SOLIDteknics Australian-made nöni stainless skillet+bakeware
Chef-acclaimed. Healthy non-Nickel stainless, wrought in 1 SOLID 3mm piece. Patented. Multi-generation durable. Heirloom date stamped<3
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, December 5 2018 9:06 PM UTC +00:00.
Chefs and home cooks are loving the nöni™ pans we shipped from our first three Australian wrought stainless cookware launch campaigns.
Loving them for their exceptional conductivity (fast and even heat), and confidence there's no Nickel leaching from our ferritic stainless.
Loving their indestructible, seamless smooth 1-piece construction, and the knowledge that their engraved 'First Edition' dated pans will be handed down as heirlooms for many generations.
This is our first nöni™ classic all-round daily chef skillet made in Australia, and it is launched here with the first two of our products made specifically for baking. All three innovations are like nothing else on the market.
With your support here on Kickstarter we will put these innovative new models into production, and together make history, not just the world's finest cookware!
Alexx Stuart is an author and leading Australian expert on low tox living, and she has loved our healthy sustainable iron and stainless cookware from the beginning.
Alexx really wanted us to expand our non-Nickel stainless steel cookware range to give people more options for cooking and baking without Nickel leaching into their food. (Regular stainless steels usually contain 8% or 10% Nickel.)
Alexx and our founder Mark Henry share many of the same values, so it was a natural progression for them to work together to create the healthier and more sustainable non-toxic products you see in this Kickstarter launch.
To show her faith in our products, Alexx has allowed us to stamp her trademark 'Low Tox Life Approved®' on each of the new nöni™ products offered here (see stamp details and more about Alexx's important work in Section 2 below).
Graphic summary: full details, including costs in your local currency, are found under rewards column on right on PC (under Main Menu on mobile).
Please note: these Reward Pledge prices will never be matched again! Retail will be higher, particularly overseas, and the nöni™ skillet will never be stamped FIRST EDITION again. Not just best value: rare collectibles!
No stainless cookware in history has come with this array of multi-generation benefits.
Yes, this is certainly NOT a 'flash-in-the-pan' hipster Kickstarter gadget.....it should be clear from the above world-first features that nöni™ represents a whole new category of high performance cookware: seamless 1-piece stainless.
There are no others, and we hold the patents*.....
However, we can't make history alone, without your funding here on Kickstarter, and without all your generous sharing on social media.
That's why we always say 'we're in this together'!
A major attraction for backers in all our past Kickstarters has been how we stamp every limited edition Kickstarter launch pan with 'FIRST EDITION'.
Every backer of this campaign will receive their 26cm skillets stamped with the rare 'FIRST EDITION' in base, and month/year on handle, as heirloom witness. We can't stamp the Baking Tray and Dariole with 'First Edition', but we will stamp them with the month and year of manufacture as witness of their first batch production.
Please remember: we promise all our Kickstarter campaign backers we only ever make First Edition pans for them alone, and never again after the launch campaign closes. If you don't pledge here, there is no other way to purchase a First Edition pan.
So NOW is the time to secure your rare piece of Australian cookware history!
The special hand-numbered 'Lovers' sets in this campaign will never be offered again, so this rare small batch will become valued heirlooms in the coming years.....and centuries.
Each product in the set of 3 will be engraved with '3 x ❤️ # number from 11-310', like the very popular limited sets in past campaigns. Note that #1 - #10 will be stored away for the Solidteknics museum.
After all the centuries of cookware development, and all the industrial might of the big import brands, is this new Australian cookware really a world-first?!
Yes it certainly is!
Nöni™ is the first cookware to be wrought from one seamless piece of stainless steel. Crafted in Australia (Sydney) from a flat sheet of exotic German 3mm ferritic (non-Nickel) stainless into a high performance seamless 1-piece pan using our newly-patented process.
It has never been done before because it is almost impossible, and not possible with traditional pressing methods. (No, our pans are not pressed!)
After thousands of years of metal cookware (and decades of disposable cookware), this innovative little Australian engineering development company found a way.....and patented it.
One solid wrought piece is far more durable (basically indestructible) and hygienic than traditional riveted/welded/screwed, clad/multi-ply contructions still used by ALL other 'quality' brands of stainless cookware. The best of those regular multi-part jointed pans might last decades, but nöni™ will last centuries. In fact, our warranty is multi-century!
