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A Buying Guide to Restaurant Cutlery

5 Oct 2020, 3:46 PM

A Buying Guide to
Restaurant Cutlery

There is a huge range of restaurant cutlery to choose from when deciding which style is appropriate for your restaurant, and we at The Restaurant Store know how difficult that decision can be, which is why we’ve produced this simple buying guide to help make your choosing process just that little bit easier.

When finding the perfect fit for your dining establishment, it is important to make sure that the cutlery fits in with your overall restaurant design, as otherwise, it will look out of place. We offer a wide variety of restaurant cutlery, so there’s something to suit every kind of restaurateur, no matter the style you are looking for.

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18/10 or 18/0
stainless steel?

One question that needs to be considered in your search for the perfect cutlery is whether you would prefer 18/10 stainless steel or 18/0 stainless steel. 18/10 consists of 10% nickel, which is used to give cutlery its shine and increase its resistance to corrosion, and 18% chromium, which is used for durability and resistance to rust and corrosion, whilst 18/0 consists of 18% chromium and 0% nickel.

So which is better, 18/10, or 18/0? Typically, 18/10 is considered the better of the two, as its nickel content gives it a shiny look as well as providing a higher resistance to corrosion, both of which are important for the aesthetical side of your restaurant, and the nickel content is also great for the durability of the cutlery. If you wanted to buy 18/10 cutlery, Amefa cutlery, Elia Cutlery, and Utopia cutlery are great brands to consider.

18/0 stainless steel is a good option for those looking for a more cost-effective style of restaurant cutlery, as it tends to be cheaper than 18/10 cutlery whilst still being great quality. So, if you’re on a bit more of a tight budget when it comes to deciding on the perfect restaurant cutlery, perhaps 18/0 is a good option for you. Genware cutlery have a great range of 18/0 cutlery at a reasonable price, so are definitely worth considering!

Pressed or
forged cutlery?

Cutlery is formed from one of two methods, pressing or forging. The pressing method allows for a wide variety of patterns to be stamped onto the cutlery but pressed cutlery has to maintain a relatively flat design due to how it is produced. The forging method allows for the production of round, oval, and square cutlery, but due to the way in which it is produced, forged cutlery is usually plain, as it is limited on design.

When deciding which is the better option for your restaurant, there are a few factors to consider. Firstly, forged cutlery is typically more expensive than pressed cutlery due to it being more labour intensive to produce it. Therefore, if you’re not looking to spend a huge amount on cutlery, then perhaps go for pressed cutlery over forged.

Secondly, forged cutlery is often heavier than pressed cutlery. Heavier cutlery is often used in upmarket restaurants, whilst lighter cutlery is used in more affordable restaurants, mainly due to the higher price point of the heavy forged cutlery. Therefore, here your decision will come down to budget, as well as preference in whether or not your cutlery is slightly heavier.

Another difference between the two cutlery forms is that forged cutlery tends to be more durable, whilst pressed cutlery is typically slightly more flexible, and can sometimes bend out of shape when cutting through firmer foods. However, if you want to be assured of your cutlery’s durability, it is perhaps worth investing slightly more in forged cutlery.

How to store
your cutlery

Equally as important as deciding what cutlery you’re going to buy for your restaurant is deciding how you’re going to store it. Here at The Restaurant Store, we offer a variety of cutlery storage options, ranging from wood, to plastic, to metal. What you decide on depends entirely on the aesthetic of your restaurant and whether or not your cutlery storage is in the sight of your customers.

For example, if your restaurant is high end and you store your cutlery in the front of house area, it might be worth purchasing something like our 6 compartment cedar wood cutlery box, as this is an aesthetically pleasing and practical option. On the other hand, if you store your cutlery behind the scenes, then perhaps a polypropylene 4 compartment cutlery box will work for you.

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