Kitchen Cutlery



The most famous towns relating to kitchen cutlery are Sheffield, England and Solingen, Germany. The cutlery industry has had some major changes since World War II. This has drawn new manufacturers to the market from countries including Switzerland, Japan and Portugal. This is the reason Sheffield in the UK is no longer a kitchen cutlery centre. Solingen in Germany has remained a worldwide leading manufacturer of kitchen cutlery due to it embracing the changes in the kitchen cutlery market and modernising their manufacturing techniques.

The often cheapest and easiest way to start a collection of cutlery is to purchase a set or otherwise known a canteen. In the UK canteens are normally sold as a 24 piece set, a 44 piece set or a 58 piece set.

A 24 piece set of kitchen cutlery would normally comprise of 6 table knives, 6 table forks, 6 table spoons and 6 teaspoons.

A 44 piece set of kitchen cutlery would normally comprise of 6 table knives, 6 table forks, 6 dessert knives, 6 dessert forks, 6 dessert spoons, 6 soup spoons, 6 teaspoons, 2 serving spoons.

Finally, a 58 piece set of kitchen cutlery would normally comprise of 8 table knives, 8 table forks, 8 dessert knives, 8 dessert forks, 8 dessert spoons, 8 soup spoons, 8 teaspoons, 2 serving spoons.

Once you have purchased your initial set this can then be added to with pieces that suit your cooking and diet needs. For example, soup spoons, fish knives, fish forks, steak knives and steak forks. At the end of this article we explain what each piece is used.

cutlery-corner22When setting a place setting of cutlery the kitchen knives should be placed with the cutting edge facing the plate. The cutlery should be about 1 inch apart; this obviously depends on how many courses you are eating. Place the kitchen cutlery in order of use, working from the outside in to the plate. The dessert spoon, dessert fork or dessert knife is placed above the plate. Depending on what is being served depends on whether a dessert knife or dessert fork is used. A bread knife can be placed on a side plate. A dessert knife can be used in place of a bread knife.

Serving pieces can also be added to your range of cutlery, including serving spoons and serving forks, salad serves and possibly a cake server.

Good quality kitchen cutlery is produced of 18/10 stainless steel. This means the cutlery stainless steel has a content of 18% chromium and 10% nickel added to the steel. 18/10 stainless steel helps to prevent cutlery from rusting. Stainless steel cutlery knife blades have 13% chromium content and no nickel to ensure the blade keeps it sharpness.

Cutlery is usually made of four different types of metal; stainless steel, sterling silver, silver plated or gold plated.

Cutlery is usually dishwasher safe; however it is always recommended that you refer to your kitchen cutlery manufacturers care of use to make sure. If you do decide to put your cutlery into the dishwasher make sure that you use liquid detergent, as power detergents are abrasive and may scratch your kitchen cutlery. Always open the dishwasher at the end of the cycle to release the steam. Mineral salts in the water will eventually corrode you kitchen cutlery. Never use abrasive cleaners or wire wool on your cutlery.

cutlery-corner23The best way to clean your cutlery is to wash it by hand. Do not soak your cutlery and always dry with a soft cloth, do not leave your kitchen cutlery to stand and dry as this will leave water marks on your kitchen cutlery.


Sterling silver, silver plated or gold plated kitchen cutlery should not be put into the dishwasher.

18/10 stainless steel cutlery is normally available in brushed or polished finishes. Polished finishes will show signs of use over a period of time.

Buying cutlery is an extremely personal thing and it is always advisable to handle kitchen cutlery before purchasing to make sure you are happy with the weight and the feel of the kitchen cutlery in your hands.

Approximately 70% of consumers cook and entertain more at home that they did five years ago and it is an increasing trend. As a result consumers are purchasing more cutlery for both everyday dining and entertaining.

When choosing your cutlery consider how many place settings you will require. It is also a good idea to choose a range of cutlery that can be added to in the future, or purchase specialist pieces as mentioned earlier.

A good quality cutlery set will be reflected in the price and the manufacturers guarantee. If the kitchen cutlery has a long or lifetime guarantee you can be assured that this set is of good quality.

If your budget will stretch to it do buy 18/10 stainless steel as this is far better quality and will stand the test of time against corrosion.

It is normally better value for money to buy a cutlery set or canteen as a starter pack and then add to it.

Items of kitchen cutlery and there uses:

  • Table knife would be used for main course meal.
  • Table fork would again be used for your main course.
  • Table spoon would be used with a main course, as a serving spoon or sometimes used for measuring when cooking.
  • Dessert knife would with be used with you dessert, depending on your dessert and can also be used as a bread and butter knife on a side plate
  • Dessert fork would be used with you dessert.
  • Dessert spoon would be used with you dessert.
  • Soup spoon would be used for soup.
  • Teaspoon would be used for tea or measuring when cooking
  • Coffee spoon would be used with a espresso cup
  • Fish knife and fish fork would be used with a fish course.
  • Cake fork would be used cake and pastries.
  • A steak knife and steak fork would be used with steak.

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