When buying cutlery, it’s best to think in terms of sets. Depending on the size of your family, or how many people you normally entertain, a basic 24-piece setting may be all you need. This will provide a knife, fork, spoon and soup spoon for six people.
You can add to these sets to build up to the number of place settings you want and include other implements such as tea spoons. While purchasing large sets may seem excessive, quite often this proves to be the most cost-effective method. Buying items separately will usually be far more expensive – and it’s surprising how often the odd piece of cutlery disappears. If you have the space to store it, a few extra place settings will stand you in good stead for the life of the cutlery, which can be anything from 10 to 200 years.