I'm looking mainly for by the place setting or single pieces as I live alone so don't really need a whole set. That said, I'm having a real hard time finding something that's both affordable and decent. First I tried the Oneida Mooncrest, the spoons out of the pack of 4 I ordered directly, 2 where rusty (made in Indonesia) the forks, made in China, not rusty but really ruff and cheap feeling.
Then I picked up some single pieces at World Market, I really like the design of the Teardrop http://www.worldmarket.com/product/te... but they almost seem plated, I hand wash and hand dry everything. There pitting in spots, other spots loosing finish, so there not holding up after just a couple months of light use. I also picked up the Slate Pattern, there holding up better, but still far from durable funny considering there 18/0. No clue what teardrop is def has some kind of nickel content though just by looking at the mirror finish.
I had American made Oneida from my childhood that parents gave me, and lost pieces over the years, those survived all kinds of abuse and never really looked any worse for the wear, not sure if I'm picky or if Silverware has just gotten this bad.
Any suggestions for some brands that might be off the beaten path but good? I'm no partial to any brand, I'd prefer Matte over Mirror finish. 18/0 vs 18/8 or 18/10 don't really matter since hand washing.