Lakeland Glacier Cutlery
When my last son left for university in September of last year it was the end of an era. At one time we had a house bursting with four of our own teenagers and three of their partners, and the catering for these numbers was quite a task! Added to that some would come and go from university in the holidays and term times, and so meal times were chaotic to say the least. My husband and I decided that we would start afresh, and would update our china and cutlery to reflect our changing family dynamics, and we started in the cutlery drawer which actually looked like a charity shop dumping ground for everything from my late granny's bone handled knives, to the glistening silver of a British Airways butter knife - (no idea where that came from!) Years of the dishwasher had taken its toll on the main set, which looked tired and dated, and rummaging through the collection was getting tiresome. I decided to dispose of the lot to charity, and to purchase some middle range cutlery to replace it.
I decided to purchase the collection called "Glacier" which is sold on the Lakeland Limited website. These are not available from our Chelmsford store, although they do stock some other ranges in sets. They may be available in larger stores.
Build Up A Collection - Gradually
I wanted to be able to purchase mine individually, allowing me to make up a collection of what I needed rather than being forced to buy a set, and so I have been doing this all through the winter and now have a sizeable collection of knives, forks and spoons.
I didn't decide on this range by chance. I really value websites where companies allow buyers comments to appear alongside the items, because although you have to be careful not to trust individual reviews, you can generally speaking build up a picture of how the item performs and wears. One lady said she had been using this range for years, and despite it being in and out of the dishwasher on a daily basis it still looked like new- this was the reassurance I needed. I also thought it boded well for it being an item likely not to be discontinued, which is important if you are building up a collection.
The Cutlery And How It Looks
Made from high quality stainless steel the cutlery is well designed and modern, and I think it has an elegant look and feel to it. I like the soup spoons in particular as they have a good sturdy feel to them. The finish of all the items is shiny, and I find that with daily use this is retained whether the pieces are dishwasher cleaned or not. The range has just the right weight to it so that it feels expensive and high quality.
A Good Price
Price-wise I was very pleased with the cost. The table knives are £3.79 each, the forks are £3.29 and the other pieces are less expensive. The range encompasses all you would expect for dining, from soup spoons through to dessert forks and teaspoons. I feel that it looks a lot more expensive than it is, so I think it represents excellent value for money.
Some Good Offers
I ordered online in several batches making use of various offers that Lakeland have from time to time. I would also point out that although they do not deal with cash-back sites in general, they still have a relationship with the site at www.giveortake.com where clicking through will yield 4% cash-back on purchases.
It will be a long time until I can afford a set of silver cutlery, which I would love to own, as I think this is so lovely to use, especially if you have gone to a lot of trouble preparing a special dinner. It looks very elegant with white porcelain in particular. However I think this Glacier set has many attributes and looks very passable with my white crockery. Silver can't be dishwashed either, so this set has that advantage to bear in mind. Furthermore, compared to other sets of cutlery in the same price range I think this is a good option. I did purchase some individual stainless steel knives and forks from The Co-op some years ago, and the Lakeland pieces are, in my opinion, more elegant, and have a more attractive finish for less financial outlay.
Finally a small point to make is that if you are under eighteen you will not be able to purchase the knives in this collection.
Summary: Well worth buying if you are looking to purchase cutlery.
This review was previously posted on Dooyoo under my user name Machair1