Thursday, April 20, 2006

What is 18/10 stainless steel flatware & cutlery?

Many people question the differences between the types of stainless steel when making a flatware or cutlery purchase. Here are a few facts to help sort out the differences. Stainless steel is available in two basic qualities: 18/0 or 18/10 and 18/8. The '18' refers to 18% chromium which is added to the steel mix to give it stainless properties. The '10' or '8' refers to nickel which adds to those properties and also gives a silvery sheen. So basically, it's not the weight of the silverware, but the quality that you are looking at with the numbers. 18/0 is much less expensive than 18/10 and 18/8 and most cutlery and flatware sold today is made from the higher grade stainless. 18/10 and 18/8 stainless steel gives greater protection against corrosion and has a softer shine. Most modern day flatware patterns are made from this top grade stainless steel.

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