Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clark vs Charlotte

Although it's been a great value and has lasted a good decade, Tony and I feel we've outgrown our college-era Ikea flatware, so we've been looking around for a new set. We settled on a Crate & Barrel price point and are now narrowing our options. Our criteria: must have the right amount of heft, feel good in the hand, and have a modern sensibility. Care to see what we're deciding between?

This is Tony's pick, "Clark." Pros according to Tony: Good heft, brushed finish, and squared off handles.

This is my pick, "Charlotte" (clearly we're playing to our genders here). Pros according to me: Good heft, polished finish, and rounded handles.

Tony gallantly said we could get my choice, but that doesn't seem quite fair. We might compromise on something in between, like this set, "Pattern 451" from CB2:



It has a brushed finish with rounded handles, but in order to know what the heft is like we have to order it first. This is undoubtedly a third world problem, but we'd like to hear what you think all the same. Have you got a vote you'd like to share?

Update: Right now between here and Twitter "Clark" is winning. So now I have to decide, is this a democracy or a dictatorship? Ha!

8 comments:

Forrest said...

Charlotte!
(breaking the gender wall)

val said...

Ha, I'm breaking the gender walls too, but I pick Clark!

Marissa said...

I'm partial to Clark, but to be fair, I was raised in a household with brushed-finish flatware, so I may be biased. :)

annu said...

CLARK! i'm not a fan of cylindrical handles on flatware... purely the feel in my hand.

tessarh said...

i like the compromise - pattern 451. i have polished flatware and fingerprint smudges make me wish i had brushed.

Liz Noonan said...

i'm going to say Clark! the reason? the fingerprints on flatware get to me. it might get to you, too. esp the knives *shudder* but to be honest - they are all really great!

Colelatimer said...

I've had rounded and they roll! You try to set a knife on the edge of a plate? rolls right off. The Clark is the way to go, it stays still when you set it down, the way you want it to stay, or lay down. Much easier for your guests to hold, too. I wish I could say the round ones, I really do, but functionality rules - flat.

Chroma Lab said...

You guys bring up a lot of valid points I hadn't thought of! Thanks for helping us out.