I'm in the market for new stainless flatware after a fire damaged my old set, which is no longer sold (the pattern is still out there, but not in the quantities we bought it in). I'm not finding anything quite like it so far... I wonder if some of you could recommend something that would work for me? My requirements:
1) Can serve a big crowd, say 15-20 people, for basic meals that call for a spoon and/or a fork. Sets that are service for 12 with 12 extra teaspoons and 12 extra salad forks will work well as long as the salad forks are on the big side. (I think 7" would be big enough?) Patterns with affordable open stock or sets of spoons or forks could be another good option.
2) Simple but classic pattern. I've attached a picture of our old pattern, which was just right. (Wallace Royal Thread, if you're curious.)
3) Will last a long time -- I figure I need 18/10 stainless so they don't rust, but I also know that the quality of 18/10 still varies pretty widely. I have used Wallace flatware in the past, and this held up well for the 3 years we owned it, but I have no idea how long it takes for flatware to deteriorate.
As a side note, I'm very confused about Wallace's stainless quality because I often see a pattern sold as 18/10 at some stores and 18/0 at others. Is one store misrepresenting it, or does Wallace make multiple grades for a single pattern?
Anyway, I am not loyal to Wallace and am prepared to get something a little nicer than what we had, just as long as requirement #4 is met. :-)
4) Won't break the bank. I'd prefer to stay under $200 for flatware + steak knives. (Is this even a realistic budget?)