I'm a lifetime restaurant eater, who is just starting dive into the home entertaining realm.
I'm realizing that my kitchen equipment is pretty depressing and I would like to invest in some quality items. I'm a little overwhelmed by the amount of brands/products that are out there, so I'm starting with the basics.
I am looking to buy some basic 18 10 flatware for daily use with a fairly simple design. I would also like something that is dishwasher safe and stays shiny over time. What I can expect to spend for a service for 8? Also, would really appreciate any brand recommendations.
NewbieEntertainer, THE classic stainless flatware design is Baguette, originally a Berndorf design. Berndrof was part of the Krupp group. Guy Degrenne of France now has control over Berndorf. Most flatware manufacturers make a version of Baguette, but they often give the pattern their own name. The purest expression of Baguette is the Sambonet version. http://sambonet.125west.com/html/sambonet_baguette.html Of course, Oneida, among others, makes a very, very similar pattern.
When your table is set with Baguette, you never need to apologize.
I've had my set for some years now, and it's still shiny--but I would think it all would be? Isn't that the nature of stainless? It's Reed & Barton. I couldn't deal with the prices for stainless sold by the place setting ... I really thought for that money I should be getting some sterling pieces. So I paid $99.99 about 20 years ago for a set for 8 including some serving pieces. I also wanted a wide, 4-tine salad fork and got that. I was and am happy with what I got. And I had plenty of money left over to buy silver, which I've also done ;)
We have 2 sets of stainless. The better set is Guy Degruenne 18:10 which is the large European sizes. It was around $100 a place setting
Looks like this:
If you are looking at less expensive sets the one thing I think you should look for is to make sure that the metal is smooth on the edges of the fork tines, that is, between the tines. In many really cheap sets this is rough and doesn't clean easily.
I also found this interesting blurb about stainless comparing the different alloys
In short only looking at the metal percentages is like buying sheets by thread count only and not taking into account the quality of the cotton itself......but I digress
You should go to a store and heft the pieces in you hand and see how they feel. It's one thing hard to do over the internet.