They say that with the advent of cutlery, a person became a reasonable being. After all, they distinguish us from animals. If earlier we ate with the help of hands and teeth, now we have shifted some of our responsibilities to special tools. Today it is difficult to imagine a meal without a cutlery. Unless in China and Japan still eat with the help of chopsticks.
Gradually, cutlery turned from a luxury item into something ordinary and everyday. They are made of wood, plastic, silver, nickel silver, stainless steel, aluminum.
It is quite logical to assume that the most noble and rich representatives of our society prefer to use elite cutlery. Which graph or prince will agree to eat refined soup with a wooden spoon? About the most expensive and famous cutlery and will be discussed in our article.
Robbe & Berking.
The famous German manufacturer appeared in 1874. Since then, in the whole world it is considered to be silver tableware and appliances from this manufactory, as an ideal, like real art objects. Over the past years, masters have been able to maintain the highest standards of quality, not exchanging for design experiments in favor of traditional rigor. The founders of the company created the motto: “Others can do it more cheaply, but no one can do it better than us”, relevant to this day. The image of Robbe & Berking is high due to the high level of quality and design. Canteen same devices from this manufactory are already beginning to be exhibited in museums, as exhibits of modern art of processing silver. The company’s products are created not just for the sake of beauty – it is used by the world’s leading hotels and restaurants. So, silver from “Robbe & Berking” is in the palace of the King of Jordan, in the official guest residences of the Kremlin. And in the Berlin Federal Chancellery receptions are served by devices from this manufacturer. When creating its collection, the manufacturer uses silver of exceptionally high quality. Every year, about 20 tons of this metal is required for the manufacture of cutlery. All items are made of silver of the highest 925 sterling. No other silver product has such a high reputation on an international scale. Even silver plated products are produced with a more valuable 150 g coating, in contrast to the traditional 90 g. This is evidenced by a special brand on the back of the product, a mammoth.
This French manufacturer is also valued in the world of cutlery. For 170 years of work in the market the company has its own philosophy: “The art of living, the art of hosting guests, the art of giving gifts.” And the company began with the fact that Charles Christophe purchased a patent for silver plating with a galvanic method. So for the French, the word “christophile” has become synonymous with “silvering”. Products of this brand are always covered with 925 silver. For the production of cutlery “Christofle” a special patented alloy is used. It is based on three metals: zinc, nickel and copper. The uniqueness of the alloy is that zinc in it is unusually high – about 20%. The cutlery, which is not even covered with silver, already looks like this. There are also collections with steel appliances. They are much more affordable, but they look no less beautiful. Steel appliances are the same white color and look like silver. In total, the manufacturer has about seven such collections. Attention “Christofle” pays and the shape of the hand, all designed about 20 different varieties of it. The manufacturer prefers to preserve the tradition of serving, her cutlery repeats those that he produced in the XIX century. For example, in the assortment there is even a clamp for the leg of the sheep, not particularly in demand nowadays. Silver instruments from these French are very practical, they can be washed even in a dishwasher. Only thus it is impossible to use abrasives, as soft silver is easily scratched.Collections are supplied with special antioxidant bags for storing devices. This will allow them to avoid the darkening that is unavoidable for such material. It produces “Christofle” and its own line for the care of silver. The company recommends that you periodically wipe your products so that they do not darken. It is better to wash table silver in a special machine that will allow the product to be evenly treated with water.
Cutlery from this manufacturer in general in France are popular in aristocratic families, where they are passed down from generation to generation. So the tradition is maintained with the help of these famous devices. The manufacturer produces sets, both of pure silver, and simply silver-plated. The basis is a special alloy of copper, nickel and zinc, on which the top is coated with silver. And although this method is considered more expensive, it provides better reliability. And improved wear resistance of problem areas is achieved by thickening the silver layer. Fork prongs are just prone to this problem. And silver or gilding is applied with the help of galvanotechnics – an electric current is passed through the solution. The layer of the silvered coating here is 63 microns, which corresponds to 150 g of silver of 95 samples. For comparison, the same “Christofle” this figure is 80 g. There is in the assortment of the manufacturer and a collection made of pure silver of 925 tests. And some instruments combine silver with glass, which gives them a kind of charm. The price of products from “Ercuis” is quite high. This is based on high quality products, stylish and diverse design, a wealth of series (up to 40 items). Like the previous manufacturer, Ercuis also offers its own products for the care of silver products.
