Material & care

Material & care

Material & care


Carl Mertens cutlery sets are made from high-quality materials of German origin:

• 18/10 stainless steel (contains 18% chromium and 10% nickel)
• Silver-plating with a 100g layer of pure silver
• Gold-plating with 24 carat gold
• 925/000 sterling silver

All Carl Mertens flatware are dishwasher-proof according to RAL.

The forged blades of the table knives are made of a stainless blade steel which is alloyed with molybdenum and hardened. Carl Mertens’ all-steel knives are made completely from this material as well.

Cutlery care

In addition to washing them in the dishwasher with suitable agents, Carl Mertens recommends washing all table knives by hand. Silver- and gold-plated cutlery and cutlery made from real silver lose their colour with time and tarnish. Use a mild silver care product and silver care cloths and/or silver soaps or cotton wool.

Stains, flash rust etc.

If cutlery is left uncleaned for a longer period of time, food acids (fruit acids, milk acid, acetic acid, and mustard) stuck to it can cause bluish stains or discolouration in any colour of the rainbow. Use a metal care product to polish away stains and discolouration marks. This also applies to the removal of flash rust, which is more likely to collect on blade steel when it has been washed in a dishwasher.


Carl Mertens is a manufacturing company with in-house production in Solingen and is therefore able to meet any specific requests customers have. In addition to the 18/10 stainless steel models, Carl Mertens cutlery sets can be produced in 925/000 sterling silver, silver-plated with a 100g layer of silver, or gold-plated with 24 carat gold on request. It can be further individualised through stamping, engraving, laser engraving, or the etching of initials or names. You can contact us directly with your requirements:

Final recommendation

In addition to consisting exclusively of the best and well-selected materials, Carl Mertens’ cutlery sets are distinguished from their rivals by careful, material-friendly production methods. These provide a guarantee for sufficient resistance to influences encountered by the metal later on. Please pay attention to the detailed material information and care tips you find on product detail pages. If your cutlery displays defects despite you caring for it properly, please don’t hesitate to contact our factory in Solingen directly. We will be happy to advise you and restore the gleam to your cutlery.

Please note that all advises just mentioned are also valid for our accessories and for further Carl Mertens product made of stainless steel. You can find more care tips on every product packaging.

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