Zwilling JA Henckels Vintage 1876 Flatware Set

zwilling henckels flatwareAbove pictured is the Zwilling JA Henckels Vintage 1876 45-Piece Flatware Set which has service for 8 and a Hostess Serving Set. Boy, that’s a mouthful (pun intended). So what does this include? Made of 18/10 stainless steel it contains eight 5 Piece place settings with a dinner knife (9-1/8″), dinner fork (7-7/8″), dinner spoon (7-1/4″) and a salad fork (7″).

The “Zwilling” (German for “Twin”) logo from Henckel is one of the oldest logos and in the world. This cutlery set is a replica design of the vintage set from 1876. And yes, it’s made in China rather than Germany but all reports indicate the standards of quality are upheld.

Hefty, stainless, dishwasher safe and a wonderful look.

Zwilling JA Henckels Vintage 1876 45-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 8, Plus Hostess Serving Set


Dessert Pastry Forks from Portmeirion

dessert forksI made a bad pun in a recent post about desert spoons as people were deserting the use of them. Even more rare is the dessert fork, but I did come across this wonderful set.

The old school charm, packaging and presentation is what really caught my eye. The flowers are hand-painted on white ceramic handles and are 30 individual floral and butterfly designs. Complete with a stainless steel fork head and dishwasher safe (but I would hand wash) in gift box they present well. Mother’s Day is coming up and this would be a great gift.

 Portmeirion Botanic Garden Pastry Forks, Set of 6


Wonderland Cutlery

wonderland cutleryTina Tsang from England has hand crafted these pewter cutlery delights based on characters from Alice in Wonderland. Each piece has a magnifying glass inserted into the head of the character to allow you to see your food more carefully or read a menu or any fine print. This definitely would be big in Japan. Hand wash of course. Rather expensive at  £42.50 per piece of flatware. But it’s more than just cutlery, it’s art!

Available at the Hidden Art Shop


Jean Dubost Laguiole 5-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware

laguiole flatwareOK, first thing to point out is that this is a single setting for one person consisting of five pieces: 8-1/2′ Dinner Fork,  9′ Knife, 6-1/2′ Salad Fork, 8′ Soup Spoon, and a 6′ French Teaspoon. All are made of dishwasher safe 18/8 stainless steel.

The next thing to point out is that this is France’s genuine 19th century Laguiole with the ‘bee’ symbol and everything. More famously known for their wine and cheese knife their line of knives and cutlery hold their name and quality dearly much like “Champagne” does (and I would love to start a Champage blog if I had more hours in the day). The weighted hand hold feel of this set is delightful and takes a fine dining meal one step higher up the ladder. Beautiful work.

 Jean Dubost Laguiole 5-Piece Flatware Set -Stainless Steel