And again the French are among the leaders. The first factory of this company was opened in the mid-1950s in the small town of Barenthal. His name is also easily the basis of the new brand. The symbol of the town is a bear, which appeared in the company’s logo. It seems to guarantee reliability and unconditional quality of brand products. In France itself, “Barenthal” managed to achieve the status of the second largest in the production of cutlery company. Every year it produces about two million items. The main material for them is steel 18/10, ARNOR Z7 CN. The thickness of the objects is 3 millimeters. The manufacturer allows you to wash your dishes in typewriters. Some products have a silver plated coating. It distinguishes the products of this company from all other really beautiful design. Barenthal resorts to fashionable today polishing, while for this handwork is used. This affects the cost of products, but the quality is achieved the highest. Series with partial polishing satin finish can go with gilding and without it. The company also produces unique series, which are specially styled for antique silverware. To do this, acid treats some areas, from which they darken. So the effect of an old silver product is achieved, but on the properties it is stainless steel, which is easy to care for. An example is the Louis XV series. Cuttings of stainless steel appliances are stylized for antique silver. And the series at Barenthal is mainly large, they contain up to 36 items.
The famous German manufacturer of cutlery appeared in 1880. A significant impetus for its development was the receipt of exclusive rights to use special steel V2A. Krupp created it specially for the production of tableware. The material based on chromium and nickel 18/10 with additives allowed to meet the highest requirements. It was patented under the trademark “Сгогмагган”. To date, the brand WMF can boast of more than twenty designs of cutlery. The catalog is divided into thematic sections. You can choose a device for a romantic meeting, with a classic design.Appliances of economy class will help to better correspond to modern style with an inclination in minimalism. The Germans generally offer a few inexpensive series. Their full line consists of 43 items, which are also supplemented with additional items for serving. You can find appliances for feeding meat or salad, tongs. Silver-plated series have 60 and 90 grams of silver applied. When applied, the thicker layer is traditionally accounted for in the zone of maximum abrasion. These are parts that relate to the table and dishes, for which the device is held by a person. It is interesting that enterprising Germans do not just release traditional devices, but also come up with new ones. For example, a spoonful of happy spoon is a miniature ladle, which is very convenient during tastings or a buffet. It is such trifles, as they consider in WMF, and determine the class of the brand. The company does not forget about caring for its devices, releasing a series of its own funds.
Arthur Price of England.
In 1902 this English company appeared, which immediately began to produce cutlery of the highest class. For their manufacture, the famous Sheffield steel is used, which has already become a legend due to its strength and durability. If we are talking about a steel character, then the English in this aspect mention exactly the Sheffield material. The company was so successful and significant for England that it received two awards – in 1977 from Queen Elizabeth II, and in 1988 – from the Prince of Wales. But during the Second World War, the company was on the verge of bankruptcy – it was necessary for her to re-profile and start releasing the details for the bombs. Today, the English manufacturer offers high-quality appliances for table layout. This is a variety of tweezers for sugar and ice, cake blades, serving knives for fish and meat, large spoons for sauces, serving spoons for caviar and sugar, napkin rings, ice buckets, ashtrays, trays, vases and spice kits. .
The famous Italian manufacturer is present on the market since the XVIII century. It was then that nobleman Giuseppe Sambone, master of gold and silver, received an order for the restoration of the sacred objects of the Cathedral of Vercelli. Upon completion of this work, the Italian received the title of master of fine arts, and the company founded by him received his name. Since 1856, she began to produce cutlery in stainless steel, as well as a 12-percent alloy of silver and nickel. In 1932 the company built the first in the country plant for the production of cutlery from silver of the highest standard. In 1947, the company patented the “Silverplating” technology, becoming the manufacturer of “luxury” utensils. In 1956, the brand received worldwide fame after winning a tender for the supply of dishes for the hotel “Hilton”. And the collection “Hollware” in general became part of the exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Sambonet company is distinguished by high-quality metal processing, unique design and affordable price. It is no accident that Italian cutlery is chosen and royal houses, and fashionable hotels, restaurants, and simple families.
