Since 1840, Ricci Argentieri has been one of the most respected and renowned silversmiths in Europe. Their headquarters are in northern Italy, where sterling silver is still produced. They are committed to producing exceptional quality and beauty, and will not compromise their standards for ease of production. Patterns extend to the ends of the pieces and on both front and back, detailing found only on the best flatware. Every stainless piece is manufactured with ultra-modern machinery that specializes in intricate designs, and is made with high quality 18/10 , which creates stainless that is lustrous and heavyweight. Knives are forged carbon steel, and the resulting collection is unusually strong. Each piece undergoes a rigorous quality inspection.