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18/10, 18/8, and 18/0 - These numbers refer to the combination of metals used in the manufacturing process. The first thing consumers should know is that there is NO difference between 18/10 or 18/8. These products are exactly the same. In past years, manufacturers changed the description of 18/8 to 18/10.
FINE QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE is compromised of 18% chromium and 10% nickel. Chromium resists stains, rust, corrosion and is a strong solid metal in it's own right. The nickel content adds to the strength of the product. This gives 18/10 (or 18/8) stainless steel a boost in durability - keeping its like new appearance quite possibly for a lifetime if cared for properly. FACT: Many people cook with their flatware. So durable are the better brands, that this will not affect the finish.
Fine stainless flatware assures quality. Save $$$$. Find a product that is as conservative or elegant as you are... which can be employed for every day use as well as entertaining. Shown below is the 18/10 Reed & Barton Canter Place collection, featuring a classic design appropriate for all occasions and moderately priced.
                                                                                  ABOUT 18/0 FLATWARE
18/0 means a product is manufactured of 18% chromium stainless steel, no nickel content. 18/0 is less expensive because of this. Various companies offer 18/0 products as an alternative, passing the savings on to consumers. In light of that, one would expect these items to be a disappointment. Actually, that depends on the manufacturer and the particular product. There are many 18/0 items on the market made of high quality fine stainless steel. Most possess durability for everyday use, but definitely not all. A good rule of thumb: If you are purchasing a flatware set, only browse products from well known companies.
The brand name, reputation, customer reviews, and if possible - a "handling" test are good ways to assess craftsmanship. One of the more popular 18/0 Reed & Barton flatware collections is Colby, as shown below. This ensemble features durability, continental sizing, and a modern design.


 Whether formal, casual, 18/10 or 18/0,  REED & BARTON is an award winning company and the number one choice of consumers - internationally known for higher end quality fine and casual flatware products. Reed & Barton offers collections for every taste and budget, from upscale/formal to casual everyday tableware boasting Continental and American designing. With unmatched superior craftsmanship and style trends - every product is manufactured to last a lifetime. Did you know? Reed & Barton also manufactures flatware for fine tableware companies such as Mikasa and Waterford. Shown below: Waterford Covington. Highest of quality with a versatile attractive design.
INTERNATIONAL SILVER also has a high reputation. This company manufactures fine and casual flatware offering an array of products to suit any occasion. In addition, International Silver is the parent company of other well known brand names such as Pfaltzgraff, Rogers, Towle, and Wallace. All are now marketed through Lifetime Brands, Inc. with continued customer satisfaction.

A classic product is the Wallace American Tradition line. This pattern and similar designs have been in production for many years. American Tradition has mixed reviews. Many love the pattern and durability while others find it too lightweight as opposed to older Wallace products. After a handling test, we would say American Tradition is a sturdy medium weight and appears to be an all around decent 18/0 flatware for every day casual dining or entertaining. Not flimsy in the least. The glossy shine is very nice too. Dishwasher safe but with a shine like that, I'd hand wash/dry.
GOURMET SETTINGS This manufacturer receives rave reviews by consumers as well. Offering heavier weight European inspired designs ( and we mean heavy ) which include G.S. exclusive handmade patterns, Gourmet Settings has been called the "Ferrari of Flatware", and for good reason... as ALL merchandise is of unique high quality and every pattern is versatile - suitable for everyday use as well as formal entertaining. This is Gourmet Settings Non Stop. The spoons are strong enough to scoop even rock hard ice cream! This flatware is the ultimate of modern durability and strength.
ONEIDA While this brand has been on almost every tabletop in America as well as around the world, quality is the number one issue of recent customer ratings. (Please note that these reviews are for newer Oneida products only) Consumer comments from various sources state the following complaints:
"Cheaply made and lightweight"
"Lower in quality than other Oneida sets we've owned"
"This is supposed to be 18/10 but is flimsy and resembles low budget flatware"
"Michelangelo is a true disappointment for the expense"
"Older Oneida products were much better"
Oneida offers a patterns forever program for consumers, but they only carry a limited list of items available as open stock. For instance, if you have owned a Michelangelo set for years and wish to replace pieces... you may order that pattern directly from the manufacturer. However, the quality and workmanship of these newer replacement items leave much to be desired as compared to "original" products per reviews.
Customers have become less than satisfied, especially with the expense in contrast to the quality of the company's newer collections. We have also seen Oneida designs that we recognize, renamed - and well below expectations considering it is Oneida.                                                                                       

Shown: Oneida Camber aka "Scroll" pattern. This was a higher end flatware ensemble, also offered with gold accenting (Named Golden Scroll Camber) but discontinued in 1996. Nice enough for special occasions, with durability for every day casual dining. Many of these sets were purchased as wedding gifts due to the quality and style. Oneida simply doesn't offer merchandise like this anymore :(

The same pattern has been more recently offered as Oneida "Cresta" (Glossy finish 18/0) and Oneida "Satin Scroll" (Satin finish 18/0) in boxed sets - as shown below. Both are no better than low quality budget flatware in comparison to the original. What has happened to the outstanding reputation of Oneida? We do not know.
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