Cutlery by Style
An extensive range of high-quality, expertly designed stainless steel catering cutlery sets from world leading brands ideal for use in establishments such as restaurants, hotels and cafés, as well as at home. These stainless steel cutlery collections offer a style and shape to suit all levels of food service, whether you wish to add a touch of class to your fine dining establishment or provide hard-wearing canteen cutlery for a more casual dining experience. Choose from a variety of designs, ranging from classic bead to modern slimline. We also supply safer, hard-wearing polycarbonate cutlery for environments where lighter yet resistant cutlery is required, for example at outdoor events or in hospitals. For single use occasions we have a broad range of disposable cutlery. Ensure your knives, forks and spoons are stored correctly with a choice of cutlery storage options, including cutlery trays, racks and jacks.
What is the difference between 18/0 and 18/10 when talking about Cutlery?
When choosing cutlery, your first hurdle to overcome is understanding the difference between 18/0 and 18/10 types. These numbers simply refer to the type of stainless steel used in the product. Stainless steel is an alloy, a metal made by combining two or more metallic elements; the benefit of artificially creating this new metal is that its properties can be manipulated, allowing it to be better suited to its desired function.
The first number, “18”, always refers to the chrome content of the stainless steel as a percentage by weight; Chromium is the component of stainless steel that gives it its stainless property. The addition of Chromium allows the metal to take on a soft shine that can be polished, whilst additionally adding some resistance to oxidation or rusting.
The second number, “0” or “10”, refers to the Nickel content in the alloy, again as a percentage by weight. “0” would indicate the steel has no added Nickel, meaning the cutlery would retain its magnetic qualities. This makes it ideal for if you intend to use with magnetic cutlery saving systems, which are often used in high volume restaurants. The addition of Nickel adds more corrosion protection to the cutlery, preventing pit marks and rusting, but since Nickel is an expensive metal, 18/10 cutlery is almost always more expensive than 18/0.