Monthly Archives: October 2010

Cambridge Silversmiths – Tip #2 – Design

The second thing people look for when selecting flatware is almost as important and comfort and ease-of- use.  It’s the design or pattern that a person finds most esthetically appealing for a variety of reasons.  For example, if you are looking for place settings that are formal and most used for entertaining, then you might consider a Classic or European pattern.  Classic designs are reminiscent of the styles first used in the 17th and 18th centuries.  They tend to feature swirls and long lines representative of the nature of the culture, art, and taste of a given period in history.  On the other hand, if your flatware is going to be used on a daily basis, you may be looking for a pattern that is simpler in appearance and fits your overall décor and interior design scheme. 

 A lot will depend on the amount of intended usage which will directly affect the amount of washing and maintenance.  In this case, practicality may rule over other design variables including the composition of the steel alloy, the finish and other matters which will be discussed in tips that follow. 

Cambridge Silversmiths lets you choose from nearly 300 patterns, so you can be sure the right pattern for you is in our collection.

 

New Series of Tips on Purchasing Flatware

This is the first in a series of helpful tips from our Design Director, Noelle Smith, on how to choose the right flatware for yourself or as a gift.  We hope these tips will be of value when you make your next flatware purchase.

Cambridge Silversmiths – Tip #1 – Comfort and Ease of Use

 

In a recent survey of our customers, we learned that the first thing they looked for when selecting flatware was how comfortable it was to use or handle.  Of course, this incorporates the average weight and shape of the given utensils and how easy it was for the customer to hold and use.  Some people like heavier flatware and others lean towards eating with lighter utensils.  Regardless, it was the most important attribute for making the decision.  Many of our purchasers also buy flatware as gifts. On some occasions they may try to match the pattern with the recipient’s personality or guess what would go with their dinnerware.

 On another note, whether you are shopping online or perhaps in a retail store, you may not actually be able to pick up a utensil to try it out.  We suggest if that’s the case, that when you are dining out at a restaurant or at a friend’s home, FEEL the flatware and see what you are comfortable eating with.  Research can be a fun, as well as rewarding, experience in the long run and you will acquire knowledge of how different one brand can feel versus another.