I wrote a review soon after I got the hammered flatware set, and made an error. The stems of the forks and spoons were not soft, they were just a little crooked when they arrived. We tried to bend them back, but they didn't budge, so I know they are not soft, as I stated earlier. We love them.
I have had the flatware for several weeks, and am very happy with the look and feel. However, the stainless steel ”business end” of the pieces seem to be very soft — such that the fork tines bend with minimal pressure, and the “stems” of the smaller fork and spoon are easily deformed. We are careful wth our possessions, but I’m afraid these will not look beautiful for long. Too bad.