Solidteknics relaunch: AUS-ION wrought iron skillets go RAW!
BELOVED Australian pans now in RAW finish = even better value. Super smooth & ready to build your own seasoning. New First RAW Edition!
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, October 6 2018 7:21 AM UTC +00:00.
These are (almost) the same patented wrought AUS-ION™ pans that quickly became a #1 hit with Australian cooks when we launched them in 2015. Now we need your help relaunching them in super smooth RAW surface finish!
We originally launched our AUS-ION™ pans in smooth pre-seasoned surface finish, and they were an immediate success. A year later we re-introduced them with an expensive Satin surface finish with pre-seasoning, and they just kept growing in popularity. The Satin finish made seasoning easier for all the cooks who were new to real iron pans in Australia (the rough surface grips seasoning better when the pan is new, making them easier for inexperienced seasoners). Now we believe Aussie cooks are ready to move on and go Raw!
Eliminating the expensive Satin finishing and seasoning operations significantly lowers cost, and we hope this helps many more new cooks afford our healthy and sustainable multi-generation cookware. We also hope our current supporters can more affordably give the gift of heirloom wrought iron to the cooks they love.
After the overwhelming popularity of our Chicago-made Raw US-ION™ pans in their USA launch ( https://kck.st/2LGW989 ), we wanted to pass on the same value to the cooks of Australia by offering our Australian-made pans in the same Raw finish as our USA pans: just raw wrought iron, protected from rust with a non-toxic natural beeswax.....ready for seasoning!
We will continue selling Satin AUS-ION™ to retailers in Australia, but Raw AUS-ION™ will only be available direct from Solidteknics (for at least another year), to ensure we keep costs as low as possible for our supporters. We also want our supporters to have direct access to the Solidteknics Team for product advice. Our customer service is legendary!
Everyone who pledges in this campaign will receive limited edition pans engraved with 'FIRST RAW EDITION', and the date of manufacture.
For recording each generation of caretakers* of your multi-century pans, we've added 'HEIRLOOM LINE:', so you can engrave your name and year, then a short arrow to the new caretaker's name and year, and so on down through the generations to show its heritage. Imagine the pans you've pledged for in 2018 becoming treasured family heirlooms in hundreds of years' time.....perhaps millenia?!
And, if the seasoning is well maintained, their ancient Aussie wrought iron pans will still be cooking like new.....and will still be nonstick. The ultimate in healthy, durable, sustainable, heirloom cooking!
Remember: we only ever issue First Edition pans for backers of our Kickstarter launch campaigns, and never again. They become regular retail edition in future production runs.
* We like to think of ourselves as simply caretakers for the many coming generations of cooks, not 'owners' of something that will outlive us many times over. That's our spirit of legacy, and it can be applied to anything durable.
Solidteknics AUS-ION™ Raw iron pans enable a non-toxic natural nonstick surface that you build and maintain yourself over time. Cook with fats and oils, wash carefully, and your natural nonstick will keep renewing for many lifetimes.
Don't worry: our seasoning is not some new marketing gimmick! Our wrought iron seasons exactly like cast iron (or carbon steel skillets, or woks) have for hundreds of years: build your seasoning following our instructions in Section 2 below, or use your own seasoning ritual.
This is a natural nonstick that is non-toxic, and never wears out, and it is a great source of pride for Solidteknics iron pan owners: building their own healthy and sustainable nonstick!
Remember: we're always here to help you one-on-one with any of your seasoning difficulties. We also have a Facebook Group of 3,700 friendly members who are always keen to help anyone new to cooking on Solidteknics iron: www.facebook.com/groups/solidteknicsusers/
We're mechanical engineers, and we know the engineering behind all the other cookware brands/styles. We're quite sure our pans are the toughest.
How tough? Wrought from a single sheet of Australian iron into one seamless, indestructible piece. This malleable wrought iron won't crack like cast iron can.
No rivets, welds, screws, or wobbly handles. No synthetic coatings. No toxins. No (feasible) heat limits. No clad/ply layers. No worries.
So durable, all AUS-ION™ pans come with a multi-century warranty.
Even super hot woodfired ovens can't hurt our solid 1-piece Aussie wrought iron pans!
Why do Chefs and experts love AUS-ION™ wrought iron pans so much?
The experts all love the way our Aussie wrought iron seasons and cooks the same as cast iron, but weighs half. Also the fast and even heating from our highly conductive wrought iron. Rivetless easy cleaning, and never wobbly handles. Forever-renewable natural non-toxic nonstick.
An unbeatable set of performance features, for pro chefs, home cooks, outdoor camp cooks and pit masters!
The following reviews are independent and unsponsored. These quotes show real love for our Sydney-made wrought iron seamless pans:
(Note that we never 'plant' reviews. All are written by unsponsored chefs, food media, experts, and home cooks who understand the significance of this revolution in seamless, healthy, sustainable, multi-generation wrought 1-piece cookware.)
Now - October 4: Refine our wax coating line to ensure everything is perfect and ready for serious Kickstarter production. Spread the word as wide and fast as possible with the help of our network of VIP chef, bbq, camp, and food industry supporters, and the many thousands of happy home cooks who love their new Raw AUS-ION™ cookware. Hopefully inspire lots of social sharing of the Aussie iron love!
After October 4: campaign closed and First Raw Edition AUS-ION™ pans never available again (available in 2019 as standard retail Raw edition direct from Solidteknics web store, only).
December 2018: Shipping of backer rewards commences, and all deliveries expected by December 25! