Wallace 18/10 92Pc Flatware Set-2 Styles
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Thunderthighs posted this picture in the last sale to show what the set looks like in its box
Monte: Better yet–lets hop in YOUR car and finish this talk on the way to the hospita.
18/10 is the quality stuff that will last and keep its luster.
this set is screaming for me to buy! it had me at:
12 piece sets!
12 additional teaspoons!!
really wishing I wasn’t broke from christmas.
18 percent chromium, 10 percent nickel. The nickel helps resist corrosion, chromium helps it to be harder. You will see cheaper sets advertised as stainless steel and be 18/0, i.e., 0% nickel. The 18/10 is what you typically want to look for.
Got this set (Parker) last time offered on Woot, just in time for Thanksgiving and am very pleased with it - good weight, long tines on forks, great to have extra spoons and the serving pieces are great. IMHO, a very good deal (and $10 less this time).
Is Wallace a good manufacturer? I know these are all made in China but last time I bought Oneida and have been ultra-happy with the set.
Woot, can ya give us a good deal on incandescent light bulbs now that the feds have made their manufacture illegal?
Too bad they don’t come into a wooden case…
Wallace used to be one of the top flatware companies, but apparently, they sold the name quite some time ago. They may still make some of the sterling flatware, but am not sure.
Edited to add:
This is from http://www.silversuperstore.com/
about the Sterling flatware. The Stainless page doesn’t say who is in charge of that.
I was curious because my mom has Rose Point service for 20something.
Wallace Silversmiths traces its beginnings back to Robert Wallace, who made the first nickel spoon in America in 1835. He once supplied Horace Wilcox, the founder of International Silver, with spoons to sell from his wagon. The two companies’ history intertwines again in 1986 and 1988 when the Syratech Corporation purchased both companies and relocated them to East Boston, Massachusetts.
Today, Wallace Silversmiths is now part of the Lifetime Brands family, who also manufacture Towle Silversmiths, Tuttle, International Silver, and produce the Gorham and Kirk Stieff sterling flatware patterns under license.
18/10 refers to the percentages of Chrome and Nickel, respectively, which are the two ingredients that make stainless steel stainless. The differences in those two numbers are what differentiates one stainless alloy from another. My research suggests that 18/10 is essentially 304SS which is highly corrosion resistant and tough but rather soft. So, it would likely be great for flatware but you wouldn’t want a carving knife made out of it.
There are three classic standard grades of stainless steel sold in United States:
18/0: Chromium: 18%, No Nickel.
18/8: Chromium: 18%, Nickel: 8%. This is the most common stainless steel used worldwide
18/10: Chromium: 18%, Nickel: 10%. This is the most common ‘high quality’ grade
Role of Chromium
Chromium increases hardness penetration, toughness, and wear resistance. The most important effect on steel is to resist staining and corrosion. When the steel contains 10.5% or more Chromium, the surface reacts to the oxygen in the air forming Chromium oxide. Chromium oxide prevents the ‘staining’ (rusting) of the iron alloy, leading to the name stainless steel. If you scratch the surface, the oxygen in the air forms new chromium oxide surface. Higher the amount of Chromium, thicker is the protective surface and coated quicker by Chromium oxide after it has been scratched and exposed to air.
Role of Nickel
The stainless steel may corrode due to acids and salts. Nickel is added to prevent the corrosion and pitting. It hardens the steel, and adds whiteness to render polishing (shiny) characteristics. Higher the amount of Nickel, harder and shinier is the stainless steel, as well as the price.