Frequently Asked Questions
The 23cm skillet/lid is also made from exotic the same small batch ferritic (non-nickel) German stainless steel, as our saucepan, and same solid (non clad) 3mm thick. This lid is a high performance flat skillet in its own right.Last updated:
Cast iron or wrought iron is always best for oil-based frying, grilling, etc, with its naturally non-toxic nonstick (when well seasoned). In fact, this is the only known non-toxic and forever-renewable nonstick. Australians now make the world's best iron pans: www.solidteknics.com/ion
The problem is that acidic sauces, boiling liquids, slow cooking, etc, all erode seasoning. It's possible, but it's high maintenance. You can use enamel, but it doesn't last forever (maybe decades, not centuries), and cheap ones have questionable coatings. Stainless steel is ideal, though regular austenitic stainless steel is a poor conductor and has a high nickel content (questionable for leaching into food). Our ferritic stainless is nickel-free, and wrought in one solid piece. We can't think of a better material for cooking those liquids!
Every kitchen ideally needs a combination of seasoned iron and stainless steel, to cover all cooking situations. If you invest in our seamless indestructible Australian pans, you're covered for life, and many future generations will be cooking in your heirloom pans.
Imagine now that those heirlooms are stamped with the date, and 'First Edition'.....priceless!Last updated:
Yes, nöni™ is undeniably 'premium' cookware. Some things to consider when weighing the value of your pledge:
• Costs are what they are: nöni™ is made from premium small batch German ferritic stainless steel, and manufactured with a difficult new patented method in Australia, with a lot of artisinal finishing at very high labour cost.
• At this point the only way we could reduce the price further is to move production to Asia like most other brands. We will NOT be doing that.
• Prices are likely to be much higher when nöni™ eventually reaches retail, particularly overseas. There will be retail margins, plus importer margins for overseas retail sales. These Kickstarter prices are probably the lowest nöni™ will ever be.
• While nöni™ is price competitive with other high quality European/American brands, it is clear our performance benefits and multi-century durability is not matched by any other brand. We believe, for all the good reasons detailed in our Kickstarter campaign, nöni™ is now the world's finest stainless cookware.
Competition price examples. If you haven't shopped for high quality cookware for a while, you might be surprised. It's easy to Google, but here's some perspective with other retail prices for quality cookware in Australia: A major USA brand, 5-ply 2.8L, with thin stamped lid, retails for $400 (on sale at a discounter for $258). A Belgian saucepan, 3L in 7 ply stainless (with a warning 'use on low to medium heat only') sells on a discount web retailer for $298. A famous French cast iron brand making their 18cm 3 ply stainless saucepans in China retails for $290. An old French brand, still made in France, 20cm 5ply stainless, at an online discounter for $360. A big USA brand, 18cm in anodised aluminium, also made in China, retails for $200. A Danish brand, 18cm/1.5L, synthetic nonstick coated aluminium, retails for $290. There's a lot of cooks paying too much for brand, and not enough for performance and durability! Of course there's also plenty of lower cost single ply stainless with sandwich core bottom, or stamped aluminum with Teflon coatings, but they are not in our league, and if you think they're okay, there's no need to consider ours.
Pay it forward!
Making just one investment in each necessary piece of cookware over your whole lifetime works out to be the best value of all, compared with lots of disposal, repurchase.....and landfill. And even better value for coming generations who won't need to buy cookware: they'll be using your Solidteknics family heirlooms!Last updated:
Remember, Kickstarter wasn't set up to be an online retail store, but a place to back creative projects. One of the quirks is that you don't see shipping costs until after you select your reward and destination. If this is your first time on Kickstarter, please see www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter+basics
This is our 10th campaign, and you can trust we know our shipping costs, after many thousands of pledges and shipments to happy backers. Like the millions of other Kickstarter campaign rewards shipped over the years, we ship all over the world, and shipping charges vary wildly.
We use the Aust Post standard air to calculate overseas rates (plus $10 for handling), and for Aust we charge a flat $19 per product (because
Kickstarter doesn't allow us to charge by postcode: just one rate per country). We actually lose a lot of money when we ship outside of the cities, and make a little when we ship inside cities, and it all balances out to almost exactly zero by the end of the campaign.Last updated:
Yes, it's true that our lead times are longer for this campaign than our previous 9 campaigns, and we sincerely wished we had a better solution for you, our highly valued community of supporters.
So we're really stuck with the long production and shipping times with this special German material, and this is the best we can do for this Kickstarter for one simple and frustrating reason: no (zero) stainless steel is made in Australia(!), and the very best ferritic stainless for our new method of making cookware comes from Germany. We just couldn't compromise on quality of stainless and accept cheaper/faster sources.
Also, lead time will be closer to 'normal' for future nöni™ campaigns, because we will have forecasted and ordered lots of the material, based on the demand we see in this Kickstarter, and demand from retailers around the world. So, please excuse our long lead time, this time around, and pledge here so you can secure one of the rare First Edition nöni™ pans from their first history-making production run!Last updated:
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