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A Gift of Flatware - The Perfect Choice

Aug 2, 2008
An exquisite set of flatware makes a lovely wedding, anniversary, or housewarming present, whether the kind you purchase is the highest quality stainless steel, silver-plated or sterling silver.

The difference between high quality and low quality flatware is in how and of what it is made. The best is attractive and durable. Food that is eaten off of high quality flatware actually has a more pleasant flavor. This is true whether the food is gourmet or off the grocery store shelves. Two sets of flatware should be owned by every family:

Informal Flatware

The best stainless steel is distinctive in quality. The thickness of the stainless steel makes it heavier than lower quality stainless because it is not rolled as thinly. Rounded tines on the forks are classic signs of a good set of stainless steel flatware. Tines that are rounded do not poke at the mouth. High carbon content in the blades of the knives means they will stay sharp for many, many years without having to be sharpened with a tool. It is not necessary for the best quality of knives to have a serrated blade because they are able to cut through meat and bread even though they are smooth.

Flatware Used for Special Occasions

The best flatware is made of sterling silver. When it is of the highest quality, it is an attractive, sparkling addition to the table setting. This is meant to be used when there is a special occasion such as a holiday, birthday, anniversary or other day when guests are invited to dinner. This kind of flatware must be washed and dried with a soft cloth after every meal. It should be polished whenever it begins to appear dull.

Silver plated flatware is a nice alternative to sterling silver. It is generally less expensive than sterling and more expensive than stainless steel. The silver on the flatware is actually very thin. Even with the thin coating, this can be valuable and very nice to own.

Whether plated or the genuine sterling silver, these types are usually saved for the most special of occasions. A proper table for a dressy dinner has a nice set of china dishes, crystal ware, nice cotton napkins and a great set of flatware. Without the right flatware, such a table would be unfinished and off-balance. When the quality pieces are brought out, dinner becomes a stylish event. This makes formal flatware the best choice for gift giving.

Weddings and anniversaries are not the only occasions for giving silver or stainless steel flatware. Birthdays, Christmas or graduations are also acceptable occasions for giving a gift that will continue to serve for years into the future. They are also the perfect time to use the good silver!

Consult with someone who has experience with table settings such as a hostess or a flatware dealer before you make up your mind about flatware. Without quality pieces of flatware, an otherwise dressed up table is missing an important ingredient. Your gift of distinguished and attractive flatware will continue to be cherished for years into the future.
About the Author
Robert Cooksey is the creator of a number of websites relating to household goods, including Sales and Information About Flatware as well as Flatware Sets.
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