Mikasa Flatware, Silverware Review: Wallace, Towle, International, CK; Knives, Forks, Spoons
Mikasa selection of flatware is relatively narrow – bone china remains the primary product category for this brand – and the company compensates customers by offering what seems as the most versatile selection of silverware brands in today's china outlets: high-end and luxury International Silver, Wallace and Towle, designer Calvin Klein and Lisa Jenks, as well as daughter brand Sasaki.
International Company, Wallace and Towle employ stainless steel, sterling silver, and gold accents, and comprise some of the most luxury-oriented brands in the cutlery industry; Mikasa, however prefer to focus on the more affordable designs these three have to offer, Joan of Arc being the only line made of a precious metal.
Both Kalvin Clein and Lisa Jenks opt for contemporary styles – strong geometric influences, holistic and oriental elements, nature inspired patterns, and so on – the stress is on flowing, seamless forms that don't break-up into intricate scrollwork vines. Symmetry and straightforward linear patterns dictate the aesthetic character of the knives, forks, and spoons these designers make.
Mikasa (described as Gourmet Basics) features contemporary and semi-transitional handles made in 18/10 grade stainless steel; simple ornament lends this flatware a strong functional yet traditional character.
Sasaki takes more risks by introducing more playful, curving contours (Senja, Peapod collections), as well some curious aristocratic-influenced patterns (Orbit, Village of Sienna) reminiscent of early Continental heraldry.
Towle patterns incorporate gold, mother-of-pearl, sterling silver, and other precious materials – yet only few high-end patterns find their way into Mikasa selection. Instead, the brand picks Towle's most modern, clean designs that eschew the elaboration of the heavy traditional silverware.
Wallace are given more leeway, presenting such gold accented and fanciful flatware as Corsica and Butterfly collections. Additional lines include the decorative La Renaissance, Mandolin, and Pompeii).
International Silver segment encompasses several styles, approaching Oneida in scope – traditional, transitional, and minimalist. Broad handles accommodate vines, heralds, stars, knots, and other etched symbols.
Calvin Klein and Lisa Jenks reveal unfettered, functional design that nevertheless shows confidence, elegance, and familiarity with particular spirit of modern age. 18/10 stainless steel knives, forks, spoons, ladles, cake servers, and other flatware.