The first and foremost questions to ask while buying cutlery sets is what are you going to use the cutleries for, in other words what do you want in a cutlery set? There are a variety of different configurations of cutlery sets on the market, but typically they come in sets of four or sets of eight but some do come in sets of twelve. Most cutlery sets will include a five-piece plate setting that consists of a salad fork, a dinner Bestecktaschen fork, a tablespoon, a teaspoon, and a table knife. Accessory pieces may include a sugar spoon, butter knife and serving spoons as well. This is the most commonly used cutlery set seen in your dinner table.

Some cutlery sets simply consists of kitchen knives where you have five kitchen knives, a sharpening or butcher steel and a wooden storage block that would be the basic stand. You can get sets that will include a pair of kitchen shears as well. Some cutlery shops may allow you to add other knives individually. But you also of course can from beginning on buy the knife individually to your liking and you go buy an individual block and do your own individual kitchen knives collection. Some individual knives which can be added to these sets are; carving knife with a popularly known example of carving turkey is used for carving and slicing meat, a boning knife has a cleft edge or blade. This is mainly for de-boning meat or to cut out the meat from the bones.

On the high end of these sets, some may include several highly used knives like the chef's knife, paring knife, bread knife, utility knife (for cutting vegetables, fruits and other daily stuff) and possibly a slicing knife or pair of shears. In shears itself, there are many varieties. Out of them, two are most common. One that is a meat cleaver and other one is a Chinese cleaver. The meat cleaver is used to basically split any kind of bones. The Chinese cleaver is a vegetable cleaver. It is much finer than the meat cleaver. It is not used to split bones, but it's basically one of the oriental chef knives. Further in these sets, they may also include some steak knives as well if the set is a primary kitchen set. Many of these sets will come with a wooden storage block or tray. Some specialty or high quality knives may even come in a roll or bag to store them in. But most of these are for culinary experts and chefs who take their own knives with them which mean it is rarely used by home owners unless you are great chef and always invite your friends around to taste your food.

As you can tell there are many different items that may come in a cutlery set. It is important to know what you want to do with your set to know how make a practical choice.

Usage frequency, quality and price

Second thing or as we can see, group of things you always have to think when buying a cutlery sets is how often you plan to use them. Restaurants serve lots of people several times each day whereas families may not need to reuse the items as often each day so each may have a different set of cutleries usage frequency. If you are going to use your cutlery for daily use then it's always better to buy an easily maintained, tear and wear resistance cutlery sets. Stainless steel cutlery sets and other steel varieties cutlery sets are best option in this case, they look good for daily use. You can also buy individual pieces to suit your daily needs instead of going for a full cutlery sets. However sometimes, it gets costly when you try to buy individual items rather than complete set, check it. Regarding price, it is normally recommended to not invest too high unless you have deep pockets when buying cutlery sets for normal, daily use. It is not always the best investment to buy higher priced items for daily use since even if you buy a life long high priced cutlery sets for daily use, it's rarely going to be there and used by you daily. After few years, you will tend to buy a new piece of cutlery sets to fit you changing life style or food habits or simply bored of seeing the same items.

If you are buying cutlery sets for once in a while or for special occasions in a year, then going for silver plated or may be pure silver cutlery sets and cutlery with fine wood handles available in a variety of sets and for a wide range of prices is the best option. Sterling silver sets are more expensive but are typically long lasting high quality plus they add to that special occasion. It is always good to invest in these cutlery sets since they are for once in a while use. Also buying for a special occasion or once in a while usage, see to it that you get a good quality storage box or cabinet to store them when they are not needed.

Designer or lifestyle options

Now comes the most interesting part to consider while choosing right cutlery sets and that is lifestyle or designer option. If you would have asked me about these parts around 25 years ago then may be I would have answered it negatively but not today. Luxury cutleries made from famous manufacturer brings that unique lifestyle living experience in your home and kitchens which you can exhibit to you close friends and a envy to your neighbours. Cutlery manufacturers like Arthur price, Llewyn Bowen, Richardson Sheffield (all from the famous Sheffield Cutlery center in UK), Italian and Swiss Cutlery manufactures and now the quality concerned Japanese knives sets. Out of this, I would personally go for the English cutlery sets just because of its sheer history in making quality designer cutleries.

As you can see, choosing a right cutlery sets is a daunting task but if you put little bit of time and peace of mind, you can get the best cutlery sets to make your dinner table a place to show. So when are you inviting me!