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Ginkgo International Ltd. Made for your life

Ginkgo: Our... History

Ginkgo International Ltd. was founded in 1977 by Wes and Janet Helmick. Their goal was to bring to the market original, quality flatware designs at the best possible price. Family-owned and operated since 1977, Ginkgo International designs quality products that are "made for your life." Now a second generation family business, Ginkgo continues to offer consumers the highest quality flatware and cutlery products at the best possible value.

Ginkgo Collection

There is a pattern in this collection for everyone. We offer a wide array of aesthetics to complement every table top and d?cor. All flatware patterns in this collection are made of Stainless 18/0. We offer a range of finishes as well; All Satin, Hammered, Mirror, and the extremely polished Full Mirror. No matter your taste, we have the flatware that you will want to use every day for the rest of your life. Stainless steel is extremely easy to care for. For 30 years, Ginkgo has been designing quality products to please even the most discerning customer.

Ginkgo Collection - Newest pattern: Corrie

The latest addition to the Ginkgo collection features a full rounded handle with recessed center and polished, rounded edges that afford great comfort and balance in the hand. Corrie has a high polish finish with fine attention to detail. This makes CORRIE the ideal design for everyday. All pieces are made from 18/0 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe.

Ginkgo Collection - Lafayette, our signature pattern

Designed by Wes Helmick in the 15th and 16th century colonial period, when silver tableware was made from silver coins, since our country did not have any silver mines at this time. The coins were melted down, shaped, and hammered to their final form. Lafayette is a beautiful rendition of the hand hammered flatware of the colonial period. If a rustic, hammered look is what you're going for, look no further than Lafayette pattern. With its hammered finish and clean design, the Lafayette pattern is ready for everyday use. From kids to your most distinguished guests, the Lafayette collection is sure to please. The handles taper from a slender neck to a rounded tab end which lifts up off the table. The spoon bowls are squared off for a contemporary look, the forks feature extra-long tines, and the knife is constructed of one solid piece. We offer this pattern in a variety of ways; Set of 20, Set of 42, 5-piece place setting, 4-piece hostess set, and finally open stock. Start with a set of 20 or 42 and then add pieces as needed. All pieces are made from 18/0 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe.

Ginkgo Collection - Naples and Norse, popular patterns

Almost every pattern in this collection was inspired by some exotic locale around the world. Escape at your own dinner table, in this case to Naples, Italy with our Naples Flatware. This pattern offers a great hand feel with it's heavy forged handles, engraved with 3 simple bands, are reminiscent of Italian columns. Use your Naples flatware for casual or formal entertaining alike. Our Naples flatware is available in the following sets; 42-piece, 20-piece, 5-piece, 4-piece hostess set and finally open stock. Start with a set of 20 or 42 and then add pieces as needed. Designed to enhance the look of your table and feel good in your hand. All pieces are made from 18/0 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. The Norse collection on the other hand was influenced by Scandinavian design. The pattern features sleek, straight handles. Norse flatware is ideal for both casual and formal dining. It is simple, versatile and will go with any decor. With a clean, straight-lined handle, gleaming mirror-polished finish and sophisticated Scandinavian design, Norse flatware by Ginkgo is a sharp look for your table. All pieces are made from 18/0 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe.

Please check out all of our patterns to find the one that best complements your personal style. Other patterns in our Ginkgo Collection are:
      • Bergen
      • Linden
        • Bonnie
        • President
        • Sanibel
        • Simple
        • Skandia
        • Svelte
        • Varberg
        Ginkgo Collection - Ginkgo Select

        Ginkgo Select is a sub-group within our Ginkgo collection. This selection differs in that all of these patterns are offered in 18/10 Stainless Steel.

        Ginkgo Select -Charlie, the newest pattern

        Our Charlie pattern is sleek and thin, with an arched handle giving every piece great weight and feel. This is a distinct minimalist aesthetic geared for the contemporary table, but elegant in every way and suited to casual and formal settings. Charlie is offered on a variety of ways; 42-piece, 20-piece, 5-piece, and open stock. Start with a set of 20 or 42 and then add pieces as needed. All pieces are made from 18/10 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. 20-piece, 5-piece, 4-piece hostess set, and finally open stock.

