What is the difference between 18/10 and 18/0?
In order to be called stainless steel, a steel alloy must contain at least 11.5% chromium. Aside from the knife blades, which contain more carbon and less chromium to ensure blades are sharp and stay that way, all of our flatware is made using 18% chromium. Some of our flatware, labeled as 18/10, contains nickel in addition to the chromium, which adds to the steel's resistance to corrosion as well as its luster. Because of a recent world shortage of nickel, which consequently doubled its price, we have consulted with independent metallurgists to assess the alternatives to using nickel. We learned that 18/10 stainless steel has a resistance to corrosion that far exceeds what is required for normal domestic use. Our 18 chrome stainless steel, properly processed, still meets our high standards for quality and passes all standard corrosion tests.
How do I Care for my Knork Products?
Product Care and Use
With proper care, our KNORK sets are designed to last for many years. Stainless steel is a hearty material that resists rust much better than other flatware mediums due to the presence of chromium, leading it to become the predominant manufacturing material used in flatware production. Its name means that it "stains less”, but stainless steel is not a 100% infallible material. Stainless steel does not readily corrode, rust or stain with water as ordinary steel does. However, it is not fully stain-proof in low-oxygen, high-salinity, or poor air-circulation environments.
As far as care, we do recommend using a non-citrus scented liquid detergent if possible, and avoiding compacted tablets (an example of these is the “Finish” brand tablets with the red “power” balls in the middle-these tend to be harsher and can damage the top coat of the stainless steel, which would cause rusting or spotting to occur.
Avoiding soaking pieces for any extended period of time is also important: stainless steel hates damp and dark environments, so a wet sink is a perfect place for rust/corrosion to thrive. Rinse pieces of any acidic residue or food (mayo, ketchup, butter, mustard, sour cream, etc.) until you can fully wash and put away, and make sure pieces are clean and dry before going in your drawer, making sure there is no pooled water anywhere on the surface. Using a high heat drying cycle in your machine will ensure that pieces are not sitting with water spots on them in a rust-friendly environment after a completed wash cycle.
Titanium PVD Colored Flatware
While our titanium PVD coated colored line is certainly dishwasher safe, handwashing is recommended as it is the gentlest care method. If dishwashing, it is recommended to separate different items into different washing compartments to prevent scratching that blades and sharp edges could potentially cause. Use a mild, non-citrus dish soap for hand washing, and if machine washing, a non-citrus mild liquid detergent is recommended. Powders or compacted tablets can be hard to dissolve and the granules can be abrasive and damaging.
Avoid using any abrasive sponges or scrubbers (including Scotch-Brite or steel wool), as these can irritate and damage the PVD finish.