Top three factors determining quality
18/10 or 18/0?
The ‘18’ refers to the chrome content of the stainless steel as a percentage by weight - chromium allows the metal to take on a soft shine that can be polished, adding resistance to oxidations.
The ‘0’ or ‘10’ refers to the Nickel content. Whilst an expensive metal, the addition of Nickel adds more corrosion protection, preventing pit marks and rusting.
18/10 is almost always more expensive than 18/0, but lasts longer.
Pressed or forged
Forged is more expensive than pressed due to the process involved but in recent years, there have been great developments in the quality of pressed cutlery and some ranges can rival the quality of a set of forged cutlery. A Nisbets best-seller, the Kelso range of pressed cutlery is an excellent expample of a high-quality and cost-efficient pressed cutlery solution.
Once worked into shape, the buffing is the finishing process. The cheapest is a tumble finish, economy cutlery will go through 4 levels of buffing and the finest 18/10 can receive up to 27 levels of buffing.