Flatware may be the most important part of any table setting. After all, without a fork and knife, we would be forced to eat steak with our hands. Without a spoon, soup would be sipped directly from the bowl. Fine flatware comes in a number of different styles that range from simple and elegant to fun and stylish. For a formal dinner, you may want to use a set made from fine, polished silver or brass. For a casual get-together, on the other hand, you may find that you prefer something with decorative handles or colored enamel details.