Each piece is made from 25/10 tempered stainless steel.
Flatware has ivory-colored acrylic handles with stainless-steel ends and rivets.
Knives are signed with Laguiole and Jean Dubost-France.
Spoons and forks are signed with: JD FRANCE.
Flatware has the famous Bee signature (knife: in relief, other pieces: embossed).
Made in France.
Pierre Dubost and his wife, Marcelle Colas Prodel, created the Dubost company in 1920. Four generations later the Dubost family continues to make exceptionally crafted, iconic flatware and cutlery in the mountain village of Viscomtat, France.
I purchased the Dubost Ivory Languiloe Flatware--service for six-- in 1992. For three years it was my daily cutlery. I only use it now as my good cutlery for special occasions--usually ten to fifteen small dinner parties per year. I always get compliments when I set the table with this special cutlery. The knives have remained extremely sharp. Sometimes guest question the small size of the salad forks and the teaspoons. I remind my special guests that in Europe the teaspoons are used for stirring sugar and/or cream in tea or coffee, not for scooping up peas and/or corn. The salad forks are smaller because you are eating a salad, not spearing a slab of beef off of the serving platter. This cutlery is dishwasher safe and the construction has stood the test of time
Preface: I have never given a bad review on Sur la Table and have always loved the quality of my purchases.
HOWEVER: I ordered one set of this flatware to see it in person before investing in a large number of sets. Good thing I did - returning immediately! The pieces are very lightweight (think: what you would find at Homegoods or TJMaxx). The bigger problem, though, is that the pieces are oddly sized: the tablespoon is HUGE while the salad fork and teaspoon are child-sized (literally, my friend laughed out loud when I showed them to her). The knife is also strange - not a butter knife and not a steak knife - with a cheap-looking wide-tooth serration. Hopefully this review will save others from disappointment. $12/utensil is absurd for this set, but even at $1/utensil I would return it because it is not properly sized/designed
For a long time, Laguiole knives enjoyed an outstanding reputation for quality and durability (I recently visited that region of France, and interestingly enough the town of Laguiole changed its name due the flooding of the marketplace with inferior Chinese imitations bearing its name). I purchased a set of Dubost flatware in blue on clearance several years ago, and use it to set my holiday table. (I also purchased the matching set of Laguiole spreaders in blue when they were still available). Laguiole flatware really dresses up any meal. Sur La Table describes this set as 25/10, however, I strongly suspect it is actually the lighterweight 15/10 as the knife in particular feels very light (the metal for the fork is actually thicker / heavier than the knife). Also, the finishing on the handles feels rough in some spots. Despite the fact that it claims to be dishwasher-safe, I always hand wash mine as I am afraid of the handles cracking. It comes with a certificate of authenticity and is made in France (cheap Chinese knockoffs with matching logos and boxes seem to have flooded the market; I've seen them turn up at various discount retailers). It is a beautiful addition to my table, but I save it for special occasions and am not sure it would stand up to the wear and tear of my everyday stainless flatware
I completely agree with the reviewer who said this is an excellent, European style set. My husband and I literally spent years before and after we were married trying to agree on a set. When we saw this one, it appealed to both of our senses of style and function. The teaspoons and dessert fork are small; the spoon is large which is great for peas - one of my husband's favorite veggies - and the knife works great on steak. We kept a few butter type knives from our old set
From the standpoint of aesthetics and functionality, this flatware is marvelous. We're not sure to think of it as elegantly casual or casually elegant. We enjoy using it with a variety of dinnerware and almost feel as if we are in France at these meals. We are fussy about serrated knives, and this one is particularly good