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Hi, I'm Lisa and I'll be glad to help you with any pre-sales questions you may have. To make things easier, I've listed below some of the most commonly asked questions on the following topics:

If have a question that was not answered here or you'd prefer a personalized reply, please Send Me a Message. If you have questions or need assistance with an order that was already placed, please contact our Customer Service.

Satisfaction Policy - Ordering & Product Returns

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  1. Where can I purchase Yamazaki tableware products?
    Yamazaki products can be purchased online directly from this web site. Our products are also found at many retail stores across the USA. Another way to purchase Yamazaki products is over the phone. Call 1-800-441-3675 and a representative will be happy to assist you.
  2. What are your customer service hours?
    You can contact us by phone during our normal business hours. 
    Monday through Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00 pm EST
    Friday: 9:00am -1:00pm EST. 
    Phone: (800) 441-3675.
    Or, you can email us anytime.
  3. Do you charge Sales Tax?
    Sales tax is collected for any order with a shipping address located in New Jersey. The current sales tax rate collected is 7%.
  4. Can I cancel or modify my order once it has been placed?
    Unfortunately, once an order has been submitted, we are unable to change or cancel an order. Please refer to our return policy.
  5. What is your return policy?
    Yamazaki is committed to customer satisfaction and all Yamazaki products come not only with a "Limited Lifetime Warranty" as described below, but also a "15 Day Satisfaction Policy" should you wish to return your purchase for any reason. Here's how it works: Any unused merchandise or merchandise damaged during shipment may be returned to Yamazaki for a refund/exchange within 15 days of the date your order was received.
  6. How do I return my item(s)?
    To ensure that we process your return according to your wishes, please follow the procedure outlined below when returning your merchandise to Yamazaki:

    1. Log into your account at http://www.yamazakitableware.com and click on "View Orders". Select the order containing the product(s) you wish to return and click the "Return Products" button. Simply fill out the form including which product(s) you wish to return and the reason. If you have any special requests, be sure to include them in the "Comments" area. Submit the return request and you will be contacted shortly via email with instructions related to your return, including a Return Authorization Number (RA#)

    2. Pack and seal all Yamazaki products to be returned or exchanged securely, in the original package if possible, along with copies of the original invoice.

    3. Ship your return or exchange prepaid -- we do not accept C.O.D. deliveries -- to the following address with the RA# clearly marked on the outside of the package to:

    Yamazaki Tableware
    Attn: Returns (RA# goes here)
    Hackettstown Commerce Park
    101 Bilby Road
    Building #1
    Hackettstown, NJ 07840

    4. We recommend that you select a shipping method that provides a tracking or confirmation of delivery option and that you insure your return as Yamazaki cannot be responsible for any products lost or damaged during their return shipment from you to Yamazaki.

    5. A credit or product replacement is generally issued within 10 days of receipt of the returned items. If the product is returned for a quality issue, Yamazaki may elect to replace the product rather than issue a credit.

    If you have any questions, please call Yamazaki Customer Service at (800) 441-3675, or submit an Online Customer Service Request.

Shipping

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  1. What are your shipping rates?
    Currently, we are offering FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS IN THE CONTINENTAL US, no matter what size your order is.  Shipping rates to AK and HI are a flat rate of $40 (any size order.)
  2. Do you ship outside of the U.S.?
    Currently, our online ordering system handles only orders to the US.  Please contact us for international shipping rates.
  3. What is your method of shipping?
    YamazakiTableware.com ships using UPS Ground Service or US Postal Service. A valid street address is required. (We do not ship to PO Boxes.)
  4. When will my order ship?
    All orders are generally processed and shipped within 48-72 hours of order receipt. Use the map below to find the number of days UPS estimates for delivery to your destination once the package leaves our shipping facility.