This is a real corporation that owns several trademarks of cutlery around the world. In America it is Oneida, and in Italy – Sant’Andrea. Devices of this brand, which appeared in 1880, is distinguished by a great variety and high quality. And if Oneida is an affordable medium level, then Sant’Andrea is already a quality “luxury”. Cutlery of this manufacturer is distinguished by its exquisite design and variety of series. High-quality stainless steel is used for manufacturing. At the brand “Sant’Andrea” the most famous collections are named after the great composers: Mozart, Wagner and Strauss. By order, you can apply a silver coating on these series. And Oneida has one of the most interesting series Metro.In her cutlery is made in a materialistic style, which is great for both European cuisine and mixed. They are distinguished by heavy, straight and narrow handles with a matte surface.
This company is among the world leaders in the production of cutlery, as well as dishes made of ceramics, crystal, porcelain. For more than half a century, Mikasa has always been associated with quality and design. It is no accident that the company not only uses the most advanced production technologies, but also cooperates with well-known designers in the development of its products. Mikasa stands out for its style diversity, which allows each person to find exactly “his” set.
The Arc Collection.
As you can see, many brands were able to become famous and successful, producing quality, but at the same time inexpensive dishes. Annual output is measured in millions of pieces. But in the case of the Arc Collection it is worth talking about the artistic value of such cutlery. They are, without exaggeration, real masterpieces of art. Over this series worked not just designers, and jewelers of the company FooFitch. An unusual collection includes forks with knives of traditional English style, as well as Japanese chopsticks. Cutlery sets shine not only at the expense of silver – a traditional material for expensive utensils. In this collection, each item is encrusted with diamonds. For example, each of the two sticks has nine gems, the same number was found on spoons with forks. All cutlery is encrusted with the FooFitch logo. I must say that such a set is not at all a museum rarity or an exhibition copy. In London boutiques and shops, he already sells at a price of 5,500 pounds sterling.
For Europe, the cutlery of this manufacturer has long been considered “number one”. The fact is that it was Guy Degrenne who started the first to produce such stainless steel utensils. The company has built the largest on the continent plant for the production of cutlery, in its catalog more than 10 thousand items, of which only cutlery about fifty different series. There is a whole restaurant collection that will differentiate the products depending on the level of the institution. In general, cutlery is mainly made of 18/10 steel, which gives them shine and additional protection. Such products can be washed in professional machines, and they do not require special storage rules. High quality is confirmed by the brand name, which is necessarily present on every product. The brand Guy Degrenne has also proved to be the leader in the production of silver products and even gold. The assortment of the same series differs from palace to trendy, made in the style of hi-tech.
This manufacturer is considered to be one of the oldest, having been producing cutlery for almost two centuries. And it all began in 1818 in Milan, when Gaetano Brodzhi opened a small factory for the production of silver cutlery and dishes. In 1840, Broggi received the status of the official supplier of the dishes of the court of the King of Italy, and then other European crowned families became clients. Today the company operates mainly on the Italian market, being the only distributor of such a famous brand as Villeroy & Boch. Italians are a regular supplier for numerous hotels, embassies, coffee shops. And for the production of devices is the same classical steel with 18 percent chromium and 10 percent nickel. Thanks to chrome, the dishes are resistant to corrosion, strength and gloss, and nickel protects against aggressive food acids. There are in the assortment of the manufacturer and some products covered with extra silver. This gives the already high-quality instruments also sophistication.
More recently, the labeling of William Welch has appeared on the cutlery of this manufacturer.Products are distinguished by unique shapes, ergonomics and high quality. For production, the classic 18/10 steel is used. But the variety of series the company achieves due to various polishing – matte and mirror. Cutlery from Robert Welch are real works of art. For example, the Deta series is an example of elegance. Both forks and spoons are bent in a wave. Knives not only have a streamlined shape, so also their blade is curved. It should be noted and the Vista series with an unusual design, where each subject is absolutely non-standard.