Flatware made from 18/0 Stainless Steel
The numeric designation for 18/0 stainless steel indicates the amounts of chromium and nickel, respectively, that are alloyed with the steel. 18/0 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 0% nickel. Chromium is a hard, white metal with stain-resistant properties. Nickel is a silvery-white metal, also with stain-resistant qualities, often used to increase luster and shine in alloys. Together, they increase stainless steel's resistance to corrosion over time. Chromium, by itself, is not as resistant to staining as when combined with nickel. Nickel increases the corrosion resistance and the shiny luster of the stainless steel. Also nickel is an expensive metal and therefore it increases the cost of flatware that includes it in the stainless steel alloy.
However, 18/0 stainless steel is still stainless steel and just as strong as other grades of stainless steel. The fact that there is zero percent nickel content in the stainless steel alloy really only means that it has a lower resistance to corrosion, but its tensile strength is virtually unaffected. It still has the 18 percent chromium content which means it will still have a bright finish, just not as shiny silver. However, without proper care, 18/0 flatware can accumulate stains over time.
Please note that there are several benefits to 18/0 stainless steel flatware. First, some people have allergic reactions to nickel, so this flatware would be best for them. Second, the lower, expensive nickel content (as in, none) means the price of the flatware will be much less than flatware of other grades with higher nickel content, making 18/0 stainless steel flatware a great option for restaurants maintaining a tighter budget. It still looks great, and is strong enough to last a long time.