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 General Flatware Questions

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  1. What is Stainless Steel?
    Stainless steel is an alloy of raw steel and various other elements which reduce the degree of discoloration and/or rusting found in ordinary/raw steel. In flatware, almost all of the steel used in the highest quality products is composed of a minimum of 18% Chrome and 8% Nickel. The Chrome aids in reduction of rusting or spotting and the Nickel imparts color and luster to the finished product. This alloy, often referred to as either 18/8 OR 18/10 is known to metallurgists as 304 Stainless Steel. Another alloy used for moderate priced flatware is known as 18/0 or 18 Chrome Stainless Steel. It has 18% Chrome but no Nickel content. Thus it has a slightly different color, not normally obvious to the eye. Very inexpensive, promotional flatware is normally made of 13/0 or 13 Chrome Stainless Steel. This alloy is much less expensive and the product has a greater tendency to discolor, rust and pit. All Yamazaki Stainless Steel Flatware is made of either 18/8 or 18/0 Stainless Steel.
  2. What are the most common Flatware items?
    Most of the flatware services used in the home have 5 pieces used for eating – a Fork and Knife, a Salad Fork and a Spoon or Place Spoon and a Teaspoon. Many people add Serving Pieces to their sets. Yamazaki offers an assortment of Serving Pieces in most of our patterns including Tablespoons, Pierced Tablespoons, Serving/Meat Forks, Sugar Spoons and Butter Knives. Several of our patterns also have Gravy Ladles, Pastry Servers and Large Serving Forks and Spoons.
  3. Why don’t the knives on Yamazaki Flatware patterns have serrated edges?
    Yamazaki makes the knife blades in our flatware patterns using a “High Carbon” stainless steel to take and maintain a sharp cutting edge. Some companies use a “softer” steel that will dull over time. To make the blade in this lower grade steel last longer, a serrated edge is sometimes added to these knife blades.
  4. Why are there so many different prices for Stainless Steel Flatware?
    As with many products, flatware prices are the result of raw materials and costs of production. Higher priced flatware is typically made from more costly “18/8 or 18/10” stainless steel adding to its’ overall durability and carefree nature. Also, many higher priced flatware patterns like those offered from Yamazaki are more sculptural in nature with noticeable differences in the “thickness” and comfort of handles, combined with an aesthetically pleasing “thinness” in their spoons, tines and blades that add immeasurably to dining pleasure as opposed to some of the “stamped” and noticeably uncomfortable lower priced patterns in the market. Finally, Yamazaki product is hand finished, hand polished and completely inspected before it is offered to the consumer, representing an excellent value for superior product.

Flatware Care & Use

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  1. How do I keep my Stainless Steel Flatware looking like new?
    Stainless Steel means that the product “stains less” than ordinary steel. While is it extremely tough and durable, it is not “stain proof.” The best way to keep you flatware looking like new is to wash it as soon after use as possible. Rinsing your flatware before putting it into a dishwasher is of great help in removing food particles that may cause spotting. Also, some food stuffs with high sulfur content like mayonnaise or eggs can mar the steel. Flatware that has been used with these products should be washed as soon as possible to reduce any discoloration that might occur. Finally, you can purchase various stainless steel cleaners/polishes at your local supermarket that will easily remove most discoloration that might occur. All flatware will show tiny scratched surfaces after months/years of use. These marks, referred to a patina, are considered an enhancement of the product, softening the surface and adding the personal feeling to the flatware.
  2. Can my Yamazaki Stainless Steel go into the dishwasher?
    A simple answer, yes, all Yamazaki Flatware has been designed to provide a lifetime of carefree service. We also recommend that your flatware be rinsed prior to placing in the dishwasher, and that a good quality non-lemon based dishwashing detergent be used, as the acidic properties of some lemon dishwashing detergents can stain the steel. We also recommend that you try to keep the blades of the knives from hitting the handles of the other pieces as the agitation can cause the blades to mark the handles. Finally, we recommend that you towel dry the flatware rather than permitting the flatware to go through the high heat drying cycle. While the flatware can “stand the heat”, any food particles that do not get rinsed away in the dish washer may bake on with the drying heat.

Limited Warranty Policy

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  1. What is your product warranty policy?
    Each piece of Yamazaki fine quality stainless flatware & giftware comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty against manufacturers defects in workmanship and materials for the lifetime of the original owner/purchaser. Should you receive a defective item you may return the piece with proof of purchase/copy of original invoice to Yamazaki Tableware as described in the ordering & product return policy listed above on this page, or if you have any additional questions you may contact us directly at 1-800 441-FORK (1 800-441-3675) Mon through Thursday 9AM to 5:00PM and Friday 9:00 to 1:00PM EST.

    Yamazaki will, at its option, replace the "affected piece" (not complete sets) at no charge for the replacement. A similar piece will be used for replacement if the original pattern is no longer available. Please also note, this limited warranty does not cover any damage or defects caused by misuse, abuse, or failure to use proper care in use and cleaning of your product.

Flatware Replacement

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  1. Can I get additional pieces or replace lost/damaged pieces?
    Yamazaki offers “open stock” in all of its active flatware patterns which can be ordered right on our web site. This means that you can purchase individual items to replace pieces that have been lost or damaged or to add to your flatware set at any time. Additionally, discontinued pattern replacements can be ordered here.

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