I have come to the conclusion that cutlery is something worthy of spending some money on. Many people have good quality cutlery they only use on special occasions. Why not use it? Even good quality silver actually stays polished with constant care, yet requires frequent cleaning when left untouched. There are some great everyday sets available for us now that are nice enough to use for special occasions too.

Flatware Sets

Stainless Steel

cutlery2Farberware Cayenne Satin 20-Piece Flatware Set

If you like brushed stainless steel these have a simple, beautiful classic style that would go with any tableware. Farberware quality is very reliable, and the weight and feel of this set is comfortable in the hand. You can always start out with a couple of sets and add more later.

  • Service for 4 includes: 4-piece place setting includes dinner fork, salad fork, dinner knife, dinner spoon, and teaspoon
  • 18/0 Stainless steel
  • Brushed Pattern
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • 25 Year Limited

cutlery3Ginkgo Corrie 42-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set

This modern flatware has a rounded thin handle and is made of 18/0 stainless steel with a mirror finish. Corrie is the newest pattern by Ginkgo International Ltd., a second generation family owned and operated flatware company. Ginkgo Corrie 4-Piece Flatware Hostess Set also available.

  • The set includes 8 each: salad forks, dinner forks, dinner knives, dinner spoons, and teaspoons, as well as two solid serving spoons.
  • Dishwasher safe.

cutlery4Gourmet Settings Silver Tear 20-Piece Flatware Set

Handmade flatware has distinctive designs such as this Silver Tear pattern with a cylindrical handle that twists smoothly in a tight, uniform spiral. The flatware pieces themselves are large sized and heavy. Matching Gourmet Settings Silver Tear hostess set also available.

  • The set includes 4 place settings, each with: salad fork, dinner fork, knife, soup spoon, and teaspoon.
  • Crafted from 18/10 stainless steel with a mirror finish for tarnish-resistance and luster.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • 50 year warranty.


plasticPresent time Mix and Match Mutlicolored Assorted Cutlery Set

People have crept away from plastics and melamine lately but there are still some cute kitschy products on the market. It doesn’t have the durability of stainless steel, but this 16 piece set will likely light of the eye of whoever receives it.

  • 16 piece plastic handle set including 4 forks, 4 knives, 4 dinner spoons and 4 teaspoon
  • dishwasher safe
  • perfect for summer barbecues

Knife Sets

knivesMercer Cutlery Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set

If you’re just starting out, investing in a set of knives in a block or holder can be a good way to go. I love the modern look of this tempered glass block in this set, its beautiful and could be set at the back of a counter top without protruding.

  • 6-piece Genesis Collection knife block set with tempered glass block
  • Includes: 3-1/2-inch paring, 5-inch utility, 8-inch chef’s, 8-inch bread, 6-inch boning, and glass knife block
  • Single-piece forged German steel for a high-carbon, no-stain blades
  • Black Santoprene nonslip handles with excellent comfort and safety
  • Wash by hand;

blockBodum Bistro Universal Knife Block

If you prefer to collect your knives over time, please also see: Best Kitchen Knives: Chef’s, Paring and Bread.  A good knife block will protect your knives, and we no longer need to restrict ourselves to the big wooden blocks our mothers and grandmothers used.

  • Convenient storage allows the knives to be readily accessible on the counter
  • The myriad of fine plastic sticks allows tight and secure universal knife placement
  • The fine plastic sticks are removable and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
  • Plastic sticks do not dull the knives when inserting them into the block
  • The block is made of plastic with a soft touch grip and silicone feet anchor it

steak knivesWüsthof Classic Steak Knife Set, 4-Piece

I am an avid user of Wüsthof knives, and the reviews are awesome about their set of four steak knives. These knives are an investment in a set you will have for a lifetime.

  • Four steak knives with 4-1/2-inch blades ideal for meat slicing
  • Forged high-carbon stainless-steel blades, hand-honed for razor-like sharpness
  • Traditional-style composition handles are triple-riveted for strength
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Lifetime guarantee

Disposable Flatware

cutlery1Reflections Heavyweight “Looks Like Silver” Disposable Flatware

If you’re doing a small catering in a home or small rented hall, sometimes renting plates and cutlery can be as expensive as buying it. This disposable cutlery has a high end look suitable for casual dining, and could work well with high end disposable plates in such a situation. That leaves you with more money to spend on food and the event itself, to make your occasion more memorable and affordable. Includes 160-pc set includes 40 heavyweight plastic forks, spoons and knives + BONUS 40 forks. Not dishwasher safe.

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