Whether you're looking to replace, upgrade or supplement your current cutlery set, we have a huge range of stunning pieces to choose from.
Our timeless Robert Welch sets are made from 18/10 stainless steel, with hardened stainless steel knife blades for the smoothest cut. We know everyone's needs are different, so our complete sets start from as small as 7 pieces – ideal for a single place setting – all the way up to 84 pieces for dinner parties of up to 12 people.
What is a good quality cutlery set?
If you are looking for a long-lasting, high-quality cutlery set, there are some important factors to consider before buying.
Firstly, you should opt for a material that is durable and rust-resistant. Stainless steel is a great choice for everyday use and special occasions as it's hard wearing and polishes up beautifully. When opting for stainless steel, you may see one of the following sets of numbers: 18/10, 18/8 or 18/0. The first number refers to the level of rust-resistant chromium. The second number is the amount of nickel – the higher the nickel lustre, the higher the shine.
The weight and shape of the cutlery will also determine its quality. Lightweight cutlery pieces tend to get damaged or disfigured easily, whereas heavier pieces are more robust. When buying online, you can usually tell by the thickness and shape of the tails how durable they are.
For everyday use sets, you need to think about practicality. So, it's best to double-check if it's dishwasher-safe.
Long term, the thing that most often lets cutlery down is the cutting edge of the knife. There’s nothing worse than having to squash a knife into your food because it won’t cut! For that reason, our unashamed preference is the Robert Welch range. Unsurprisingly, for a company that made its name with their excellent range of knives, Robert Welch’s cutlery knives are exceptional, featuring top quality stainless steel and hardened edges that will stay sharp, making them a joy to eat with.
How to formally set cutlery on a table
The rules around setting cutlery for a formal dinner party can differ depending on your source or how many pieces your set contains. However, there are rules which always remain consistent. The following pointers are simple and fool-proof for a beautifully laid table, ready for your dinner guests.
Knives and spoons are placed to the right
Forks are placed to the left
Cutlery should be placed in the order of use. Starting from the outside, inwards
For prongs should be positioned upwards, and knife blades should face inwards towards the plate
If specific knives are needed for meat or fruit, these should be brought out just before the course
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