        Please check out all of our patterns to find the one that compliments your personal style. Other patterns in our Ginkgo Select Collection are:
        • Burton
        • Fontur
        • Platinum
        • Patriot
        • Seadrift
        • Starlight
        • Woodruff
        Caring for your Ginkgo Flatware:

        Most stainless steel spoons and forks available in the USA are marked with their steel chemistry; usually 18/0, 18/8, or 18/10. All of these compositions should give you years of use with limited maintenance. If you notice discoloring, or small oxidation marks on your stainless, it can usually be cleaned off with hot soapy water, and a sponge. If that doesn't do the trick, use a good quality stainless polish. Often, a rust spot on your flatware is not the flatware itself, but a dissimilar steel peeler or other item leaning against it in the dishwasher.

        There are many unique finishes available in our Ginkgo Collection. The most durable and stain resistant is our high gloss mirror finish. A smooth mirror finish leaves little for oxidizing agents to attack. Satin finish breaks the surface of the steel, so it is more prone to staining. However, satin finishes, like on our Norse pattern, can be revitalized simple by scrubbing (in the direction of the grain) with a delicate scrubbing sponge or very fine steel wool. This cleans off the surface, and adds more micro scratches.

        Stainless Steel. What do the numbers mean?

        In metallurgy, stainless steel is defined as a steel alloy with a minimum of 11.5% chromium content by mass. Stainless steel does not stain, corrode or rust as easily as ordinary steel (it "stains less"), but it is not stain-proof. As an example, mayonnaise left on a knife blade in the sink seems to stain the blade a darker color. There are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel to suit the environment to which the material will be subjected in its lifetime. Common uses of stainless steel are cutlery and watch straps. Stainless steel differs from carbon steel by amount of chromium present. Carbon steel rusts when exposed to air and moisture. This iron oxide film is active and accelerates corrosion by forming more iron oxide. Stainless steels have sufficient amount of chromium present so that a passive film of chromium oxide forms which prevents further corrosion. Stainless steel's resistance to corrosion and staining, low maintenance, and affordability make it an ideal base material for a host of commercial applications. There are over 150 grades of stainless steel, of which fifteen are most common. There are different types of stainless steels: when nickel is added, for instance, the austenite structure of iron is stabilized. This crystal structure makes such steels non-magnetic and less brittle at low temperatures. For greater hardness and strength, carbon is added. When subjected to adequate heat treatment, these steels are used as razor blades, cutlery, flatware, etc. A typical composition of 18% chromium and 8% nickel, commonly known as 18/8 stainless, is often used in flatware. 18/8 has approximately 18% chromium, and from 8-10 percent nickel. The nomenclature 18/8, and 18/10 are sometimes both used to represent the same type steel. 18/0 has 18 percent chromium, and no nickel. This common steel is often used in flatware sets as it combines the stain resistant elements of 18/8 at a lower cost. In recent years the price of nickel has increased by tenfold.

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        Ginkgo
        $72.90 $129.99
        at Hayneedle.com

        This Oakleaf 4 Piece Hostess Set - 18-10 Stainless Hammered Finish, manufacturered by Ginkgo, is listed with an MPN of 079914-6103...1-5. he Norse style by Ginkgo has a Scandinavian influence to it. The pattern features sleek straight handles. Norse flatware is great for both casual and formal dining. It is simple versatile and will go with any decor! Stainless steel is extremely easy to care for! For 30 years Ginkgo has been designing quality products to please the customer. Features: 18/0 stainless steel. Dishwasher safe. Satin finish. read more

        Ginkgo
        $180.00
        at Kohl's

        Set a charming table with this Ginkgo Celtic flatware set. Each handle features a detailed reproduction of an original handmade st...erling design, giving this set a unique, handcrafted feel. For more entertaining options, shop our entire selection of Ginkgo flatware online at Kohls.com. read more

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        Ginkgo 079914150057 Simplicity defines the Alsace pattern by Ginkgo. It is versatile and would go well for both casual and formal ...dining occasions. With 18/10 stainless steel protecting the flatware against corrosion, Alsace is well made and durable. This flatware is sure to last and will make an excellent addition to your table. Features: -Alsace collection.-Set includes dinner fork, salad fork, teaspoon, dinner spoon and dinner knife.-Versatile design.-18/10 Stainless steel.-Dishwasher safe.-Collection: Alsace.-Finish: Silver.-Handle Finish: Silver.-Distressed: No.-Material: Stainless steel -Material Details: ..-Handle Material: Stainless steel -Handle Material Details: ..-Pieces Per Place Setting: 5.-Number of People Served: 1.-Rust Resistant: Yes.-Tarnish Resistant: Yes.-Corrosion Resistant: Yes.-Chip Resistant: Yes.-Microwave Safe: No.-Ergonomic Handles: No.-Serrated Knives: No.-Composition: 18/10 Stainless steel.-Style: Formal.-Handle Pattern: Solid.-Construction Method: Fully forged.-Storage Included: No.-Gift Box: Yes.-Full Tang: Yes.-Dishwasher Safe: Yes.-Commercial Use: Yes.-Recycled Content: No -Total Recycled Content (Percentage): .-Post-Consumer Content (Percentage): .-Remanufactured/Refurbished: ..-Eco-Friendly: No.Dimensions: -Dinner Fork Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 7.75.-Dinner Fork Width - Side to Side: 1.-Dinner Fork Depth - Front to Back: 1.-Dinner Fork Weight: 0.188.-Soup Spoon Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 7.125.-Soup Spoon Width - Side to Side:. read more

