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I like the Pott 35 because it is possibly a more focused and committed design. In a negative light, maybe one could view the Pott 33 as more compromised, while it is perhaps more balanced or harmonious when positively interpreted.

Honestly, the trouble is that you can’t really handle these things first. I’d go with the one that feels nicer to use, if I could. In my imagination, the Pott 33 is more likely better in that respect—but I’m far from certain. The broad, flat surfaces of the Pott 35 handles might actually promote better stability.

I really dislike the Pott 24. Whenever I’ve used flatware with tapered handles like that, they have been awkward and uncomfortable. I imagine the tapered fork tines and spoon bowls would also be unfriendly in actual usage. Overall, the design strikes me as more interested in evoking forward thinking than actually being well thought-out.
That's a fair point about the spoons on the 24. My problem with the 35 is that it indeed reminds me of mess hall flatware, and I find the neck of the fork and spoons to be inelegant.

I would be shocked if anyone here can differentiate “quality level” among any of these sets, beyond “it’s made from metal, and doesn’t have any burrs or sharp edges”.
Think someone may have mentioned David Mellor previously. Some really good looking stuff! Prices are not Pott crazy, but maybe ~50% higher than the likes of Alessi and Georg Jensen.

Anybody know about the quality level? Some of the designs I like below.

David Mellor London:
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David Mellor Minimal:
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David Mellor Odeon:
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Of these, I like the Odeon.

The minimal is the worst to my eye. I have the same objection to the neck as I did in the Pott 35. The roots are too deep, and the knife looks unfinished to me.

The London is fine, but I prefer the forks on the Odeon. The forks on the London are too rounded for me and like the 24 conjure and image of a spork in my mind.
 

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I'm no size queen, but a couple of those look small enough to be children's flatware.

I guess I'm more partial to elongated designs like below.
The Minimal is actually pretty massive. Hard to get a sense of scale from the pic.

I would be shocked if anyone here can differentiate “quality level” among any of these sets, beyond “it’s made from metal, and doesn’t have any burrs or sharp edges”.
Apparently, the points and interior surfaces of the fork tines are telltale. Worse made stuff will not be properly ground/finished, leaving the inside of the tines rough and the points squared off or blunt.

That's a fair point about the spoons on the 24. My problem with the 35 is that it indeed reminds me of mess hall flatware, and I find the neck of the fork and spoons to be inelegant.




Of these, I like the Odeon.

The minimal is the worst to my eye. I have the same objection to the neck as I did in the Pott 35. The roots are too deep, and the knife looks unfinished to me.

The London is fine, but I prefer the forks on the Odeon. The forks on the London are too rounded for me and like the 24 conjure and image of a spork in my mind.
The Minimal is my favorite, but now I’m reading some not so great stuff about David Mellor.
 

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If you want form and function, can you do much better than Finnish firm Fiskars' basic 'Functional Form' set, in 18/10 stainless steel and less than $150 for a 24-piece set?


Given the value, I'd say it has a strong claim to have out-KnifeForkSpoon'd Jasper Morrison in the designed-to-look-undesigned stakes, no? (The designer is Tobias Jakobsen).
 

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^ that’s the winner right there
 

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If you want form and function, can you do much better than Finnish firm Fiskars' basic 'Functional Form' set, in 18/10 stainless steel and less than $150 for a 24-piece set?


Given the value, I'd say it has a strong claim to have out-KnifeForkSpoon'd Jasper Morrison in the designed-to-look-undesigned stakes, no? (The designer is Tobias Jakobsen).
Not bad looking. But the price does make me wonder about quality. I don’t see mention of the steel type anywhere, just that it’s stainless.
 

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The Functional Form cutlery set by Fiskars was designed by Tobias Jacobsen. The cutlery is made of 18/10 stainless steel with an ergonomic handle, making it easy and practical to hold. A classic design with a matte finish that works for both everyday and special occasions.
 

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If you want form and function, can you do much better than Finnish firm Fiskars' basic 'Functional Form' set, in 18/10 stainless steel and less than $150 for a 24-piece set?


Given the value, I'd say it has a strong claim to have out-KnifeForkSpoon'd Jasper Morrison in the designed-to-look-undesigned stakes, no? (The designer is Tobias Jakobsen).
These are excellent. Understated and not so obviously designed as some posted here. The appeal to me in the same way the Almoco flatware I posted earlier do.
 

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If you want form and function, can you do much better than Finnish firm Fiskars' basic 'Functional Form' set, in 18/10 stainless steel and less than $150 for a 24-piece set?


Given the value, I'd say it has a strong claim to have out-KnifeForkSpoon'd Jasper Morrison in the designed-to-look-undesigned stakes, no? (The designer is Tobias Jakobsen).
No salad forks though?
 

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Salad is for cucks, bruh.
I admit that I almost never do a full place setting (just eat my entree and my salad with the same fork like a pleb), but it is nice to have the option.

Also just to have the smaller forks available as dessert forks, lunch forks, forks you can grab while cooking, etc...and still have a full set of dinner forks clean and ready for service.
 

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But if you're not spending spending $200/place setting, how can you know it is good?
Are there insane licensing fees or some other factor in their COGS or do the expensive designer styles just have huge profit margins?
 

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