We don't know exactly how long the Solidteknics cookware will last, but it is clear to any mechanical engineer that these 1-piece pans will go on for mulitple centuries. They will be handed down as family heirlooms for many generations, and eliminate a lot of disposable cookware currently going into our landfill.
See Section 2 for more details on our multi-century warranty: how we can offer it, and why!
This is our 15th (fifteenth!) Australian Kickstarter campaign, and we've also had 3 successful campaigns now in the USA, for patented seamless iron and stainless cookware.
Our 2017 launch for the ground-breaking nöni™ 2.5L Saucepan and Skillet-lid was a huge success, followed by the success of our nöni™ 26cm Sauteuse + Skillet-lid, then a BIG campaign for our BIG nöni™ Rondeau pan + Skillet-lid a few months ago.
As a result of our popularity on Kickstarter, our Solidteknics cookware is sold in 100+ stores around Australia and some of the iconic chef stores of the USA, and exported worldwide.
Without all this amazing support for our Kickstarter launches we simply could not have funded the expensive Australian manufacturing, and created a whole new category of seamless wrought cookware.
Feedback from the chefs and home cooking community after cooking on their rare First Edition nöni™ pans has been overwhelmingly positive. Below this is just a very small sample of the many comments and reviews we've seen. All unsponsored, unplanted, independent opinion. Yes, this is just the 'tip of the iceberg' of the support we've seen. Many more reviews all over the web - Google us!
As you can see, after decades of multi-ply old clad stainless, many new nöni™ cooks are shocked that a beautiful Australian-made solid 1-pc stainless pan can conduct heat this well, with cooks now turning their stove settings down by around half.....
- For more independent reviews of all our cookware, see what the chefs and experts say: www.solidteknics.com/testify
- For much more customer feedback, see our 5 star average on Facebook reviews (none planted!), and the many supportive comments on our posts there and on Instagram.
- Join our members-only Solidteknics Cookware Lovers Group on Facebook for the FULL enthusiast community experience, with lots of recipes and advice. Our members often call us the friendliest Group on Facebook!
We're proud, grateful, and humbled by the amazing outpouring of support for our healthy, sustainable, multi-generation cookware vision.
Thank you all!!
Yes.....if it is the right type of stainless!
For nöni™ we scoured the globe for this exotic, and exceptional, German ferritic stainless steel (zero stainless is made in Australia!). This is not the more common Nickel austenitic stainless steel, with a poor reputation for conductivity: this ferritic grade is much more heat conductive. In fact, it is almost twice as conductive as normal austentic stainless.
Not quite as conductive as our wrought iron pans, but it feels very close when you're cooking, and this ferritic stainless sears and browns foods a lot like iron!
Ferritic stainless is magnetic (not magnetised), because it is not an alloy with Nickel. Most stainless pans (and benchtops, forks, spoons, etc), are non-magnetic austenitic stainless, which is a very poor thermal conductor. Check your stainless around the kitchen: if a magnet doesn't stick strongly, it is austenitic, which is great for non-cookware items. With austentic cookware, Nickel leaches into your food, particularly the first few cooking cycles, and even moreso with acidic foods.
See one of the tests below of nöni™ conductivity, in an eye-opening 'boiling race' against another top tri-ply stainless brand.
Chefs can feel how conductive our cookware is versus the old multi-ply cookware, and this video clearly shows it: one solid thick monobloc of the right material is more efficient than multiple layers fighting to overcome the insulation of the final layer of very low conductivity austenitic stainless.
All the top brands in stainless cookware use these multi-ply clad layers of stainless and aluminum (or copper). Why? Because they don't know how to make a solid monobloc pan from one piece of highly conductive ferritic stainless. We hold the patents.
Ferritic stainless is nearly twice as conductive as austenitic stainless, so you can turn your burners down!
The high quality, exceptional performance, and multi-century durability makes nöni™ Satin pans great value, but we wanted to reduce the cost further. That is why all three new models will be finished Raw:
- nöni™ 26cm Skillet is rotary polished inside pan, and raw brushed manufactured surface outside, just like the well-received Raw nöni™ skillets in our last 2 Kickstarter campaigns.
- nöni™ Dariole mould is finished similar to the Skillet.
- nöni™ Baking Sheet is Raw finish all over.