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        This Oakleaf 4 Piece Hostess Set - 18-10 Stainless Hammered Finish, manufacturered by Ginkgo, is listed with an MPN of 079914-6103...1-5. he Norse style by Ginkgo has a Scandinavian influence to it. The pattern features sleek straight handles. Norse flatware is great for both casual and formal dining. It is simple versatile and will go with any decor! Stainless steel is extremely easy to care for! For 30 years Ginkgo has been designing quality products to please the customer. Features: 18/0 stainless steel. Dishwasher safe. Satin finish. read more

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        Gleaming with passion the Firenze style flatware by Ginkgo will pack a punch to your tabletop. Firenze features a mirror finish an...d its handle is in the shape of a bell. Your guests will be dazzled by this flatware! With 18/0 stainless steel protecting the flatware against corrosion Firenze is well made and durable. This flatware is sure to last and will make an excellent addition to your table. Features: Mirror finish. Versatile design. 18/0 Stainless steel. Dishwasher safe. read more

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        Ginkgo 079914370318 Simple enough for every day use and elegant enough for formal dining, the Patriot style by Ginkgo is extremely... versatile and will suit all of your needs. With 18/10 stainless steel protecting the flatware against corrosion, Patriot is well made and durable. This versatile flatware is sure to last and will make an excellent addition to your table.Set Includes:Serving spoonPierced serving spoonCold meat forkSauce ladle Features: -Versatile design.-18/10 Stainless steel.-Dishwasher safe.-Product Type: Ladle; Meat Fork; Pierced Table Spoon; Serving Spoon.-Material: Stainless Steel Flatware.-Handle Pattern: Undecorated.-Handle Material: Stainless Steel.-Collection: Patriot. read more

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        Ginkgo 079914440318 Ornate and intricately designed, the LaMer style flatware by Ginkgo will dazzle your guests at your next styli...sh soiree. With 18/10 stainless steel protecting the flatware against corrosion, LaMer is well made and durable. This flatware is sure to last and will make an excellent addition to your table.Set Includes:Serving spoonPierced serving spoonCold meat forkSauce ladle Features: -Versatile design.-18/10 Stainless steel.-Dishwasher safe.-All bright finish.-Product Type: Ladle; Meat Fork; Pierced Table Spoon; Serving Spoon.-Material: Stainless Steel Flatware.-Handle Pattern: Ornate.-Handle Material: Stainless Steel.-Collection: LaMer. read more

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        Ginkgo 079914630313 Some people are constantly searching for something different and unique to have in their homes. The Crusader s...tyle flatware for Ginkgo is perfect for them! With 18/10 stainless steel protecting the flatware against corrosion, Crusader is well made and durable. This flatware is sure to last and will make an excellent addition to your table.Set Includes:Serving spoonPierced serving spoonCold meat forkSauce Ladle Features: -Versatile design.-18/10 Stainless steel.-Dishwasher safe.-Mirror finish.-Product Type: Ladle; Meat Fork; Pierced Table Spoon; Serving Spoon.-Material: Stainless Steel Flatware.-Handle Pattern: Ornate.-Handle Material: Stainless Steel.-Collection: Crusader. read more

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        The Mariko pattern by Ginkgo is the ideal blend of both classic style and simplicity. It is wonderful for both casual and formal d...ining occasions. With 18/0 stainless steel protecting the flatware against corrosion Mariko is well made and durable. This flatware is sure to last and will make an excellent addition to your table. Features: Mirror finish. Versatile design. 18/0 Stainless steel. Dishwasher safe. read more

