Now for the utensils
I've been doing my homework looking for SS utensils and have exained all the different brands on display within 40 miles. A little neurotic maybe, but I just hate to return things. Looked at SS by All Clad, Calphalon, Kitchenaid, Oneida, OXO, Tools of the Trade, etc. Tools of the trade had the widest selection and were polished (*see below) but they are die-struck with no bulk added to the handle. I need more than flat metal to hang onto :-(
The Calphalon and All Clad were the most costly but no more impressive than the others. The spatula blades were blunt, not tapered with an edge. Even the cheapest nylon has a tapered edge. But then so does OXO's two steel options. Bravo on their spatulas! I want to get under stuff with a spatula, not push it around. One style is brushed, the other polished.
Now for the difference between brushed and polished steel. SS is tough but it is also easy to burnish, meaning polish. I could see on some of the brushed finished pieces hanging on display that they were already passively rubbed and had polished streaks in the brushed finish. Knowing they'd all end up burnished/polished after a short time, I went with the polished set to cut to the chase. They're so highly polished that my partner insists they're chromed. Only 5 pieces to choose from but I don't mind searching. I can find the pasta scoop only on Amazon, not in stock. OXO Good Grips 79791 is it's name. This design has black rubber handles that I (yes I did) try to wrench off in the store and they are tough-tight. Also, OXO makes an SS spatula that is 0.25mm according to my micrometer. Talk about flat! I could fold it if I wanted to but because of the plasticity of SS it's very sturdy and rigid. Most stores carry the smaller one but I found a large one at BB&B. I'm on a good path, I think. Besides, Alton Brown loves OXO and I love him so I figure I shall love OXO too!