You have probably noticed the terms “18/10” or “18/0” to describe stainless steel flatware and not been quite sure what they mean. Many assume it is the weight or gauge of the steel, but unlike how a lot of stainless steel is measured, these numbers actually refer to the composition of the metal.
18/10 and 18/0 stainless steel flatware are the most popular types with 18/8 tagging along behind them. These numbers refer to the ratio of chromium to nickel in the stainless steel. The first number (18 in this case) refers to the amount of chromium present while the second number refers to the amount of nickel. Chromium and nickel are both resistant to rust on their own, but combined they are a strong combination.
Essentially, the more nickel included the higher the quality of the flatware; but also the higher the price tag.
Care of Stainless Steel Flatware
Stainless steel flatware is dishwasher safe, but citrus based detergents are not recommended because of their corrosive properties. Both 18/10 and 18/0 stainless steel flatware should last you a long time and are safe for everyday use.
To make your choice, evaluate your business needs, the amount of time you are okay with spending on maintenance, and of course, your price point. Stainless steel flatware is a staple in the restaurant and should be selected with care.