Before we talk about flatware, here's a brief warning. After you read about the four ways to differentiate your flatware, your dining experiences will never be the same again. Inevitably, you'll look at every fork, knife, and spoon as you try to determine the quality in how they were produced.
The basic idea is that every fork produced within the same collection should look the same, right? If the same manufacturer creates a specific collection, the pieces in that collection should be the same size and have the same appearance. The reality, though, is this isn't always the case.
HOW DOES THE FLATWARE STACK UP?
We don't mean this in the figurative sense. We mean it literally. When you stack one fork on top of another, do the tines project out at the same degree? This is one of the easiest ways to spot inferior flatware. If two "identical" pieces don't look identical, there's a good chance they weren't manufactured in the same way or even the same place. Check out the image above to see what we mean.
DO THE TINES LOOK THE SAME?
Beyond the degree by which the tines stick out, there are other ways to evaluate your flatware using fork tines. In fact, forks are the easiest way to judge an entire collection for this very reason. If you put two forks tines-to-tines, are they the same width? What about length? If you stand two forks on end from the base, the tines should be the same height.
HOW DO THE HANDLES LOOK?
Sometimes you can identify inferior manufacturing by looking at the handle molds. If the patterns don't match up or if one handle is wider than the other, there are some inconsistencies in how those two pieces of flatware were produced.
HOW ARE THE PIECES COMPOSED?
Sometimes a particular collection might be made from multiple compositions. It's hard to believe, but one spoon might be made from 18/10 grade stainless steel while the other is made from 18/8. Definitely review the composition of flatware when determining the differences between collections and pieces.
Not sure what this terminology means? Ask your sales rep, ask us, be sure about what you are buying. This investment will be thousands of dollars and over time (depending on the size of your operation) tens of thousands of dollars. You want to be sure that the product you buy today will match what you buy in the future.
How can I avoid inferior flatware?
The answer is simple. It all begins with how it's manufactured. Not all flatware and cutlery manufacturers use the same set of standards or quality controls, so if you're looking for high-grade production methods, and have to begin with the high-grade producers.
The WMF and Hepp brands available through GMV Sales and BauscherHepp adhere to some of the strictest production standards in the industry. As a result, you won't see forks that don't stack up or collections made from multiple compositions. All their pieces undergo thorough review from a team of inspectors before they get to the tabletop. If you'd like to see for yourself, request samples from BauscherHepp's premier flatware brands today.
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