Have you ever wondered what differentiated 18/0, 18/8, and 18/10 stainless steel flatware? Flatware is just flatware and stainless steel is just stainless steel, right? Actually, the decor of your food service establishment, the price of your menu items, and most importantly your budget will determine the quality of the stainless steel flatware you purchase. You may never serve French cuisine at a chic bistro but it’s still important to know the grade of your stainless steel flatware. 18/10 STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE: The 18 stands for 18% chrome and the 10 stands for 10% nickel. 18/10 stainless steel flatware is the standard in Europe and represents the heaviest and usually most expensive flatware available. The higher nickel content adds a luster similar to silver and helps resist corrosion and staining. 18/8 STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE: Similar to 18/10 stainless steel flatware, 18/8 stainless steel flatware has slightly less nickel and is very popular in the United States. 18/8 stainless steel flatware feels great in your hand but doesn’t cost quite as much as 18/10 stainless steel flatware. 18/0 STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE: 18/0 stainless steel flatware doesn’t contain any nickel, making it the lightest and least expensive. You’ll be able to use a magnetic retrieval system with 18/0 stainless steel flatware because all 18% chrome patterns are magnetic, but your pocket book won’t hurt too bad if some of your flatware gets thrown away! Although 18/0 stainless steel flatware is the most economical choice, there are still heavier patterns available. For great deals on stainless steel flatware shop at Mission Restaurant Supply!