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on November 15, 2012
Cute little owls make this a very popular pattern. This set has been selling like mad since it was introduced earlier this year. It's something that would be nice if you have kids, since it's either whimsical or juvenile, depending on your point of view.
This is not expensive stainless, so the price point makes this attractive. You can find less expensive flatware, and also more expensive, so this is moderately priced. But I have questions about the durability of this over time according to my internet research.
Since this is 18/0 stainless flatware, I took a look at the differences between the various types of stainless steel:
* Brilliant luster
* Rust-resistant material
* Durable construction
* Easy to maintain
* Soft shine
* Zero nickel content
* Economical design
* Subject to staining
18/0 --- 18 percent chromium and 0 percent nickel
18/8 --- 18 percent chromium & 8 percent nickel
18/10 --- 18 percent chromium & 10 percent nickel
Like most flatware, this is made in China, although there is at least one company that advertises that it's flatware is made in the USA.
I wanted my review to be as accurate as I could make it so I have included the problems I found with this set.
On these flatware pieces, owls are not uniform from piece to piece. Some are deeply embedded while others are shallow. On some pieces you can see the pupil of the owl's eyes and on some pieces you can barely even see the outline of the eyes. On some pieces, the owl is actually not completely engraved, with one full side missing, or the design looks smudged in some places.
Also, four pieces had areas that were defective. It looked like tiny dents in the surface.
The finish on some pieces, mostly the bowls of the spoons, looks dull, and more cloudy grey than shiney silver. The handles are nice and shiney though.
The pieces seem a tad larger than usual, but they are strangely lightweight for their size.
There are reports on other websites that this set starts to show rust spots after only three months, even without them being left standing in water.
I put these in the dishwasher, and there were an unusually large number of water spots on them when I took them out. It may be better to simply hand wash and dry these.
I think, considering the reasonable price, that as long as you know this probably won't last forever, you will be pleased with it.
I showed this set to my sister, who is an owl lover and collector, and she was instantly in love with it. She immediately got her own set.
This set is also available in a 70 piece service for 12 that includes some serving pieces.
Rachael Ray Little Hoot Flatware is a winner in terms of originality and popularity. Today this was the top selling flatware set on Amazon, and it most likely will continue to be a top seller. I love the coordinating dishes with the Little Hoot pattern: Rachael Ray Dinnerware Little Hoot 16-Piece Dinnerware Set. Together with this flatware set it creates an adorable table setting.
The price here on Amazon is the same as the lowest price available on other sites, and some lucky people snagged this set at half price for a short while today here. Black Friday is almost here so keep your eye on short term sales to add to your collection of Little Hoot flatware and dinnerware.