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Flatware is claimed as 18/8 but not so marked



November 27, 2008

Can Flatware actually be 18/8 without being stamped 18/8?

I see many items for sale on the internet that claim to be 18/8 but when received are not stamped 18/8. Is it possible that these items of cutlery can have the 18/8 makeup without being marked as such?

Edward Carroll
hobbyist - Milford, Connecticut



November 28, 2008

Hi, Edward. Stainless steel is not a precious metal and there is no requirement to mark it as 18/8. But if it is strongly magnetic it is probably not 18/8.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey


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