Lenox Stainless Steel Flatware Review: Knives, Forks, Spoons; Patterns, Designs, Dinnerware
Lenox Stainless Steel 18/10
While less extensive than the brand's china department, Lenox flatware nevertheless describes a broad arch of tastes in design and décor, aiming to appeal to different types of hosts and preferences. 18/10 category stainless steel becomes the standard material – several collections, usually the more formal and festive ones, add a touch of gold or platinum.
Besides classically equipped five-piece table settings (includes place and salad fork, place and teaspoon, and a knife), Lenox also offer more elaborate and specialized hostess sets (sugar spoon, table spoon, regular and pierces, and gravy ladle) besides smaller three-piece arrangements (butter knife, meat fork, tablespoon). Usually all of these items can be purchased separately as well (an important feature for customers wishing to complete a missing piece, or expand their collection).
Most of the collections tend towards
simplified classic and modern patterns. In spirit of simplicity that characterizes a large portion of Lenox selection, cutlery displays
clean, well-defined lines, with unobtrusive, often understated
embellishments providing the final aesthetic touches. A rare
exception is the Venetian Lace line, which brings to mind such
decorative Oneida offerings as Michelangelo, Dover, and Chateau. Compare to Mikasa, and Pfaltzgraff flatware.
Let's take a closer look:
Venetian Lace shows an intricate design on the borders of the pieces, revealing some decorative influences. Stainless steel made, it is safe for use in a dish washer. Bellina collection provides a simplified version of this line.
Opal Innocence pattern carries a vine-inspired ornament at the center of the handles – but not in the form of deep scroll work, rather as a slightly protruding, shallow embellishment – without too much commitment, as Oneida would have done.
Eternal, frosted, standard, and gold is a classic pattern positioned somewhere between transitional and contemporary: clean lines and band at the bottom and the girth – a middle ground between tradition and minimalism.
Vintage Jewel echoes such classic Oneida collections as Juilliard, Paul Revere, and Easton: a delicate border ornament introduces part visual part tactile texture to create an elegant and semi-formal pattern.