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        Ginkgo 079914332316 The extremely sleek Cassia style flatware by Ginkgo is great for every day dining. Cassia goes great with any ...decor! This flatware has a platinum finish, which will give it a lustrous glow. Stainless steel is extremely easy to care for! For 30 years, Ginkgo has been designing quality products to please the customer. Set Includes:Serving spoonPierced serving spoonCold meat forkSauce ladle Features: -Versatile pattern.-18/10 stainless steel.-Dishwasher safe.-Platinum finish.-Product Type: Ladle; Meat Fork; Pierced Table Spoon; Serving Spoon.-Material: Stainless Steel Flatware.-Handle Pattern: Square; Undecorated.-Handle Material: Stainless Steel.-Collection: Cassia. read more

        Wallace
        $121.42
        at Amazon

        For over 150 years, Wallace Silversmiths has been renowned for its exquisite sterling silver and fine stainless steel flatware. Wa...llace artisans employ a centuries-old method of craftsmanship to ensure the flawless composition of every piece bearing their hallmark. Available in a wide selection of designs, Wallace flatware is created for the discerning customer who appreciates beauty and tradition. From the understated to the ornate, Wallace flatware's timeless styles reflect artistry from years past that continues to complement today's tables. read more

        International Silver
        $28.68
        at Amazon

        International Silver's Dawson Frost Flatware brings a pattern with a unique look to it. Featuring a frost and polished stainless s...teel design on the handle, this set is the perfect compliment on any table setting. Crafted of superior quality 18/0 stainless steel, this set will stand up to the rigors of everyday use. Dishwasher safe. 20 piece set, service for four, includes (4) each: dinner fork, salad fork, dinner knife, dinner spoon and teaspoon. read more

        International Silver
        $47.83
        at Amazon

        This International Silver 51-Piece Kensington Flatware Set is constructed of superior quality 18/0 stainless steel and will stand ...up to the rigors of everyday use. Sophisticated and regal, this stunning set features a horizontal bead pattern at the neck and base of each handle. 53-piece set, service for 8, includes 5 each of: dinner fork, salad fork, dinner spoon, teaspoon, dinner knife and black handle steak knives, plus 1 each of: serving tablespoon, pierced serving tablespoon, cold meat fork, sugar spoon and butter knife. Dishwasher safe. read more

        Gorham
        $149.95
        at Amazon

        The delicately shaped handles of the Kathy Ireland Home Glory 45-Piece Flatware Set by Gorham resemble a perfect tulip bud. Ideal ...for casual and formal table settings. Masterfully crafted of tarnish resistant 18/10 stainless steel, the set includes eight 5-piece place settings and a five-piece serving set, which includes butter knife, sugar spoon, tablespoon, pierced tablespoon and cold meat fork. read more

        Cambridge
        $31.55
        at Amazon

        This 30-piece, service for 6 set is a great value. Contemporary design adds elgance to any table setting. Durable stainless steel ...never needs polishing.Wash before using. Dishwasher safe. Wash in dishwasher or by hand in hot soapy water using mild detergent. Do not use any detergent with lemon added as this may cause corrosion. For best results, do not leave flatware soaking in water for long periodsCambridge Flatware carries a limited 25-year warranty from the date of purchase against defects in materials or workmanship. Any defective piece may be returned, postage-paid, for repair or replacement (at the company's discretion) to Cambridge Silversmi read more

        Oneida
        $75.00
        at Amazon

        Classic inspiration takes the stage with Interlude -- the detailed architectural border around the handle complements the bright-b...anded collar at the neck of the handle. Great for family dining or entertaining, combining durability with a lustrous finish. Oneida, the leading name in flatware, has been setting tables for generations. Oneida's highest quality stainless flatware, the 3-piece hostess set includes: large serving spoon, gravy ladle and sugar spoon. read more

        Gorham
        $293.00
        at Amazon

        Whether you're having a candlelight dinner for two or a holiday feast for the entire family, transform a meal into an event. Gorha...m's commitment to superior quality and workmanship is evident in every piece of its sterling silver flatware. Many of Gorham's sterling silver designs are in high demand in today's collectibles market. Gorham brings you sensational sterling flatware designs that complement a wide variety of table settings. Fairfax is that rare design that never goes out of style, yet complements every decorating taste, from traditional to contemporary. read more

        Sasaki
        $38.99
        at Amazon

        This Metropolis 20-Piece Flatware Set, by Sasaki, features a unique hammered style and texture design that will add contemporary e...legance to your table. Constructed of superior quality 18/0 stainless steel, with a brightly polished, mirror finish. 20-piece set, service for 4, includes (4) each: dinner fork, salad fork, dinner knife, dinner spoon and teaspoon. read more

