The best SS flatware is made from 18/8 s/steel, sometimes called 316
grade, and should be stamped as such on the back of each piece.
The best test is to put a magnet on yours, if it picks it up or
sticks to it, its whats called chrome iron.
Thats a really cheap grade, and not worthy of a place in a
metalworkers home. If it was mine Id scrap it.
If, like me your fussy about all the tools you use in your life, get
yourself some really nice quality plated Tiffany tableware or even
earlier bone handled 2 pronged forks and knives to match, which are
proper carbon steel. Beautiful to cut through that tender fillet
steak BUT NO dishwasher use!! and need careful maintenance. IE hand
wash, no soaking, properly dry and then not just chucked into a
cutlery drawer along with everything else.
To give you another example, at our localcar boot on Sunday I picked
up a set of 6 ivory handled desert knives and forks (12 pieces in
all) for just under $10.00 the metal on these is EPNS. When I find
another set, ill cut up the ivory to make into a necklace with silver
mounts. Ivory is lovely to work.
But im digessing.