Silver was the material for nobles cutlery information about the cutlery until a few years ago. Although there were also simple cutlery, since this has been processed with carbon steel however, there were many foods taste changes. Because silver was however rather expensive (and still is), it was used primarily by industrialists and Royal families. Silver is indeed resistant to acid, but it can be dark by sulfur-containing foods such as fish or Eidunkel. Therefore, fish cutlery went gold earlier often in addition. Both eggs also caviar spoon are often not made of silver, but of horn or mother-of-Pearl. Usually, the knife blades are today the unflavored steel. Traditionally produced cutlery (particularly knives) in Germany in Solingen, Germany.
Globalization now but also numerous low-quality cutlery from the Asian region will be imported. In Austria, the city of Styria for the production of high-quality blades is known. The machine (industrial) production was introduced by cutlery by the way, in Sheffield (United Kingdom). However, silver cutlery for quality reasons was produced until the 19th century hand-crafted. By the way, even today some companies in Solingen set handmade. The prices for the blades are significantly more expensive than normal knife.
The lifetime of this knife is also a lot higher. Thanks to the plating cutlery can be silver plated, but also significantly faster and cheaper. This procedure was introduced in the 19th century. Today there is hardly any “real” Silver cutlery, but if anything, then silver plated stainless steel cutlery. So that the buyer could be convinced of the value of the cutlery, has been used since 1850, how many grams of silver in 12 table forks and spoons of table was. The stamping of 90 is most commonly though, however, there are also 40,60,100 and 120. Although there are also 800 silver, also the true silver was silvered, because by electroplating the silverware shone more beautiful. Due to the soaring prices began in the 19th century but where to search for substitutes for silver. The so-called German silver, available since 1824, contained no silver and was only a copper-zinc-nickel alloy. After the second world war, cutlery was frequently made of aluminium. Due to lack of durability is increased but on steel and stainless steel.