        Ginkgo
        $121.00
        at Amazon

        <div class="aplus"> <!-- A+DIY for ASIN: B00176SY5O --> <!-- Created by: Julia Bolton --> <!-- Email: julia@beonlinesales.com --> ...<!-- Coded with Kuramoto@ A+DIY Tool --> <h4>Ginkgo International Ltd. Made for your life</h4> <h5>Ginkgo: Our History</h5> <div class="rightImage"><img alt="" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/aplusdiy/B000ND1S82/LAFAYETTE300sml.jpg" /><div class="imageCaption"></div></div><p>Ginkgo International Ltd. was founded in 1977 by Wes and Janet Helmick. Their goal was to bring to the market original, quality flatware designs at the best possible price. Family-owned and operated since 1977, Ginkgo International designs quality products that are "made for your life." Now a second generation family business, Ginkgo continues to offer consumers the highest quality flatware and cutlery products at the best possible value.</p> <h5>Ginkgo Collection </h5> <p>There is a pattern in this collection for everyone. We offer a wide array of aesthetics to complement every table top and d?cor. All flatware patterns in this collection are made of Stainless 18/0. We offer a range of finishes as well; All Satin, Hammered, Mirror, and the extremely polished Full Mirror. No matter your taste, we have the flatware that you will want to use every day for the rest of your life. Stainless steel is extremely easy to care for. For 30 years, Ginkgo has been designing quality products to please even the most discerning customer.</p> <h5>Ginkgo Collection - Newest pattern: Corrie </h5> <div class="leftImage"><img alt="" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/aplusdiy/B000ND1S82/gingko_corrie-45pc.jpg" /><div class="imageCaption"></div></div><p>The latest addition to the Ginkgo collection features a full rounded handle with recessed center and polished, rounded edges that afford great comfort and balance in the hand. Corrie has a high polish finish with fine attention to detail. This makes CORRIE the ideal design for everyday. All pieces are made from 18/0 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. </p> <h5>Ginkgo Collection - Lafayette, our signature pattern </h5> <div class="rightImage"><img alt="" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/aplusdiy/B000ND1S82/Lafayette-Host.jpg" /><div class="imageCaption"></div></div><p>Designed by Wes Helmick in the 15th and 16th century colonial period, when silver tableware was made from silver coins, since our country did not have any silver mines at this time. The coins were melted down, shaped, and hammered to their final form. Lafayette is a beautiful rendition of the hand hammered flatware of the colonial period. If a rustic, hammered look is what you're going for, look no further than Lafayette pattern. With its hammered finish and clean design, the Lafayette pattern is ready for everyday use. From kids to your most distinguished guests, the Lafayette collection is sure to please. The handles taper from a slender neck to a rounded tab end which lifts up off the table. The spoon bowls are squared off for a contemporary look, the forks feature extra-long tines, and the knife is constructed of one solid piece. We offer this pattern in a variety of ways; Set of 20, Set of 42, 5-piece place setting, 4-piece hostess set, and finally open stock. Start with a set of 20 or 42 and then add pieces as needed. All pieces are made from 18/0 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. </p> <h5>Ginkgo Collection - Naples and Norse, popular patterns </h5> <div class="rightImage"><img alt="" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/aplusdiy/B000ND1S82/gingko_norse-mirror.jpg" /><div class="imageCaption"></div></div><p>Almost every pattern in this collection was inspired by some exotic locale around the world. Escape at your own dinner table, in this case to Naples, Italy with our Naples Flatware. This pattern offers a great hand feel with it's heavy forged handles, engraved with 3 simple bands, are reminiscent of Italian columns. Use your Naples flatware for casual or formal entertaining alike. Our Naples flatware is available in the following sets; 42-piece, 20-piece, 5-piece, 4-piece hostess set and finally open stock. Start with a set of 20 or 42 and then add pieces as needed. Designed to enhance the look of your table and feel good in your hand. All pieces are made from 18/0 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. The Norse collection on the other hand was influenced by Scandinavian design. The pattern features sleek, straight handles. Norse flatware is ideal for both casual and formal dining. It is simple, versatile and will go with any decor. With a clean, straight-lined handle, gleaming mirror-polished finish and sophisticated Scandinavian design, Norse flatware by Ginkgo is a sharp look for your table. All pieces are made from 18/0 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. </p> <h5>Please check out all of our