By eliminating the very expensive Satin glass bead finishing on all the outside surfaces, and leaving them in the original brushed sheet finish (with minor manufacturing witness marks), we are able to greatly reduce the final cost.
Outside of this Kickstarter, find our existing iron and stainless cookware in retail stores and online in Australia, UK, and USA: www.solidteknics.com/where-to-buy
For the full customer service experience from the experts, order direct from our own Solid Supporters Stores:
- Australia (all Australian-made) - http://www.solidteknics.com/shop/
- USA (all USA-made) - http://www.solidteknicsusa.com/shop/
The lead times for various batches are listed under each Reward: Lovers numbered series and full set of nöni™ in March, and all others in April.
Please remember, this isn't imported cookware stocked in a warehouse ready for shipping: this is crowdfunding to create and manufacture locally, from scratch, a whole new set of innovations in cookware. It takes a little longer than retail, but our Sydney factory always miraculously delivers our world-firsts as promised!
We launched a whole new cookware industry for Australia when we crowdfunded our first Solidteknics Australian iron cookware here on Kickstarter in September 2014.
In 2107 we launched the world-first, patent-pending nöni™ cookware: the only seamless one-piece stainless steel cookware in the world, and easily the most durable.
Our high performance wrought iron and stainless steel cookware is acclaimed by chefs and experts, selling strongly at retail in Australia, and exported to the USA and UK.
Solidteknics is still the only production cookware made in Australia. Every other brand is imported, and disposable synthetic nonsticks sadly still dominate our retail shelves.....and landfills, with an estimated 1.2 million dumped every year.
We're helping change attitudes to all that waste and damage, and witnessing a growing movement rejecting disposable/toxic cookware, and all kinds of unsustainable habits, for the sake of future generations.
Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages, join the Facebook Solidteknics Cookware Users Group, then please SHARE the news with all your friends: that you’ve found the finest iron and stainless cookware available today, they're made in Australia, and these new heirloom collectible FIRST EDITION nöni™ pans are only available once, by pledging here on Kickstarter before the campaign deadline.
We feel blessed and proud to see so much strong support in the cooking community for our Australian cookware vision. We simply would not have survived, against all the odds (and all the bigger importers of disposable cookware), if not for your faith, your social sharing, and your Kickstarter pledging. You inspire us to keep on pushing through the many barriers.
Together we'll make history, not just the world's finest cookware!
Thank you all, and Happy Cooking!!
Mark, Rebecca, Natasha, Lara, Kara, and the Solidteknics Team
.....unless you want more detail!
All the detail you probably want was presented above in Section 1. However, if this is your first time pledging on Kickstarter, or first experience with Solidteknics, please read on for valuable extra background info on both. If you have any specific questions, please direct message us through Kickstarter, or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
.....our 13 current AUS-ION™ pans, available at good kitchenware stores and online in Australia, USA, and now UK (more countries coming soon!): www.solidteknics.com/where-to-buy
All 100% made in Australia from clean Australian iron, in a world-first patented process for forming complete seamless 1-piece pans (the same patents used for our crafting our nöni™ wrought stainless cookware).
Seasoned raw iron is still the only known natural non-toxic nonstick that is also forever-renewable through simple seasoning. The perfect cookware combination is iron skillets for all high temperature fat/oil-based cooking, and stainless pots for all liquids, acidic sauces, boiling, slow cooking, etc. AUS-ION™ and nöni™ were designed to be combined into one range to cover all cooking situations.
A passion for engineering world-leading chef equipment
Alexx Stuart and Low Tox Life
Unusual (we think we're the first), but true!
Like our seamless wrought iron skillets, we are offering a multi-century warranty for all nöni™ cookware and bakeware. This isn't a marketing gimmick. We're not marketeers.....we're engineers. This is just solid engineering.
Made from one seamless 3mm wrought monobloc of very tough ferritic stainless, this material won't crack like cast iron. There's no synthetic coatings or enamel, and there's no rivets, welds, seams or clad layers to eventually fail.
It would be clear to any experienced engineer that there is far more than one century of life in nöni™ cookware, and quite possibly millenia.....
Note that our warranty only covers normal cooking situations, not abuse, and doesn't cover small stains and rust spots that may be possible in extreme environments.
We want our supporters to buy our cookware only once, and hand them down for multiple generations as treasured heirlooms. That's why we stamp the date of manufacture on every pan. Parents and grandparents are already talking about handing down our Solidteknics cookware, and that's what makes us most proud of all.....making history, not just cookware!
