There's something pleasing about resin-handled flatware; the handles are warm to the touch (unlike cold stainless) and add a graphic note to the table. Here are our favorites:
Above: Stainless and bakelite Lambert Flatware from Germany; $72 for a four-piece place setting at Terrestra.
Above: Stainless steel with black resin handles, the 20-piece set of Wright Flatware is currently on sale for $129.95 at Crate & Barrel (it's UK-based designer Martin Brudnizki's favorite everyday flatware).
Above: Designed in the 1930s by a trio of architects, the stainless Alessi Serie 40 Flatware features dark blue, almost black, high-strength plastic handles; $105 for a five-piece place setting at Fitzsu.
Above: Anglais Ivory Stainless Flatware by Alain Saint-Joanis; $200 for a five-piece place setting at Manor Home & Gifts.
Above: From English master David Mellor: the simple Provencal Cutlery is crafted of stainless and resin with brass rivets; $101 for a five-piece place setting at Didrick's.
Above: Made in Portugal, the Ebony Cutipol Flatware with black resin handles is $72 for a five-piece place setting at Cielo Home.
Above: By Portuguese designer Jose Joaquim Ribeiro, the Teroforma Lolo Flatware is available in brushed stainless with resin handles; $80 for a five-piece place setting at Velocity Art & Design.
Above: David Mellor recently reintroduced his Chinese Cutlery line, designed in the 1970s; available with black, white, or green resin handles; a six-piece place setting is £75 at David Mellor.
Above L: French company Sabre's Stick Flatware is $53.50 for a five-piece setting and Sabre's Basic Flatware (above R) is $73.75 for a five-piece setting; both are available at Upscale Gallery in a range of colors.
Above: Gingko Le Prix Flatware, available in several different colors, is $44.70 for a 20-piece flatware set (service for four) at Amazon.
Above: Designed in 1960 by Peter Raacke, the Mono-E flatware is made of brushed steel with ebony handles; a five-piece setting of Mono-E Flatware is $275 at CSN Stores.
Above: Jean Dubost Bistro Cutlery; £37.50 for a four-piece place setting at Toast.