What is the Difference Between 18.10 and 18.0 Stainless Steel?

When looking to buy cutlery, particularly stainless steel cutlery, you will likely have noticed numbered gradings such as 18.10 and 18.0 within the product descriptions. These numbers and fractions relate to the percentages of materials used within a given cutlery piece. The specific materials used here include chromium and nickel alloys which are added to stainless steel to improve its overall quality.

Simply put, the higher the grade, the higher the rust resistance, durability and lasting shine.

For example, chromium is represented by the number 18, meaning this cutlery range contains 18% of the material. Similarly, the number 10 or 0 represents the percentage of nickel found in a cutlery piece.

When bonded with stainless steel, chromium helps protect cutlery from many corrosive substances found in food. At the same time, nickel provides extra resistance from rust and corrosion while offering a high finishing sheen. Understanding cutlery care and use will also help you to maintain your cutlery pieces for years to come.

18.10 Cutlery

Viners 18.10 is the finest quality stainless steel cutlery containing lustrous properties that are hard wearing, rust-resistant and dishwasher safe. Our range of 18.10 cutlery contains 18% chromium and 10% nickel and uses a heavy grade of steel that is then shaped and polished to a high standard. Crafted by artisans who have perfected the skill of a fine and detailed finish over many years, 18.10 stainless steel cutlery is perfect for fine dining and entertaining. Why not learn how to set a table to show off your exquisite cutlery pieces.

Viners 18.10 cutlery patterns all come accompanied by a 50-year guarantee.

18.0 Cutlery

Perfect for casual dining, Viners 18.0 stainless steel cutlery is made using quality materials and features a wide range of contemporary designs suitable for everyday use. 18.0 stainless steel cutlery is bonded with 18% chromium and polished to a mirror finish. This long-lasting and durable range of cutlery is dishwasher safe and versatile enough for formal and regular dining settings.

All 18.0 designs are accompanied by a 25-year guarantee.

Why is stainless steel used for cutlery?

Stainless steel has several benefits that make it the perfect material for producing cutlery.

18.10 and 18.0 are different grades of stainless steel that contain a percentage of chromium or nickel. Both grades are high quality, but you can choose which level suits your budget.

The addition of both metals in 18.10 prevents the cutlery from rusting or staining, feels heavy in the hand and boasts a lustrous shine.
Stainless steel is the most durable and long-lasting cutlery material, perfect for everyday use. Stainless steel is strong even at high temperatures, resistant to water and washing in dishwashers. Another benefit is it’s easy to care for and keeps a lasting shine.

Which is right for you?

Viners has a vast collection of different cutlery sets made to meet the needs of every occasion. Whether it's everyday mealtime or fine dining events, choosing the right cutlery set is essential to personalise your kitchen and dining room. Need to know how many pieces of cutlery are required for more than four guests? Read our cutlery set contents guide first.

Everyday Dining Cutlery

If you are looking for cutlery to use every day or regularly, you can choose from our 18.0 collections such as Angel, Glamour, Tabac, Twist, and Bead. You can purchase Angel, Glamour and Tabac as a 16-piece cutlery set for four place settings. Loose pieces are also available to buy, such as table knives, table forks, dessert forks, dessert knives, soup spoons and serving spoons. Each range has been uniquely designed, focusing on the comfort and feel of the cutlery when in use, without compromising on the style and elegance. These pieces come with a 25-year guarantee.

The Everyday collection is perfect for first-time homeowners or students kitting out their first kitchen. You can choose from Purity, Breeze and Glisten, all available in 16-piece sets perfect for four place settings. If you want to add that extra glamour to your dining table, take a look at Purity with a gold titanium coating. These pieces come with a 15-year guarantee.

Resilient Fine Dining Cutlery

For cutlery that will withstand the test of time, look no further than our 18.10 collection. Viners offers a wide range of contemporary and traditional patterns such as Studio, Eden, Grace and Mayfair. These are available as 16-piece sets perfect for four place settings. Loose pieces are also available for Eden, such as table knives, table forks, dessert forks, dessert knives, soup spoons and serving spoons. Our most popular design is also available in a 24-piece set for six place settings and a luxurious 44-piece wooden canteen set. These pieces come with a 50-year guarantee.

The Select accessory collection includes all the items required to meet your dining and entertaining needs. The classic teardrop handle design allows you to coordinate these accessories with your existing cutlery range. For example, you can purchase a set of 6 pastry forks perfect for enjoying pastries, cakes and small desserts. In addition, sets of 6 steak knives that feature extra sharp serrated blades to ensure thick cuts of meat can be sliced with ease are available.