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. Made in Australia (Sydney) from a flat sheet of highly conductive German 3mm wrought ferritic (non-Nickel) stainless into a high performance seamless 1-piece pan, using a newly-patented process.
One solid piece is far more durable (basically indestructible) than traditional riveted/welded/screwed, clad/multi-ply contructions.....the methods still used by ALL other brands of stainless cookware. The best of those regular multi-part jointed pans might last decades, but 1-piece nöni™ will last centuries.....
It has never been done before because it is almost impossible, and not possible with traditional pressing methods. After thousands of years of metal cookware (and decades of disposable cookware), this innovative little Australian engineering development company found a way.....
Did it work?
Our 2017 launch for the nöni™ 2.5L Saucepan and 23cm Skillet-lid was a great success (see www.kickstarter.com/projects/400294490/solidteknics-noni-seamless-stainless-saucepan-skil ), and feedback from the chefs and home cooking community has been overwhelming.
This is our 12th Kickstarter campaign, and we hope you will help make it as successful as our past 11! (10 launches for innovative iron pans, 1 for nöni stainless). We're proud, grateful, and humbled by the amazing outpouring of support for our healthy, sustainable, multi-generation cookware vision. THANK YOU ALL!!
Three new nöni models!
In this campaign we're launching a super versatile nöni™ Satin 26cm Sauteuse with matching 26cm Skillet-lid, and a workhorse 'Try Me' nöni™ Raw 17cm skillet.
Some small holes will be stamped instead of cut out, and the main handle cutouts of the 17cm Skillet will be the same as the 26cm Sauteuse, with 7 point star for hanging.
Our nöni™ surface finishes
Same Satin finish:
Just like our original nöni™ 2.5L Saucepan and Skillet-lid, the 26cm Sauteuse and 26cm Skillet-lid offered in this campaign will both be finished 'Satin' (rotary polished inside pan, glass bead blast satin matte surface outside).
This is a beautiful and luxurious finish, but extremely expensive to produce in Australia, and a major contributor to the final premium product cost.
New 'Raw' finish:
The high quality, exceptional performance, and multi-century durable still make nöni™ Satin pans great value, but we wanted to produce at least one lower cost pan, with a lower risk 'Try Me' price, for all those who haven't yet experienced our innovative cookware. That is why our 17cm Skillet will be finished Raw (rotary polished inside pan, raw brushed manufactured surface outside).
By eliminating the expensive glass bead finishing on all the outside surfaces, and leaving them in the original raw brushed sheet finish (with minor manufacturing witness marks), we are able to greatly reduce the cost of this skillet, so the maximum number of new cooks to Solidteknics will have the chance to afford and try nöni™.
The original sheet's brushed finish is indeed beautiful, as you can see below, but if you want perfection in surface finish, please don't pledge for this pan: nothing major, but there will be some small die 'witness' marks and minor scuffing from handling during manufacturing stages. We think they are still exceptionally beautiful in this Raw state. The proof is in the cooking, and we know you'll love everything about this mighty little 17cm Skillet!
What do each of these 3 new pans excel at?
- 26cm nöni Sauteuse: A 'bombed' Lyonnaise style sauteuse, perfect for braising and slow cooking, particlarly acidic sauces, stews, curries, etc, that are too harsh for seasoned iron.
- 26cm nöni Skillet-lid: A lid for the Sauteuse with long handle for easy lifting, and also a high-performance flat skillet/griddle in its own right. Use for anything that you'd use a regular skillet for, except liquids that need walls.
- 17cm nöni Skillet: The boss's favourite fast breakfast scrambled egg and frittata pan! When he's in a hurry and doesn't want to maintain his iron pan seasoning (it happens!), he'll reach for the stainless. Also perfect for small acidic meal components and sauces.
Rewarding backers of our Solid vision:
Please note that the Reward prices here will never be matched again (retail will be higher, particularly overseas), and these new nöni™ pans will never be stamped FIRST EDITION again after this campaign. These are two ways of rewarding the faith of backers who pledge for our vital Kickstarter launches, instead of waiting for retail. Another way is free pans!
We are also offering great value set combinations of nöni™ with our wrought iron AUS-ION™ pans + bonus FREE pans!
Note that all AUS-ION™ pans are our premium Satin edition, but not stamped 'First Edition' (these pans were already launched on Kickstarter, and are now at retail).
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 after the campaign.
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.
See FAQs at bottom for much more detail on Australian manufacturing cost reality and our prices vs. the mass-produced import competition.
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: www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics .
We hope you'll understand and support our vision while we make history, not just the world's finest cookware!
Are we witnessing a revolution in cookware?
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!
Limited First Edition, only on Kickstarter!
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.
