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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2004
Oneida brand flatware is very deceptive. They have been generally known as a quality brand, but over the past few years, they have marketed lower priced, lower quality flatware. Unfortunately, this is one of them. I purchased this set for college a few years ago and it defintiely did not last the test of time.
I really liked the look of the "Flight" set and thought that Oneida would be a quality brand. However, the flatware is very thin and light and were not heavy duty at all. They reminded me of cafeteria quality flatware...not something at a nice restaurant. Whenever I used them on anything that produced a little bit of resistance (like ice cream right out of the freezer), the flatware had a tendency to bend. Yes, that's right. BEND. Over the course of a few years, the spoons and knives were the hardest hit and some do look very warped. Every now and then I try to re-bend them back to the way they were, but alas it just doesn't look the same.
I recently purchased the Lenox Butler's Pantry 45-Piece Flatware Set and am much happier with this purchase.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2005
I bought a 52-piece set at Costco in Jan 1996. It is a beautiful setting which I've used virtually every single day since I bought them for both daily and company use. In fact, I'm looking for a good price on a second 53-piece set! When I read the last post I just had to add my review...

There is a difference between the "Satin Flight" and the "Flight"... Satin Flight is a lesser quality of the same design from Oneida, and unless you've done a search, or been into an Oneida store, it is very easy to not realize this... I didn't. I suspect this may be the case with the previous reviewer because it certainly does not match my experience. I've also noticed that there is a "satin" version of a number of the popular Oneida patterns...

My set still looks new after countless dishwasher cleanings and hard use. If you are looking for a pattern that you can use everyday, holidays, parties, whenever, this is really the perfect pattern. I also like it because I've changed my dinnerware since I bought the stainless setting and they look as beautiful with the new dish pattern as they do with my older dishes!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2005
I am very disapointed in this Oneida flatware. Perhaps, like everything else, if you purchased this pattern years ago, the quality might be different. But mine have rusted. Since Oneida, has a lifetime warrenty, I decided to send the sets back. True to their word they sent me new, but advised me that if I used them in tomato based products, and put them in dishwasher without rinsing, the same thing was going to happen.

I decided that in order to keep them nice, I would just handwash them after every meal. The knives are now rusting and I have only had the new set a year.

The set I replaced with this set was from Oneida and I got that set on sale at Wal-Mart and even after 10 years of use, they weren't rusted. I only replaced them because I found the Flight pattern at a bargain price. I am really sick about this set of flatware. Oneida will make it right, but what a hassle.

I always thought Oneida was a higher end product...no more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2007
I bought the Oneida Flight pattern 2.5 years ago when I graduated from college - Loved the pattern, loved the weight, loved the quality. This year, I wanted to add more place settings (I only got a service for 8 the first time), so I ordered this set thinking that it would add to my current set. Unfortunately, in the last two years, Oneida has changed the manufacturer. Instead of the heavy, made in the USA set that you could purchase two years ago, Oneida is selling a similar looking lighter, made in Vietnam set. It's noticeably less good - The knives are much lighter and handles are thinner, the forks are shorter, and the serving peoples seem "cheap." If you can get the older USA version (which by the way is the set pictured - the product that you'll receive is similar but not exact), I'd recommend it instead of this set. I found a few of the bigger chain stores that have a couple boxes of it left on the back of the shelves.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2004
I purchased a set of this flatware for my first house. I bought it for the versatility. It is classic enough for everday use, while still looking elegant for formal dining. In the 7 years I have used them, I have NEVER had a problem with craftmanship. Highly recommend this brand and style (espeically at this price). :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2006
I bought my first set of this pattern ten years ago. I was looking for affordable tableware (without going cheap) and loved the simplicity and graceful styling of the pattern. The weight was slightly heavier than standard restaurant tableware. Neither the tines of the forks nor the handles of the forks nor spoons bent. The edges of the tines and bowls are rounded and don't cut my mouth as does standard restaurant tableware. I've never had any problems with rusting or bending with proper care and use. I've found a couple of small rust spots which came from another rusted item drying in contact with my tableware. That rust was easily removed with a spot of Barkeeper's Friend Cleanser and Polish. Hard frozen ice cream is not something I've ever tried to serve without an ice cream scoop engineered for that purpose. I've never found a set I like better. I've bought another set to replenish losses and accommodate additions to the family. Unfortunately, my second set was not made in the USA. The new sets are now made overseas with a flat one piece handle on the knife rather than the rounded hollow core two piece handle of the old design. The new handle doesn't feel as comfortable or look as good. The rest of the set feels lighter and I've now had a spoon bend. My rating isn't five stars anymore but I can't seem to change it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2002
I have had this pattern for years. It is very sturdy and heavy. Even the highest critic (my husband) likes the sturdiness of the flatwear. It hasn't lost any of it's luster, and still looks great after close to ten years of use. None of my pieces are "warped" from bending when being used. To me, this is the most important feature of flatwear... it's sturdiness.
I really think this is one of Oneida's best patterns. While simple, it has a flair to it. It isn't a pattern you will see in everyone else's kitchen. It is unique in that way. I will often take a fork with my lunch to work, and I never have any problems identifying very quickly which fork is mine after everything has gone through the dishwasher.
I have just recently purchased a set for my Dad who was complaining that his forks weren't sturdy enought. My Mom bought him a new set (from elsewhere -- and not Oneida) and he is still complaining. So... a service for 4 is his one of his Christmas presents. I know that it is kind of an odd Christmas present, but I KNOW he will like it and get good use out of. I also bought the service for 8 for my own household. With three kids, pieces seem to go missing for no apparent reason, and of course -- NO ONE knows where they are. LOL :)
High recommended!! A great product.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2006
I've owned the Oneida Flight pattern (originally called "Reliance") for years and loved the silverware. However, in trying to buy more I've learned that not only do they make the regular version but they also they did make a cheaper version of this pattern since it was one of their most popular looks. There is a huge difference in quality between the Flight peices and the ultra-inexpensive version called Flight II. I've seen them side by side in person and it's easy to tell, but online it's hard to tell which you are buying. If you like the look and want a quality but still relatively inexpensive set just make sure you don't get the Flight II sets.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2003
My gold box popped up the Satin Flight service for 8 at a great price, and my heart about popped out of my chest, I was so excited, but then I realized I had the mirror finish, and I absolutely love it, and wouldn't mix. It's a great product, and as another reviewer stated, I rarely if ever see it in anyone else's home, despite its elegance.
It works with my everyday dishes and looks equally beautiful with my good china and crystal. I highly recommend it. I've had it since it was called Reliance many years ago, and the pieces still look new. I put them to hard work with kiddos and a dishwasher.
Get them if you're debating!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2005
I purchased this set for my new apartment about six months ago, and I absolutely love it. I agree with what everyone else has written, the styling is casual but still sophisticated enough for parties and the like. As for the person who wrote that the silverware bends when taking on such things as ice cream straight from the freezer... this has not been my experience, but perhaps the solution is to use the correct tool for the job (in that case, an ice cream scoop instead of a teaspoon?). I have not been disappointed in this set at all, I'd buy them again in a heartbeat.
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