the dinner table but since they are highly expensive, not everyone can afford them. They are thus also a mark of sophistication. Many people use these sets only when guests come over.
- English and European Silverware: European silverware is more durable, heavier and larger than English silverware. They are both again expensive because they are pure and come with hallmarks indicating information of their pouring.
- Plastic Flatware: These are the cheapest option available today. You can buy them easily in bulk and use them on a regular basis. They are handy for everyday use and are lightweight.
It is important to take good care of your sets no matter which types of flatware you have. Good maintenance will increase their durability and lifespan, thus allowing you to save money in the long run. Use your expensive Chinaware’s on special occasions so they don’t look old easily. If your flatware sets are not in used as of the moment, display them on a glass cabinet on your dining room to add an elegance look to the room.