Why choose this particular ferritic stainless material?
Our new stainless pans are called, in full, 'CoSSNoNi', for 'Conductive Seamless Stainless No Nickel' ('nöni' for short!). Our nöni™ pans are formed into shape from one solid sheet of 3mm ferritic non-Nickel stainless steel (only very tiny trace amounts of Nickel: 0.6% maximum), which is nearly twice as conductive as regular Nickel-based stainless steels (eg. '18-10 stainless' means 18% Chromium and 10% Nickel). This makes our ferritic stainless more thermally conductive, and also very compatible with induction, without the need for clad/ply layers.
Because no (zero!) stainless steel sheet is made in Australia, we had to scour the globe for the best stainless to meet our rigorous specifications: more conductive than regular so we didn't need clad layers for fast and even heating, no nickel for magnetism (induction compatibility), and free of heavy metals (for health), and it had to be formable into our saucepan shapes with our new patent-pending method. Not easy, but now the results speak for themselves!
Here's another independent conductivity trial of nöni™ alongside a top shelf, US-made, big brand tri-ply pan:
Certainly not inexpensive, but an investment in 'paying it forward' for future generations. Manufacturing in Australia is expensive, particularly with this world-first (and difficult) patented method, to this high quality level, with a lot of artisanal hand finishing, in this exotic German ferritic stainless.....
Please note that we have set our prices for the new nöni™ First Edition pans artificially low (unsustainable at retail) for backers of this campaign. Prices will be much higher when they eventually reach retail.
We hope you will agree that nöni™ is still great value, as an investment in a lifetime of solid cooking love, and an heirloom to pass down for many generations.
A Kickstarter launch of any new innovation is not online retail: that isn't the purpose of the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. Remember also we're creating something new and revolutionary in this industry, from scratch, as Australia's only production cookware manufacturer. Unlike the online retailers, we don't have a warehouse full of imported generic finished products ready to ship.
New to crowdfunding?
Please first visit: https://help.kickstarter.com/hc/en-us/categories/115000499013-Kickstarter-basics .
We hope you'll understand and support our vision while we make history, not just the world's finest cookware!
Horses for courses.....
We still prefer the natural nonstick of seasoned iron for high temp frying, grilling, etc, but.....
Skillets in stainless are also easier to maintain, and faster to clean if you're in a hurry. Tradeoff: they'll never be as nonstick as seasoned iron!
Still have questions?
If you have any concerns about anything in this campaign, please contact us first via Kickstarter direct message or email email@example.com .
Please do not run first to social media with a public post before you understand the background. If you knew us you would know we have solid integrity, and we are dedicated to making all our supporters happy. We always give, and expect, mutual respect.
*Patent and Trademark notice:
'Solidteknics', 'AUS-ION' and 'nöni' are trademarks of Solidteknics Pty Ltd and reserved for our exclusive use in cookware worldwide.
Various innovations in Solidteknics products or product features are protected under utility patents pending. Please do not copy any of our intellectual property.
To be clear: DO NOT COPY SOLIDTEKNICS cookware.
The key utility features are protected in all our markets of interest. We defend our hard-earned innovations vigorously.
Risks and challenges
After a long and intensive development period, 14 (forteen!) successful Kickstarter campaigns in Australia, three in the USA, overwhelmingly positive feedback from top chefs, strong retail sales and exports, and many production runs, SOLIDteknics is rapidly becoming established as a major chef equipment brand.
Though undeniably very hard work to launch manufacturing in Australia and the USA, on the scale of products and businesses I’ve launched this is certainly at the low risk end. After decades in the chef equipment industry and a long R&D process, I’m very confident the product is the best it can be - in fact, the best in the world - for all the reasons presented in the project detail.
If our backers allow us reach our target in time, the funds will be quickly applied to the tooling and production costs and we will ship on time (barring 'acts of God'!), as promised. We have a long and proven track record of keeping our promises, and fixing any unexpected issues quickly and thoroughly, with mutual respect.
Apart from all the engineering experience, it is our amazing strong base of passionate supporters who really ensures our success with each campaign (then ongoing retail and export success). We couldn't do it without YOU, and we are very grateful for all your support. Thank you all!
Mark J. Henry
Founder and development engineer
SOLIDteknics Pty Ltd