Purchasing flatware might seem like a complicated process, but with the proper information at hand, it can be a fun and informative venture. Below are some practical tips to reference when looking for flatware.
Select Your Style
Style is probably the most important factor to consider when choosing flatware. Every business or customer will have a unique sense of style. Choosing flatware that coordinates with that style is vital to the overall look and feel of an establishment. The first thing a prospective shopper should look for when buying flatware is the design of the product.
- Does it look modern? Traditional?
- Are the handles round or flat?
- Brushed or polished finish?
You should choose utensils that are comfortable to use. Be sure to consider your menu and which utensils your patrons will need to enjoy their meals.
Understand the product
Your search for flatware shouldn’t end with style. Be sure to pay attention to a product’s manufacturing quality. To get the most value out of your purchase, it’s important to choose products that are constructed in long-lasting, quality materials.
- What metals/materials are used?
- How well can the material combat rust and other corrosion?
- How often will you have to polish and care for the material?
- Are the handles hollow? Stamped? Forged?
Stainless steel flatware is always a popular choice because of its durable and economical qualities. If properly cared for, stainless steel products will last for years without showing signs of wear.
Get The Right Balance And Weight
Handling your flatware should never be a chore. Get familiar with the balance and weight of the product by holding it and feeling it in your hand. It could be the most stylish spoon ever, but if you feel like it’s too difficult to use, your customers will feel that way too.
Be sure to consider…
- Are the utensils heavy? Are they flimsy?
- Are the utensils appropriate for the menu?
- Would you feel comfortable dining with them?
Another important thing to note is that “European” flatware is generally three times larger and heavier than traditional flatware. Medium weight products generally offer more economical value by being affordable without being flimsy.
Match Your Dinnerware
Last, but not least, make sure you choose flatware that complements the dinnerware being used. Traditional-looking forks and knives will likely look out of place in a more modern table setting, and vice versa. That’s not to say that you can’t mix and match styles. Just be sure that the pieces you use aren’t so overly contemporary or classic that they clash with everything else on the table.