Imagine your descendants in awe of their rare First Edition nöni™ pans, with date stamp witnessing the long history of their family heirlooms .....
So NOW is the time to secure your rare piece of Australian, and world, cookware history!
Multi-function skillet-lid innovation
You've never seen a LID cook like this:
Our exceptional conductive solid ferritic stainless steel
Can solid stainless be really conductive?
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: 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 close when you're cooking!
Non-Nickel ferritic stainless = magnetic = induction compatible!
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. In austentic cookware, Nickel leaches into your food, particulularly the first few cooking cycles, and with acidic foods.
Video heat conductivity trial:
See the experiment below of nöni™ 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.
Ferritic stainless is nearly twice as conductive as austenitic stainless, so you can turn your burners down!
See Section 2 for more nöni™ material tech detail.
The voice of experience
Forever grateful for all the love from supporters!
Solid reviews from solid experts:
For more samples of unsponsored, unscripted, 'unplanted' reviews from top chefs and experienced home cooks, see www.solidteknics.com/testify
Groundswell of support:
Retail and export success, not just Kickstarter launches
Where to buy? Outside of this Kickstarter, find our existing cookware in retail stores and online in Australia, UK, and USA: www.solidteknics.com/where-to-buy
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), if not for your faith, your social sharing, and your Kickstarter pledging. You inspire us to keep on pushing through the many barriers. Bless you all!
The First Edition nöni™ timeline
The lead times for various batches are listed for each Reward (column on right). The main batches will be shipped out in May, while the LOVERS numbered series of First Editions will be shipped in April.
We launched a whole new cookware industry for Australia when we crowdfunded our first AUSfonte™ cast iron cookware here on Kickstarter in 4 campaigns from Sept 2014, then AUS-ION™ wrought iron pans in 6 campaigns from Sept 2015, and our first two nöni™ pans in December 2017.
Our 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.
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.
Our patent-pending nöni™ is the only seamless one-piece stainless steel production cookware in the world, and easily the most durable.
Follow our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, 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.
Together we'll make history, not just the world's finest cookware!
Thank you 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 email@example.com
.....our 11 current AUS-ION pans, available at good kitchenware stores and online in Australia, USA, and now UK (more countries coming soon!), and in two of our big combinations Reward sets here, with FREE pans.
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.
One investment for life.....and heirlooms for many future generations!
A passion for engineering world-leading chef equipment
Unusual (we think we're the first), but true!
Like our seamless wrought iron skillets, we are offering a multi-century warranty for nöni™. This isn't a marketing gimmick. We're not marketeers.....we're engineers. This is 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 haven't seen rust on nöni™ in all our trials (and long-term kitchen use, including dishwashers), except for long duration salt spray tests: way harsher than real kitchen life. In the unlikely event you did develop a small rust spot, don't worry: it will polish off and the pan won't be harmed. In general, don't leave the pan in wet/caustic/acidic environments.
Simple care would suffice, like wash and dry, or at least open the dishwasher door after a cycle. Don't leave in seawater, or in contact with wet dissimilar metals (like austenitic stainless sink top). We won't replace a pan, with all the waste involved, for a small, easily-fixed blemish or surface discoloration caused by lack of care.
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 like this about our wrought iron pans, 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 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, 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!
nöni™ cookware weights and key dimensions:
Similar weights to other high-quality cookware:
- 26cm Sauteuse: 2L capacity, 1.94kg, 5cm deep, 58cm long overall.
- 26cm Skillet-lid: 1.73kg, 1cm deep, 49cm long overall.
- 17cm Skillet: 0.84kg, 3cm deep, 43cm long overall.
- 2.5L Saucepan: 1.25kg, 9cm deep, 50.5cm long overall.
- 23cm Skillet-lid: 1.14kg, 1cm deep, 40cm long overall.
Horses for courses.....
We still prefer the natural nonstick of seasoned iron for high temp frying, grilling, etc, but.....
A track record of successful campaigns, reliable shipping, and thousands of happy First Edition backers!
We don't say this to be boastful, but to show the depth of support we've so rapidly built in the cooking community for new innovation in iron and stainless pans. The Kickstarter funding success certainly has been important for turning our dream for a new world-leading Australian cookware industry into a reality. However, it was our supporters sharing the love on social media that really made Solidteknics successful at retail in Australia, in export to the USA, and now to UK.
Sure, we got the engineering right, but without so many strong supporters we would still only be 'dreamers with prototypes'!
Still have questions?
If you have any concerns about anything in this campaign, please contact us first via Kickstarter direct message or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
Compulsory Kickstarter 'risks' section:
Risks and challenges
After a long and intensive development period, 11 (eleven!) successful Kickstarter campaigns, 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, 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
- (33 days)