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You grudgingly open your silverware drawer. But you already know before you grasp the handle that what’s inside is a total mess.
You see mismatched flatware collected over years of moving in and out, with or without friends, family, and significant others.
Corroded, stained, and rusty spots and streaks mar the surface of each fork, spoon, and knife, like some twisted culinary Van Gogh painting.
And there are warped tines on a bunch of forks, war wounds from over-eager eating, drunken falls, and older brothers trying to prove their strength.
And this only begins to describe the multitude of minor horrors lurking within that drawer. They all add up to a resounding truth:
YOUR. FLATWARE. IS. UGLY.
But you know what? Out with the old, in the new! It’s tine to finally streamline your silverware, and go shopping for a new set!
This time around, I’d rather you not head to your favorite superstore to absentmindedly grab a set from a huge wall of endless (albeit only subtly varied) designs before continuing on to shop for groceries and laundry detergent.
This time, promise me that you’ll make an effort to research and seriously consider your options first, to purchase a set that is better than what you’ll find a few aisles down from the bath towels and shower curtains.
Begin your journey on the path toward owning superior eating utensils with Made In’s line of flatware. If you are looking for a collection that is constructed with strong materials and is timeless, simple, and sleek in design, this might be the perfect set for you!
Read more below for all the details you need.
What You’ll Learn: Made In Flatware
What You’re Purchasing
Here are the five different types of utensils that are included with your purchase, as part of the complete flatware set:
- Dinner Fork
- Salad Fork
- Table Spoon
- Dessert Spoon
- Dinner Knife
There are currently two options: a 4-place-setting set, or one with 8 place settings.
The set of four place settings includes 4 of each utensil, totaling 20 items. The 8-place-setting option is twice as big and this includes 8 pieces of each style, totaling 40 items.
Stainless Steel Flatware Set, available from Made In
Opting for the bigger set and buying twice as much silverware doesn’t earn you any sort of discount from Made In, but you could easily mix and match one small with one large set for a total of twelve place settings, if that’s what you need. Financing options are also available.
The company does not currently sell their flatware a la carte. In other words, if you’re only seeking dessert spoons, or if you accidentally throw a fork in the trash, replacing just what you need or picking a single type of utensil isn’t available at this time.
Every piece of flatware has its own unique dimensions and weight, depending on the design and materials it is created from. And this affects the eating experience, as well as the look in the dining room when you set your table before dinner or a holiday meal.
Stainless Steel Flatware Set, available from Made In
Made In flatware has the following dimensions, in terms of length in inches and weight in ounces:
- Dinner Fork: 8 1/4 inches, 2.12 ounces
- Salad Fork: 7 7/8 inches, 1.41 ounces
- Table Spoon: 8 3/4 inches, 3.53 ounces
- Dessert Spoon: 7 7/8 inches, 1.76 ounces
- Dinner Knife: 9 3/8 inches, 4.23 ounces
The flatware is made in Italy.
The forks and spoons are made of 18/10 stainless steel. An 18/10 ratio means the steel contains 18% chromium and 10% nickel. Stainless steel constructed with this ratio has a shiny luster and the chromium helps prevent corrosion.
The serrated dinner knife is made of 18/0 stainless steel, and is crafted from a single piece of metal for blade strength. An 18/0 ratio means the steel contains 18% chromium and no nickel.
Comparing the weights of this company’s flatware to what I currently own, which includes 4 different styles of forks in my drawer (yikes!), Made In reigns as having the heavier weight overall, an indicator of higher quality.
The dinner forks that I own weigh anywhere from 0.9 to 1.4 ounces, a far cry from the 2.12 ounces of Made In’s dinner fork.
Care and Storage Details
All flatware items in this set from Made In are dishwasher safe.
The benefit of purchasing stainless steel utensils with an 18/10 or 18/0 ratio of chromium to nickel is that the addition of chromium prevents rust from forming easily. However, proper care and storage is still important to maintain its smooth look and pretty shine for as long as possible.
You may have maintained your previous silverware without a care in the world, but that lack of maintenance takes a toll a few years down the road! Taking just a few extra moments to properly clean it will make a big difference over time.
Be sure to remove as much food or liquid remnants as you can before placing each piece in your dishwasher, or wash it by hand.
Once it’s clean, give each item a quick polish with a clean towel or microfiber cloth to remove any water stains before placing them back in your silverware drawer.
So you’ve purchased your new collection, but something’s wrong? If you need to return or exchange anything, within the first 45 days, Made In will cover the return shipping costs in the United States.
The flatware is covered under Made In’s limited lifetime warranty. You can read more about the company’s warranty policy here.
Uncommon Quality for Common Flatware
Maybe I’m obsessing a bit excessively over something pretty commonplace. Maybe what you’d find at a big chain superstore is good enough to get the job done.
But I’m not settling for commonplace or mediocre this time around. And neither should you.
After all, you use your spoons, forks, and knives multiple times a day, every day of the week, every week of the month, every month of the year! They share one of the most intimate connections between you and your food every time you eat.
Maybe you should treat your flatware as you do your precious chef’s knives!
You’ve already gone through years of using the same spoons, forks, and knives. You’ve settled for the hand-me-downs from your parents or roommates. You’ve kept those few forks that your ex forgot to take with him when he moved out.
It’s time to not settle. Check out Made In’s superior line of flatware, and you’ll soon realize that you do deserve better! With a timeless design, they’re manufactured with better and heavier materials, and best of all – they all match!
Exactly what you need. And what you deserve.
And if your other dining and kitchen items are in need of an update, Made In has you covered with their:
Well? Do you have a silverware drawer filled with flatware that’s suffered years of neglect and abuse? What do you think of making some changes, and spending a little more for better quality spoons, forks, and knives that are designed to last? Let me know in the comments below!
Photos by Nikki Cervone, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu. Product photos via Made In Cookware. Sample products provided by the manufacturer.
About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is a hungry foodie living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she is not tearing through her city's best cheesesteaks, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.