Flatware Buying Guide

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Each Tuesday in December we’ll post one of these buying guides.  If you’re looking for something specific, be sure to check out our buying guide page. Also, check back as we will add more upon the release of our 2012 January master catalog.

Understanding Flatware Weights

Medium Weight

  • Lightest weight flatware
  • Most economical
  • Commonly used in high-volume facilities

Heavy Weight

  • Durable and difficult to bend
  • Ideal for most commercial facilities
  • Available in both 18/0 and 18/10

Understanding Stainless Steel Types

18/0 and 18/10 specifications function to illustrate the percentages of chromium and nickel content in stainless steel. Chromium increases product hardness, while nickel helps resist rust and corrosion. These numbers represent the composition of the stainless steel only, not the weight.

18/0 Patterns

  • Composed of 18% chromium and 0% nickel
  • Value priced
  • Higher shine
  • Can be used with magnetic tableware retrievers and scrap blocks
  • Lower luster

18/10 Patterns

  • Composed of 18% chromium and 10% nickel
  • Maximum protection against corrosion, food and cleaning
  • Soft shine with polished finish that enhances the look of quality
  • Higher luster
  • Durable construction

Estimating How Much Flatware You Need

When estimating the amount of flatware you need, remember to take into account the number of seats in your establishment, the turnover rate, any specialty items on the menu, your warewashing capacity, the type of operation (fine dining, family style, cafeteria, etc.) and your backup inventory requirements.

Based on these factors, Central can help you order the exact amount of flatware you need to be successful.

To determine the right amount of flatware, multiply the number of seats you will be serving with the flatware number listed at the right and divide by 12. This will give you the number in dozens you will need to order.

For more information, view this Flatware Buying Guide in full on our website, which also provides the list of our flatware along with the manufacturer, metal composition, weight and an enhanced image of the handle.

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