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Jan 16, 2014 12:27 AM


I'm looking for flatware, with the ones I'm considering only available on-line so I can't touch and feel them before ordering them.

To try to minimize the costs of shipping and handling for all those options, is there any way to know just by looking at the pictures if a flatware will be off? What should I look for before buying flatware online?

For example, this Moma set:

Does anybody own this set? I'm worried that the balance and how it feels in the hand, especially that knife. I think the knife looks great with that modern shape, but I'm worried if it compromised its function for that form.

I first noticed this on some design blog, but I wonder if the writer actually ever handled this set. With the way design blogs and mags works today, it seems like you'll attract attention by giving the product a eye-grabbing shape or surprise/difference without regard to how functional the product really is.

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  1. Here's the set I was talking about:

    1. I never recommend buying a set unless there is open stock available. If there is not open stock and you lose a piece (it happens) you are stuck.

      A store I worked in had flatware similar to that in your picture in the kitchen. I never cared for it, but that is just me, not my style. I found the forks to be clumsy.

      1. Hi, Hobbess:

        IMO, there isn't any way to tell if it's right for you without actually handling (and maybe using) it. You might spend some time looking at the silver superstore site They have very helpful staff and the site breaks allows you to sort by size, weight, brand, styles and other parameters--even "not made in China"! They are not inexpensive, but they are excellent at both finding individual pieces and having specialty pieces made in your pattern(s). They also carry a lot of lines and patterns, so you can compare all on one site.

        I'm not a fan of "modern" designs, and three-tine forks and clunky spoons drive me crazy, but whatever makes you happy. Provided the balance is acceptable, I always advise going as large ("Continental") and heavy as is comfortable.

        Once you know what you want, I would scour Amazon and eBay. I bought 8, 5-pc settings Ricci Ascot last year for an average of $25/set on those sites--on silversuperstore and most retailers, it's $70 and up.

        Have Fun,

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        1. re: kaleokahu

          Better stainless flatware have two piece knives. The knife will function better in your had if it constructed with two pieces.

          You can find out so much at the Silver Superstore. I second Kaleo's rec. When I bought my stainless (Yamazaki's Aquatique Ice) I spent a lot of time there. I sent for a couple of pieces before I placed my order. I ran them through the dishwasher, and we used them to eat with. I was sure of what I was buying that way.

          Silver Superstore is very reliable and you won't pay shipping. If you don't live in Washington State, you won't pay tax either.

          Have a look there.

        2. "IMO, there isn't any way to tell if it's right for you without actually handling (and maybe using) it."

          I agree with this statement posted below.
          In addition to "hand feel" and the weight/balance, don't forget "mouth feel". I'll be honest, the spoons in your picture look "uncomfortable" to me.

          That being said, is there a way to order ONE place setting?
          Then you could test the table setting out, and buy a complete service, or not.

          1. "IMO, there isn't any way to tell if it's right for you without actually handling (and maybe using) it."

            But, what about for the guests that use that flatware when they come over?

            If something is right for me, do you think it will be universally fine for my guests or is it an individualistic choice where something may be right for me but uncomfortable for my guests to use?

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            1. re: hobbess

              Pick what you like. Since I'm guessing you will be eating with the flatware every time a guest is, find something that you like both look and feel.

              Or don't listen to me, I just bought a ton of cheep ikea stuff so I could have matching service for 20. I don't like the feel, but now I can do a full seated table for 20 without resorting to plastic. This is because due to life I have in my "regular" set I inherited, I have 10 butter knives, 16 dinner forks, 12 salad forks, and 9 spoons.

              1. re: hobbess

                Hi, hobbess:

                Gosh, I think it's mostly individualistic--it'll be *your* flatware after all. And it would be extremely unlikely that all your guests would agree with your assessment of comfort. But would a good host or restauranteur intentionally use a pattern that many guests found uncomfortable or unbalanced?

                In general, I agree with GH1618 about patterns and shapes becoming classics because they work so well for so many.