High-end artisan appearance
Stainless steel construction
Beveled fork edge makes one-hand cutting easy
Attractive gift box doubles as storage
Only serves four
Too heavy for small children
Since the beginning of time, human beings have used various tools to eat. While our ancestors crafted crude versions of the fork, knife, and spoon, we’ve thankfully upgraded from sticks and rocks to hand-forged cutlery. Investing in silverware not only gives you the opportunity to create a pleasant tablescape, but quality place settings can also be passed down for years to come. We wanted to see if the Knork 210 Original Collection Cutlery had heirloom potential, so we tested it out in our own home. Read on for our findings.
Design: Ergonomic and contemporary
The Knork 210 cutlery set is hand-forged and made from an 18/10 stainless steel composition. Basically, that just means that the steel contains nickel in addition to chromium. The added nickel prevents corrosion and ensures the metal is as vibrant as possible. The 20-piece set includes four place settings which each come with a dinner fork, salad fork, knife, place spoon, and teaspoon.
Thanks to beveled edges, we were able to effortlessly cut everything on our plate with just one hand.
Each utensil is ergonomically designed with noticeably balanced weight. While the cutlery is certainly heftier than competitors, we see this as a positive—especially for users who may need adaptive tools due to hand tremors, weakness, or arthritis. The wide, flat platform on each spoon, fork, and knife also provides a sturdy place for fingers to rest and is hand-forged to fit the contours of your hand. Plus, thanks to beveled edges, we were able to effortlessly cut everything on our plate with just one hand.
The Knork set is available in three different finishes: a shiny, mirrored gloss, a satin-brushed matte, and a two-tone varnish that features a frosted handle. No matter which finish you go for, the contoured set is very modern and can easily transition from formal dinner parties to casual family meals. If you choose to break the utensils out only for special occasions, the included gift box is a perfect place to store the set in between uses. Another bonus is that Knork’s branding seamlessly blends into the flatware’s design. Unlike options from competitors, you won’t find any bold brand etchings on your knife handles.
Each utensil is ergonomically designed with noticeably balanced weight.
Upkeep: Easy as can be
Knork’s cutlery is both dishwasher safe and scratch resistant. We found that it washed beautifully—both by hand and after a spin through the dishwasher. After drying them with high heat in the dishwasher, we did find that a few of the utensils were slightly smudged, but it was nothing we couldn’t polish away with a dry dishcloth.
After drying them with high heat in the dishwasher, we did find that a few of the utensils were slightly smudged, but it was nothing we couldn’t polish away with a dry dishcloth.
Other reviewers on various sites have complained of rusting over time, but we didn’t see any deterioration after using and washing the set more than ten times. As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to wash your cutlery immediately after use and make sure you adequately dry them before storing as the minerals in water can leave behind stains.
Though the cutlery is dishwasher safe, the care instructions specifically say not to use citrus detergents as the combination of metal and lemon can cause corrosion.
Price: Up there but worth it
Knork’s 20-piece cutlery set can run you anywhere from $100 to $140, depending on if you opt for the 18/0 set (18-percent chromium, 0-percent nickel) or 18/10 set (18-percent chromium, 10-percent nickel). While this may seem pricey given that the collection includes just four place settings, the versatility of the design and quality of the construction offsets the price point.
Competition: More bang for your buck
Lenox Portola 65-Piece Flatware Set: Similar to the Knork collection, Lenox’s set is made from 18/10 stainless steel and pairs well with both casual and formal tableware. The Lenox set is much more robust, however, equipping users with 65 pieces. That means twelve 5-piece place settings and a hostess set which includes a closed serving spoon, serving fork, pierced serving spoon, butter knife, and sugar spoon. At $125, the set is very well priced, but some reviewers complain of rust after just a month of use, so it may be worth spending more on two or three long-lasting settings from Knork.
Oneida Mooncrest 45-Piece Flatware Set: Casual and sleek, the Oneida set has service for eight and includes salad forks, dinner forks, dinner knives, dinner spoons, and teaspoons, in addition to the serving set which features a pierced serving spoon, a sugar spoon, closed serving spoon, butter knife, and serving fork. Unlike Knork’s utensils, which are made from 18/10 stainless steel grade, the Mooncrest set is made from 18/0 (meaning it contains no nickel) and it truly shows in the flatware’s price point. At just under $45, the set is extremely affordable, of course, you’ll be sacrificing durability in the long run.
If you can swing it, buy it.
If you’re looking for next-level craftsmanship and high-end quality that will be a conversation starter among dinner quests, Knork’s 210 Original Collection Cutlery is an excellent purchase. Yes, it’s more expensive than competitors (many which offer two to three times the number of place settings), but its ergonomic, balanced design is a real game changer.
- Product Name 210 Original Collection Cutlery
- Product Brand Knork
- MPN 210
- Price $98.99
- Finish Options Gloss, Matte, Two-toned
- Material 18/10 Stainless Steel
- Warranty Limited lifetime
- What’s Included Four 5-piece place settings which include a dinner fork, salad fork, place knife, place spoon, and teaspoon