Good Source for Flatware?
It's time to upgrade my flatware. I'm looking for a good (and hopefully affordable) source for quality stainless flatware. Most interested in simple, clean, classic patterns in a larger dinner size and with heft--like you'd expect in a nice restaurant.
Someone awhile back posted a link to a good website, but I can't find it now.
From personal experience, I can heartily recommend
It has wonderful heft and maintains a wonderful lustre after decades of dishwasher cleansing. A friend had the Michaelangelo design, or similar, and it was used daily. I acknowledge it wasn't handcrafted by gnomes in Sweden, or under the mountain by trolls in Germany, but it looked great on the table and had a marvelous weight in the hand.
I use the past tense as he sold it to his sister in San Francisco. New wife, new flatware.
Ditto on the Oneida site. I got mine there over 20 years ago (Juilliard pattern) and it is just wonderful. It has nice heft and length to it and the quality of the stainless is excellent. I recently added another set of 12 so I can have 24 place settings for buffets and bigger parties and the recent quality seems to be the same as the older ones I have, so it doesn't seem to have suffered the fate of some companies that ship out somewhere and then come back a pale version of the original. They have really good sales too.
Beware that the Oneida is not the same as it was 20 years ago (what is, right?). But I have the cheapie True Rose 18/0 not the better 18/10 or 18/8. Last year I ordered additional spoons and forks and they are lighter, no longer made in USA (Vietnam) and two spoons out of eight had defects in the bowl.
OTOH, they don't bend out of shape, discolor or break. They serve their purpose.
European flatware is larger and heavier, might want to look into that.
I bought my flatware at CB2, which is owned by Crate & Barrel. I have this set: http://www.cb2.com/20-piece-pattern-4... and I love it, very durable and still looks great after a number of moves and dishwasher use. For $100 for 8 place settings I've been very pleased. I now just use it for fancier occasions since we use my SO's stuff for every day.