About Sambonet Flatware

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While the Italian brand Sambonet may not be an American household name, it is one of the classic international marks in hotel and restaurant fine dining. You will find Sambonet flatware, holloware, and cookware. Its products are defined by top-quality materials, unsurpassed beauty, innovation, and attention to detail. Prestigious hotel chain customers of Sambonet include today Four Seasons, One & One, Mandarin Oriental, Penisula, Shangri La, Hyatt, Hilton, Intercontinental, Starwood, and Le Meridien.

Brief Company History

The company began in the year 1856 in northern Italy when Giuseppe Sambonet received his letters patent as master goldsmith. During the pursuing years, Sambonet became the Official Purveyor to many noble families, including the Duchess of Genoa and the Count of Turin. In the year 1932, Sambonet became the first factory in Italy to manufacture tableware in both sterling silver and silverplate. In 1938, the company developed an innovative process for the manufacture of stainless steel flatware and soon thereafter developed a process to silverplate stainless steel. Sambonet entered the international marketplace in the year 1956 when it was selected from 53 competitors to equip the Cairo Hilton Hotel with a holloware line that is still in the Sambonet collection today. In the1960's, Sambonet began collaborating with foremost creative designers to create new collections of flatware, of which three designs are on display in the MoMA of New York. In 1994, the Sambonet "Hannah" flatware collection, designed by Anna Castelli Ferrieri, received the prestigious Compasso d'Oro award. Sambonet continues today as an Italian manufacturer with worldwide delivery. Since 1988, Sambonet USA was founded to build up the American domestic market. Today, home consumers also may purchase the identical lovely Sambonet flatware as hotels and restaurants from choice specialty retail stores and catalogs.

Sambonet Material Design

Sambonet uses three kinds of material concepts in the production of all its goods: silverplated nickel-silver (EPNS); silverplated 18/10 stainless steel; and all 18/10 stainless steel.

When silverplated products are manufactured, Sambonet utilizes its own unique and exclusive silverplating process (HSSP) to electroplate 999.5 per mille pure silver to the base metal (the nickel-silver or stainless steel). This produces a ply of silver that is up to two times harder and four times more impervious to to tarnishing than conventional silverplating. Every piece is then hand polished to a bright mirror finish. Hotels and restaurants will machine wash Sambonet silverplated flatware where they use specialized de-mineralized water rinsing apparatus. For home use, Sambonet suggests hand washing and drying to prevent water spots on the polished mirror exterior.

EPNS products have nickel-silver, also known as German silver or alpaca, as its base metal. Nickel-silver is a terrific alternative to sterling silver (expensive) with analogous qualities of strength, workability, and color. EPNS products also have the weight of sterling silver, and you will see a distinct difference between a stainless steel and EPNS flatware piece of the same pattern.

Stainless steel products, which too may be silverplated, use 18/10 stainless steel, which denotes 18% chromium content and 10% nickel content in the steel alloy to make is highly rust resilient. All stainless steel flatware, holloware, and cookware is dishwasher safe in the home.

In closing, when you decide on Sambonet for home use, you have the comfort that it is truly a commercial-quality product that is received and embraced by fine-dining hotels and restaurants from around the world. In this day of sourcing offshore, it is also extraordinary to possess and use a product with such an old-world lineage.

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Source by Tom Finch

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