Before purchasing new flatware, be sure to consider the metal composition and the quantity needed to meet the demands of your dining room and menu. Whether you run a commercial kitchen or simply want a new set for your home, make sure to choose a handle style or design that reflects the overall décor of your dining area. As flatware ages it becomes pitted and dulled or even bent; new silverware will revitalize your restaurant supplies faster than nearly anything else.
The metal composition of your restaurant flatware is the first decision you should make. The metal composition determines the durability and rust resistance of the utensils. For instance, 18/10 and 18/0 grade stainless steel both have 18 percent chromium, but the higher nickel content of 18/10 grade stainless steel makes the knives, spoons and forks heavier, more lustrous and more rust resistant than those made of 18/0 grade stainless. 18/0 grade stainless is flimsier and likely to warp or bend after continual use. 18/10 and 18/8 Stainless Steel are pretty similar in nickel content and either grade is a good choice for upscale fine dining or for catering events like weddings.