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Argos Value Range 24 Piece Venice Cutlery Set

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      27.06.2012 10:19
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      An average packet of cutlery from Argos.

      I have a little obsession with cutlery. I have to have matching cutlery and if I find myself down to an odd amount of cutlery for whatever reason (i.e. a knife but no fork) then I don't want to use that cutlery anymore. Recently we were having some family over for my husbands birthday and I wanted to ensure that we had plenty of cutlery for everyone without spending loads. As I had bought an expensive electrical item in Argos a few weeks before I had a £10 off voucher and figured I would buy some cutlery as well as few other little bits I wanted for when our guests arrived and this 'venice' set of 24 pieces set me back just £3.99. This seemed like a fantastic price and was one of the cheapest that I could find on the internet without having to wait for delivery, which I was not in the position to do this time, also the set looked similar to another cheap one that I had picked up before so that was a bonus too. I have had a few different items from Argos since we moved in to our home together, some great, some not so, but I still continue to shop here, particularly for cheaper items, as their quality is usually quite good and I often get a year or two of usage out of an item that was just a few pounds and this represents fantastic value for money for me. In this set there are 6 knives, 6 forks, 6 desert spoons and 6 teaspoons. This was ideal as really I needed cutlery for 3 or 4 extra people and so I had spares should I need them for food preparation before my guests arrived. The cutlery was individually wrapped and so it took me a few minutes to unwrap everything and open the cardboard packaging then off course I had to wash the items first to ensure that they were sanitary for my guests. In all I thought that the cutlery looked nice considering the price and it had survived its journey with no problems thanks to the packaging. This cutlery is made from stainless steel, as I would expect, and there is a little pattern along the handles of each piece of cutlery. This makes each piece of cutlery matching and doesn't look too bad actually, especially considering the price. The quality of this cutlery really does reflect the cheap price tag and these pieces of cutlery are incredibly flimsy and bendable. The forks are particularly bad and the prongs actually bend just when poking in to hard food such as steak. I can feel that these are flimsy and have been able to do so from the first time that I used them. The prongs are easily manipulated out of shape in to varying directions and the knives too are flimsy bending even just by pressure down hard or cutting something diagonally. They are able to cut through food well but they bend too easily. The spoons have held up a lot better but then these aren't used for anything more than eating desert or making cups of tea. If you want some cheap cutlery for an event or something then I would definitely recommend these. The price is reflected in the strength of the knives and forks, however, they served the purpose that I needed them for and it means that if I have not put on the dishwasher or washed up that I can use these and not have to worry about routing around to find some cutlery and then having to wash it up.

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        25.05.2012 00:26
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        A great value set from Argos!

        When starting at university halls I went and did a huge shop with my mum for kitchen equipment as I owned hardly anything. We went to Argos at first because there was a leaflet posted through our door and these were shown on it. I didn't want fancy cutlery as I knew that I would end up losing it and have half of it stolen by other house mates. I only wanted a few knives and forks, but after seeing this at the price, I ended up with a 24 piece set!!! Price/quality: This cost me only 3.99! This is a bargain for 24 pieces of cutlery, I was shocked at how cheap they were. The cutlery is made from stainless still and is very strong, they are not easy to bend or break! They are squared off at the bottom and actually looks extremely stylish! If you saw these at someone's house, you would not think they were cheap. Easy to clean?: When I first got them we put them in the dishwasher and they sparkled nicely. Unfortunately at uni we didn't have a dishwasher, so I had to rely on the sink, cloths and fairly liquid to clean these up! I found them very easy to clean and they always sparkled. I was impressed with these and they never looked dirty. Do they work?: They work a treat! The knifes are sharp enough to cut thought meat and are not flimsy in any way! The spoons are great and so are the forks. They are all very solid and good size. They are not small and fit nicely into your hands and you never slip or anything like that when holding these. They lasted me a year! I had far too much cutlery and probably only used about half of the set. Overall: I would recommend these to any family, althought they seem cheap, the quality in the build is high and and they are very good cutlery. A 24 piece set is enough for a family at home, you could even buy to sets of these for cheaper than other brands! I say these are worth a try. I dont see the point in paying for fancy cutlery with swirly patterns when you can buy these good looking ones for a fraction of the price! These get 5 stars from me, can't say a bad thing about them. Thanks for reading my review :) Josh

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        13.04.2012 22:25
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        They lasted a long time!

