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Ginkgo International Le Prix 20-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Place Setting, Navy, Service for 4
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- 20-piece casual flatware set for 4
- 4 each: 8-1/2-inch dinner knife; 7-3/4-inch dinner fork; 6-3/4-inch salad fork; 7-3/4-inch soup spoon; 6-1/2-inch teaspoon
- 18/0 stainless steel with riveted plastic handles in a choice of color
- Great for picnics, camping, or family reunions
- Dishwasher-safe; serving pieces available separately
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Ginkgo International Ltd
Ginkgo International Ltd. was founded in 1977 by Wes and Janet Helmick. Their goal was to bring to the market original, quality flatware designs at one of the best possible price. Now a second generation family business, Ginkgo continues to offer consumers the highest quality flatware and cutlery products at one of the best possible value.
We have a pattern and look for everyone. We offer a wide array of aesthetics to complement every table top and decor. All flatware patterns we manufacturer are made of 18/0 or 18/10 Stainless Steel . We offer a range of finishes as well; All Satin, Hammered, Mirror, and the extremely polished Full Mirror. No matter your taste, we have the flatware that you will want to use every day for the rest of your life. For over 35 years, Ginkgo has been designing quality products to please even the most discerning customer.
Differences in Steel
In metallurgy, stainless steel is defined as a steel alloy with a minimum of 11.5% chromium content by mass. Stainless steel does not stain, corrode or rust as easily as ordinary steel (it 'stains less'), but it is not stain-proof. For example, mayonnaise left on a knife blade in the sink seems to stain the blade a darker color.
There are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel to suit the environment to which the material will be subjected in its lifetime. Stainless steels have sufficient amount of chromium present so that a passive film of chromium oxide forms which prevents further corrosion. Stainless steel's resistance to corrosion and staining, low maintenance, and affordability make it an ideal base material for a host of commercial applications including flatware.
There are different types of stainless steels: when nickel is added, the austenite structure of iron is stabilized. This crystal structure makes such steels non-magnetic and less brittle at low temperatures. For greater hardness and strength, carbon is added. When subjected to adequate heat treatment, these steels are used as razor blades, cutlery, flatware, etc. A typical composition of 18% chromium and 8% nickel, commonly known as 18/8 stainless, is often used in flatware. 18/8 has approximately 18% chromium, and from 8-10 percent nickel. The nomenclature 18/8, and 18/10 are sometimes both used to represent the same type steel. 18/0 has 18 percent chromium, and no nickel. This common steel is often used in flatware sets as it combines the stain resistant elements of 18/8 at a lower cost. In recent years the price of nickel has increased by tenfold.
Most stainless steel spoons and forks are marked with their steel chemistry; usually 18/0, 18/8, or 18/10. All of these compositions should give you years of use with limited maintenance. If you notice discoloring, or small oxidation marks on your stainless, it can usually be cleaned off with hot soapy water, and a sponge. If that doesn’t so the trick, use a good quality stainless polish. Often, a rust spot on your flatware is not the flatware itself, but a dissimilar steel peeler or other item leaning against it in the dishwasher. There are many unique finishes available on flatware these days. The most durable and stain resistant is a high gloss mirror finish. A smooth mirror finish leaves little for oxidizing agents to attack. Satin finish (also known as brushed) breaks the surface of the steel, so it is more prone to staining. However, satin finishes, like on our Norse pattern, can be revitalized simple by scrubbing (in the direction of the 'grain') with a scotch-brite pad, or very fine steel wool. This cleans off the surface, and adds more micro scratches. Don’t try and scrub a frosted (also known as sand blast, or bead blast) finish, such as Pendulum. Just use a good stainless polish and a soft cloth.
Lafayette : Our Most Popular Pattern
Back in the 15th and 16th century colonial period, silver tableware was made from silver coins, since our country did not have any silver mines at this time. The coins were melted down, shaped, and hammered to their final form. Lafayette is a beautiful rendition of the hand hammered flatware of the colonial period. If a rustic, hammered look is what you're going for, look no further than Lafayette pattern. With its hammered finish and clean design, the Lafayette pattern is ready for everyday use. From kids to your most distinguished guests, the Lafayette collection is sure to please. The handles taper from a slender neck to a rounded tab end which lifts up off the table. The spoon bowls are squared off for a contemporary look, the forks feature extra-long tines, and the knife is constructed of one solid piece. We offer this pattern in a variety of ways; Set of 20, Set of 42, 5-piece place setting, 4-piece hostess set. All pieces are made from 18/0 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. Designed by founder Wes Helmick.
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Ginkgo has been designing quality since 1977. A perfect example of this is our Ginkgo Le Prix 20-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Navy, Service for four. The Le Prix pattern was first created for Ginkgo in the late 70's in a small village in Southern France. This original design by Ginkgo has been copied and emulated by many manufacturers all over the world. However, Ginkgo remains the original manufacturer of this flatware. Be rest assured that you are buying the original. This 20-piece place setting includes four each of the following; salad fork, dinner fork, dinner knife, dinner spoon and teaspoon. Made in Korea of 18/0 Stainless Steel. Dishwasher Safe. Ginkgo. Made for your life.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and this flatware has been flattered time and again over the past 30 years. This is the original, Le Prix, created for Ginkgo in the late 1970s in a small village in southern France. Now larger and sturdier, the flatware is constructed of 18/8 stainless steel with riveted, high-end plastic handles in a choice of half a dozen colors. Casual, fun, and worry-free, Le Prix sets are perfect for tucking in the picnic basket or camping kit, and pulling out for large gatherings such as family reunions when you want something in-between disposable plastic cutlery and the best silver.
The four place settings in this 20-piece starter each consist of an 8-1/2-inch dinner knife, 7-3/4-inch dinner fork, 6-3/4-inch salad fork, 7-3/4-inch soup spoon, and 6-1/2-inch teaspoon. A handy, all-purpose design, the knife blades are not only rounded, to easily spread butter or mayonnaise, but slightly serrated, so you can cut barbecued chicken right off the grill. The handles are break-resistant, and even the white plastic is stain-resistant. Best of all, the flatware is dishwasher-safe. --Ann Bieri
What's in the Box
4 place settings. Each place setting consists of: 8-1/2-inch dinner knife; 7-3/4-inch dinner fork; 6-3/4-inch salad fork; 7-3/4-inch soup spoon; 6-1/2-inch teaspoon. 20 pieces total.
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Edit March 12, 2016: I've been using these since my initial review, and they are holding up great. One knife lost a divet near the top that is just for show, but I am rough on these flatware. Also, occasionally there will be rust spots if I leave them in the dishwasher too long after it's done and they sit with water on them. However, a quick (and I mean quick) scrub with baking soda and a toothbrush and it's gone. Don't hesitate to get these. they are heavy nice flatware.
We've tried a 20-piece set to test quality & durability with no signs to date of any prior products' problems, and will probably be ordering another set to fill all our needs before much longer. If serving utensils are available, they will follow soon, too. (Note: This Ginkgo set is advertised as European designed, but it IS made in Asia, like its competitors. However, this company seems to maintain higher design specifications, plus exert much stronger and tighter quality control and quality assurance to produce a noticeably better product for its customers.)
The manufacturer claims that these are ''dishwasher safe''. My personal opinion (at least with our dishwasher and detergent and water) is that you can get away with that occasionally, but hand washing will produce less stains and discoloration and make this flatware last a whole lot longer than automatic dishwashing... plus their clean design makes washing fast and easy.
If you need or prefer casual flatware, or have special needs like me for rounded handles, I would strongly recommend Ginkgo Le Prix Stainless as something you should very seriously consider.