21 Aug Cutlery Creations: The Methods and the Materials
Gone are the days of the same silverware at every venue and event. These days, venues owners, event planners and individuals alike are spoilt for choice around the design of cutlery. Adding designer cutlery to your table not only enhances the dining experiences of your guests, it also helps to bring together cohesiveness in interior and event design and décor.
From weight, to shape, length and use, there is an endless array of options now available for every day and special occasion use. So what goes into the process of creating great cutlery?
The Manufacturing Process:
Each piece of cutlery begins with an initial mould, called a blank, which is a cut out a flat rectangle of the cutlery material such as stainless steel, alloy, sterling silver.
The blanks are then put through a series of rolling operations where they are rolled into a specific thickness and shaped determined by a manufacturers flatware patterns. Rolling is where cutlery gets it’s balance from, with the process determining thickness throughout the piece, such as a spoon having a thicker handle to avoid bending and giving a good feel in the hand. At this point the utensil is roughly the right dimensions and finished shape.
During the annealing process the blanks go through annealing ovens that heat the material, making it malleable for further machine operations. This process takes a lot of precision to ensure the heat stays at the correct temperature so that the piece is resistant to nicks and bends.
Once rolled and annealed, the blanks are then cut to shape using a cut out press that removes any excess metal. This process is similar to using a cutter in dough, with the excess metal being remelted and made into more cutlery.
Each design will have a pattern, whether it be an intricate embossing or a simple outline, with these patterns being transferred onto the utensil through the use of a steel dies. There are two dies used for each piece, one for the back and one for the front, with the cut utensil placed under a drop hammer in which the die is set. The pressure of the drop hammer hardens the material ready for use.
Once the cutting and shaping process is complete, cutlery is then either buffed and polished, or as with many Sola products, treated with a PVD coating. Environmentally friendly, PVD is a process in which a thin film is applied to a product to give it a decorative finish. Not only does PVD coating add unique design to Sola cutlery, it can also help in extending the cutlery’s longevity. So not only can you now take advantage of the incredibly diverse manufacturing process to access a huge range of cuts and patterns, with PVD and Sola products you can find beautifully decorated cutlery sets.