        At around £4 for 24 items, if you are stocking up your student kitchen items then you cant go wrong. I had this set for 3 years at University and although by the end they were a little tarnished, overall nearly all the items survived. They can withstand heat when cooking, are strong as you can scoop icecream without the spoons bending, and dont look too bad in the drawer. The teaspoons were probably the ones that tarnished the most as they were constantly used for cups of tea, and left in water a lot. They all had to be thrown away after Uni along with the majority of the set. I still use some of the forks and knives although the knives have lost some of their sharpness. It comes in a cutlery style plastic box which can be disposed of immediately you have somewhere to keep the cutlery. All the items have two grooves cut into them for some kind of design. In comparison to other argos cutlery sets I really think there is not a lot of difference, if you are just looking to start up your own home then try this set. It could also be useful if you just need to replace a few items in your existing cutlery tray. It is not silver and Im not sure what they are made of, but I have never had problems with people who have metal allergies using them. They are light enough to be collected from argos.

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        11.03.2012 20:40
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        Bargain cutlery

        When it comes to value or basic range products I tend to be quite I fan. I often find you can get a lot with your money by using the supermarkets or stores own brand bargains. So when I moved into my own home I bought many value products to save money and one of these was the Argos Value Cutlery Set. The main thing that swayed my purchase was the price. For just £3.49 you get a complete set of cutlery consisting of 6 x knives, 6 x forks, 6 x desert spoons and 6 x teaspoons. I was flabbergasted that you could bet 24 pieces of cutlery for so little money (I do not know how then can be made so cheaply). Each item of cutlery are tightly boxed and wrapped in their own individual bag to keep them shiny and in mint condition on purchase. The cutlery are made from stainless steel. They are all contain a two line along the handles to add little design and character. The forks are very weak. If you push into a tough bit of meat the stainless steel struggles to maintain its shape and you can feel a bend. The prongs also struggle and I have found they have bent over time into different directions. This now makes me less inclined to use them as I am worried my teeth my bite into a stray prong. The knives again struggle with pressure and you can feel them bend under pressure. They can deal with most food but any tough meet and their lack of quality shows. The dessert spoons are ok. They feel very light and a little thin. I mainly use them for yogurts or cereal and they fine for my use. If you bake and dip them in treacle they may bend. The teaspoons are good. Again a little thin but I use these to eat yogurts and stir my tea and they do a good job at that. To wash this cutlery I just stick them through the dishwasher. I have never had any problems. They still shine nicely and I have no signs of rust or damage. I now have a more expensive set that I use day in day out. They are made from thicker steel and I prefer to eat from them. Saying that I am glad to have my spare cheap set for emergencies and they got me through a financially tough time. If you are looking to save money on cutlery I 100% recommend getting these from Argos.

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          07.09.2011 00:13
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          Great value once again

          I think I am a value range freak! I own way too many things from that section of Argos! Well, if you read my other reviews you will know most of our things got destroyed/damaged in our previous flat, we had to get lots of new things for new flat..you get the picture! Cheap and cheerful! that is how I would describe these knife and forks and spoons! For a whole set of 24 you pay around £3.00/4.00, not bad when there is only two of you and you get to share: 6 forks. 6 knives. 6 spoons. 6 teaspoons. Being quite low on money I had no problem picking up my cheap set with my money along with a few other things from the range, I mean they were metal so they were hardly going to be extremely different from any other set right? and also I hate knives and forks with plastic on as the handle, they make me sick to think about, all things get stuck and they peel and get hard..well the ones which I had did anyway! so I always try to avoid using/buying similar ones. They are all quite light and not heavy, which is fine, who wants to be eating with a fork that weighs like 30 stone anyway! They all have decent handles, long and flat and comfortable in your hand, bare in mind they are not as comfortable as round handles as flat can dig into your hand after a while of holding them. The pattern on the set is simple, just lines so nothing to fancy, you barely even notice this actually. They do the same as most other knives and forks and spoons, they cut into your food easily, they pick up food easily, they scoop up food easily, they make a good cup of tea and coffee easily. The set is made of stainless steel and are also dishwasher friendly. I have had them for a few months now and no wear or tear has happened, they look like they did when I got them, they clean extremely well, no bits of metal have scraped off. I honestly can not complain about them, there is nothing in the whole world wrong with them so to pick on something would be stupid when I think about the price. These do the same job as every other cutlery I have used throughout my life.

