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There are three types of stainless alloy used in flatware manufacturing -- steel, chromium and nickel. Consider appearance, durability and price when deciding which will work best for your restaurant.
Flatware labeled 18 percent chrome stainless contains 38 percent more chrome than flatware labeled 13 percent chrome stainless. Flatware made of 18 percent chrome stainless will stand up to heavy commercial use better than 13 percent chrome stainless and is priced only slightly higher.