AFTER THE HUGE SUCCESS OF OUR 10th KICKSTARTER, THE REVOLUTIONARY nöni COOKWARE RANGE HAS EXPANDED.
Solidteknics Pty Ltd, the engineers behind the wildly successful AUS-ION Australian-made wrought iron cookware, have announced that they will next month launch a whole new category in the cookware industry: seamless one-piece stainless steel saucepans. That would be another world first from this innovative Aussie company.
No need to ever wrestle with a wobbly pot handle again. This new innovation completely eliminates all rivets, welds, or joins of any kind. The entire saucepan is formed from a single sheet of special stainless steel (more on that later), making these pots virtually indestructible.
"The technology is basically the same as our pioneering seamless AUS-ION skillets, and in fact uses the same patents." said Mark Henry, founder and development engineer. "The big difference is that saucepans are much deeper than skillets, and this type of stainless steel is very difficult to form from flat sheet into a deep pot.....with an integral handle. It was a long and tortuous development path, but we got there in the end, driven on by the belief that serious cooks would be attracted to the world's most durable saucepans."
Like their seamless iron skillet siblings, Solidteknics is offering a multi-century warranty. Mark says, "We know that sounds crazy at first, until people realise how tough this material is, and that it is made from one seamless piece. It won't crack like cast iron, there's no synthetic coatings, and there's no joins or seams to fail. Any engineer would look at these pans and say, 'Yep, definitely more than a century of life in those!'
"We want customers to buy our pans only once, and hand them down for multiple generations. That's why we engrave the date of manufacture on every pan. We want Solidteknics cookware to become treasured family heirlooms, with future generations marvelling at their durability, and thinking about all the shared food love through the centuries. Parents and grandparents are already talking like this about our wrought iron pans, and that's what has made us most proud of all."
So what is the secret behind this particular stainless material?
The new saucepans are called, in full, 'CoSSNoNi', for 'Conductive Seamless Stainless No Nickel' ("We'll call them 'nöni' for short!" promises Mark), and that's the clue. The nöni pans are formed into shape from one solid piece of Nickel-free stainless steel, which is more conductive than regular Nickel-based stainless steels (eg. '18-10 stainless' means 18% Chromium and 10% Nickel). This makes the material more conductive. It's also magnetic, so it is perfectly compatible with induction. (Most stainless steel pans need a 'sandwich base' of magnetic material to work with induction.)
According to Solidteknics, being Nickel-free their pans won't leach Nickel into food. "Studies have shown that there are significant levels of Nickel leaching into food, particularly when stainless steel pots are new. It's something to be aware of, even though the full health implications of this heavy metal aren't yet understood. We're not biochemists, but we just wanted to avoid any doubt, after our engineering research." said Mark.
Funded by the crowd
Lids that aren't just lids.....
You may have noticed that no lid is shown in the teaser graphics here, and that is another closely-guarded secret, for now. Mark said, "Because we're making lids in Australia, they will never be as cheap as the imports. So that motivated us to come up with a lid that serves more than one function. It's probably also a world first, we believe. It's very cool, so we'll try to keep the lid on that news for launch day!"
A long 'wish list'
Australian-made. World-first seamless 1-piece. Healthy. Sustainable. Indestructible. Multi-century warranty. Multi-generation heirloom. Multi-function.....what's not to love about Solidteknics' dream for a whole new cookware category?