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          25.05.2011 12:03
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          Not really recommended unless you're desperate

          For a few months now I have been buying bits for moving house. It's rather like starting from scratch in some ways and having to buy things for my "bottom drawer" all over again 20 years after doing it the first time around. My partner and I have decided to go our separate ways so it's come down to splitting all our joint possessions and it's surprising how many little bits need replacing when two of you have been using one for years. The cutlery is something I replaced a few months ago however it wasn't successful. The cutlery I've been using for years is a lovely set with rounded handles that cost someone about £30 when they gave it as a gift. I wasn't really wanting to spend much on cutlery and when I had to go to Argos for something else I spotted this Argos Value Range 24 Piece Venice Cutlery Set for a mere £3.49. I snapped one up thinking surely it wouldn't matter what my cutlery was like, I was wrong. Just so you know I believe there is an offer on at the moment where if you buy this set of cutlery you get either serving spoons or steak knives half price. The offer wasn't on at the time of purchase though so I just got the basic cutlery set. The set comprises of 6 knives, 6 forks, 6 desert spoons and 6 teaspoons and they are made of stainless steel. Inside the box they are all individually wrapped in plastic bags and packed tightly together along with a small leaflet. The leaflet tells us they recommend hand washing these, always rinse off food particles after use (as if people need telling that!), only use a liquid detergent on them and not bleach, wipe with a soft cloth immediately after washing, do not use polishing compounds or cloths designed for silver on them, salt and minerals in food or water can cause a bluing or rainbow effect and a stainless steel cleaner can be used to remove that and to avoid scourers on these items. I have to say I fully intended to just treat these as I normally do and use them, wash them and dry them and that's it. I don't have a dishwasher but these are dishwasher safe and should be dried immediately after the dishwasher finishes the cycle to avoid discolouration and corrosion. Who knew this cheap set would have so many demands? Onto the actual cutlery. The handles are quite plain but with 2 lines on them that look a bit Art Deco. They all feel light and tinny to me after being used to fairly heavy cutlery for years but the spoons are quite a nice shape and not too wide. As the other reviewers have said the teaspoon handle is a bit longer than the norm so very helpful in hot drinks but it isn't excessively long and they still fit in the teaspoon compartment of my cutlery drawer. The knives have a serrated edge and cut quite well through most food. The prongs on the forks aren't really very nice though and are very flat and quite sharp. The forks remind me of the naff cutlery you sometimes find in cafes. The thing I really, really don't like about this set though is the handles. I have some problems with my joints and my hands are affected a little bit so often I'll drop something I'm trying to hold and these flat handles really don't help with that but they are also very uncomfortable to hold. I was surprised the other reviewers rated this set so highly and declared them comfortable to hold because they are sharp in my hands and difficult to keep a grip on because of the flatness. I much prefer a rounded handle and find it much more ergonomic than these flat ones. That's a big issue for me, a set of cutlery should last years so you don't want uncomfortable handles on them. I've also noticed on my set there are flaws on some of the knives where the blade has marks in it that look like tiny teeth marks but clearly aren't, some kind of manufacturing scrape I think. So overall I don't rate these anywhere near as highly as other people. I find them tinny, uncomfortable to grip which makes them difficult to use and the fork prongs are sharp rather than filed smooth. I've clearly been spoilt when it comes to cutlery and this set won't be getting used much once I move as I've now bagged the expensive set! On the other hand if you want a temporary set to tide you over when you first leave home or something like that then these will suffice for that purpose and at £3.49 the set it won't matter if any get lost. I'm giving the set a middle of the road 3 stars because they have price in their favour too but I don't recommend these to anyone with any type of problems with their hands, for children because of the sharp forks or for anyone who's been spoilt by nice rounded handles like me!