patterns to find the one that best complements your personal style. Other patterns in our Ginkgo Collection are: </h5> <ul></ul> <ul></ul> <ul><li>Bergen</li></ul> <ul><li>Linden</li></ul> <ul></ul> <ul><li>Bonnie</li></ul> <ul><li>President</li></ul> <ul><li>Sanibel</li></ul> <ul><li>Simple</li></ul> <ul><li>Skandia</li></ul> <ul><li>Svelte</li></ul> <ul><li>Varberg</li></ul> <h5>Ginkgo Collection - Ginkgo Select</h5> <p>Ginkgo Select is a sub-group within our Ginkgo collection. This selection differs in that all of these patterns are offered in 18/10 Stainless Steel. </p> <h5>Ginkgo Select -Charlie, the newest pattern</h5> <p>Our Charlie pattern is sleek and thin, with an arched handle giving every piece great weight and feel. This is a distinct minimalist aesthetic geared for the contemporary table, but elegant in every way and suited to casual and formal settings. Charlie is offered on a variety of ways; 42-piece, 20-piece, 5-piece, and open stock. Start with a set of 20 or 42 and then add pieces as needed. All pieces are made from 18/10 stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. 20-piece, 5-piece, 4-piece hostess set, and finally open stock. </p> <h5>Please check out all of our patterns to find the one that compliments your personal style. Other patterns in our Ginkgo Select Collection are:</h5> <ul><li>Burton</li></ul> <ul><li>Fontur</li></ul> <ul><li>Platinum</li></ul> <ul><li>Patriot</li></ul> <ul><li>Seadrift</li></ul> <ul><li>Starlight</li></ul> <ul><li>Woodruff</li></ul> <h5>Caring for your Ginkgo Flatware:</h5> <p>Most stainless steel spoons and forks available in the USA are marked with their steel chemistry; usually 18/0, 18/8, or 18/10. All of these compositions should give you years of use with limited maintenance. If you notice discoloring, or small oxidation marks on your stainless, it can usually be cleaned off with hot soapy water, and a sponge. If that doesn't do the trick, use a good quality stainless polish. Often, a rust spot on your flatware is not the flatware itself, but a dissimilar steel peeler or other item leaning against it in the dishwasher. </p> <p>There are many unique finishes available in our Ginkgo Collection. The most durable and stain resistant is our high gloss mirror finish. A smooth mirror finish leaves little for oxidizing agents to attack. Satin finish breaks the surface of the steel, so it is more prone to staining. However, satin finishes, like on our Norse pattern, can be revitalized simple by scrubbing (in the direction of the grain) with a delicate scrubbing sponge or very fine steel wool. This cleans off the surface, and adds more micro scratches. </p> <h5>Stainless Steel. What do the numbers mean?</h5> <div class="rightImage"><img alt="" src="http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/kitchen/aplusdiy/B000ND1S82/ginkgo-logo.jpg" /><div class="imageCaption"></div></div><p>In metallurgy, stainless steel is defined as a steel alloy with a minimum of 11.5% chromium content by mass. Stainless steel does not stain, corrode or rust as easily as ordinary steel (it "stains less"), but it is not stain-proof. As an example, mayonnaise left on a knife blade in the sink seems to stain the blade a darker color. There are different grades and surface finishes of stainless steel to suit the environment to which the material will be subjected in its lifetime. Common uses of stainless steel are cutlery and watch straps. Stainless steel differs from carbon steel by amount of chromium present. Carbon steel rusts when exposed to air and moisture. This iron oxide film is active and accelerates corrosion by forming more iron oxide. Stainless steels have sufficient amount of chromium present so that a passive film of chromium oxide forms which prevents further corrosion. Stainless steel's resistance to corrosion and staining, low maintenance, and affordability make it an ideal base material for a host of commercial applications. There are over 150 grades of stainless steel, of which fifteen are most common. There are different types of stainless steels: when nickel is added, for instance, the austenite structure of iron is stabilized. This crystal structure makes such steels non-magnetic and less brittle at low temperatures. For greater hardness and strength, carbon is added. When subjected to adequate heat treatment, these steels are used as razor blades, cutlery, flatware, etc. A typical composition of 18% chromium and 8% nickel, commonly known as 18/8 stainless, is often used in flatware. 18/8 has approximately 18% chromium, and from 8-10 percent nickel. The nomenclature 18/8, and 18/10 are sometimes both used to represent the same type steel. 18/0 has 18 percent chromium, and no nickel. This common steel is often used in flatware sets as it combines the stain resistant elements of 18/8 at a lower cost. In recent years the price of nickel has increased by tenfold. </p> </div> read more

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