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Zwilling JA Henckels 22748-345 Provence 45-Piece 18/10" Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Silver
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- heavy gauge, 18/10" stainless steel and forged
- reflect the tradition of high standard quality Henckels craftsmanship.
- European styling
- lustrous mirror finish
- European styling
- 45-piece flatware set with service for 8 includes 8 each: salad fork, dinner fork, knife, tablespoon, and teaspoon
- 5-piece service set includes sugar spoon, butter knife, meat fork, serving spoon, and slotted serving spoon
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I’ve attached a photo showing a J.A. Henckels “Provence” dinner spoon (the larger of the two place-setting spoons) on the left, and my Oneida dinner spoon on the right. My Oneida spoon is typically sized: 6 ¾’ long, with a bowl that is 1 ½” wide and 2 ¼” long. The Provence dinner spoon is 7 ¼” long, with a bowl that is the same width (1 ½”), but 2 ¾” long. This is a good sized spoon and a great fit for larger hands, or someone just used to using continental-sized flatware.
The measurements for the other “Provence” place setting utensils:
….almost 6 ½’ long in total, the bowl is almost 1 3/8” wide and 2 ¼” long
….almost 8” long
….about 7” long
….9 ¼” long
Not surprisingly, given the larger size, the “Provence” flatware pieces are also heftier than my Oneida. Or typical silverware you find in restaurants. Which brings up my second criteria while searching for silverware.
I wanted 18/10 stainless steel. It costs more, but it looks better longer. This is something I’m sure my kid could care less about. But if you look at the picture I’ve attached once again, the “Provence” spoon on the left has gone through the dishwasher once. The Oneida spoon on the right has been in daily use for 30 years. It has some dents, and wouldn’t be confused with brand new, but it still has a bright shiny surface.
In short: Stainless steel silverware generally has 18% chromium. That's the 18 in the 18/10, 18/8 and 18/0 designations. Nickel is added for corrosion resistance. That's the 10, 8 or 0 after the slash. Stainless silverware with zero nickel added loses its luster after a couple years. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, it just won't have the shiny polish anymore. Think of how most restaurant silverware does not have the new-silverware luster.
This set is 18/10, meaning it has at least 10% nickel. High-end 18/10 silverware has more than 10%. 18/10 costs more, but it will stay beautifully shiny for decades. (If it doesn't, definitely take advantage of the warranty.)
There is no silverware that looks new forever, but 18/10 is the way to go for me. Someday my son will thank me. HAH! – not really, but it amuses me to think so!
I've used this same set for about 10 years now. I originally found them at Bed Bath & Beyond. As slowly the sliver has disappeared over time, I've come to needing another set to add back what we are now low on. But, I couldn't find them at BB&B, nor any other stores I looked in, and found them here on Amazon. They are the exact same as what I purchased 10 years ago. No change in weight, feel, etc.
For those worried about it rusting or issues in the dishwasher:
As soon as I received them I put them all in the dishwasher and they turned out fantastic.
I've had them for around a month now and they look pristine.
For those worried about durability/bending:
As soon as I got them and was unpacking them, first thing I did was try to bend one of each piece.
If I tried as hard as I possibly could they would probably bend slightly but that's if I put my full strength into this thing. They are pretty legit, and are certainly as strong as the more expensive silverware I grew up with that my parents had costing 5x(literally) this price.
I purchased this as my first set of flatware expecting to use it for a bit then eventually replace it. I didn't think it looked too great, not bad but not special, online. After seeing it in person I absolutely love the look/style. They look outstanding.
Also, my girlfriend wants me to mention the extra pieces (serving pieces) are nice. Particularly the small little spoon it includes. She loves that cute little spoon.
If it starts to rust, I'll be back some day to update this and let you guys know.
UPDATE: 5/15/2012 - Still in perfect condition - rust free no bends no nothin'