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            16.05.2011 20:15

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            A nice cheap and cheerful cutlery set

            Having looked at several cutlery sets ranging in price I decided to buy this Argos value range for £3.49. I thought at that price I couldn't really go wrong and if they weren't too great then I wouldn't have lost out on much. The set comprises 6 forks, 6 knifes, 6 tablespoons and 6 teaspoons. I was very pleased with this set. I think they look more expensive than they actually are. They really are cheap and cheerful. They look quite attractive as they're stainless steel. They are pretty lightweight and the shape of the handles are fine and comfortable to hold. The tablespoons are a decent size and are great for soup or cereal. The teaspoons are longer than some I've had before which is great for stirring your tea or coffee. I've had this set for almost a year now and so far they don't have a mark on them and are lasting well. I think these are great for everyday use. They seem to be pretty durable and are great value for money. I don't really think you can go wrong with these as they're so inexpensive anyway. I would definitely recommend them.

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            27.01.2011 14:12
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            A get cutlery set from Argos

            I have been looking for a new cutlery set for a while now, the set we had were given to us as a moving gift but they really are quite flimsy to say the least. When shopping around I didn't realise just how expensive plan cutlery could be, the set liked was £29.00 from Amazon and being honest I didn't want to pay that much. So back to shopping around and I came across the Argos site, I had not shopped here in years but I spotted a twenty-four piece for only £3.49! Argos Value Range 24 Piece Venice Cutlery Set: This twenty-four piece set consist of six of each - Knives, forks, spoons and teaspoons all of which are dishwasher safe. My Findings: First off I was thinking should I really go for a cheap set? Are they going to be flimsy like my other set? Will they wash well? Ect Reading further on their web site there were a few comments regarding this set saying how well made they are, that they wash really well. So I decided to give them a go, plus if I purchased this set I got a set of six steak knifes for half price so it all seemed like a good deal at the time. When I first received them they were in a rather small blue box, a rather snug fit too! I took them out the box and I was really impressed by the weight and quality given the small price tag. Each was individually wrapped inside the box keeping the scratch free during transport. When holding the knife and fork they fit well within your hands, not light but not heavy either. The knife has great cutting power and has a smooth feel to the handle. The spoons are of good size too, the teaspoons seem to have a slightly longer handle than others I have seen great for stirring your hot chocolate in a large mug. This set is made of stainless steal and so far have found them to be very durable, they have all been used a lot now and the condition is still immaculate. They wash wonderfully in the dishwasher and also great by hand. A cheap and cheerful set! All of the set has the same thickness when it comes to the handle personally and a plain in printed design. I think the thickness is just right for a perfect hand grip. Being that this is a cheap set looking at them you really wouldn't be about to tell at all Price and Availability: As this is from the Argos value range it can only be purchased from one of their stores. Items can also be ordered from there their website for delivery but there will be a charge. What I do like about Argos you can reserve your items online which will cut down your waiting time in store, I had paid and received my items within minutes. Overall: I couldn't be happier about this set, it is cheap but it doesn't show in the appearance or in quality of the items. They fit nicely within your hands, clean great and very sturdy. Nothing else I could want really, they are perfect. A big five out of five from me! Thanks for reading :o) Additional Information: Right now Argos are doing a special offer where if you buy a cutlery set you get a choice of items you can purchase half price. I chose the steak knifes (review coming shortly) so for only £8.48 I have six steak knifes and a twenty-four piece cutlery set a complete bargain! This offer will end 29th July 2011 so a good amount of time left. www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/8011792/Trail/searchtext%3ECUTLERY.ht You can find your local store here - www.argos.co.uk

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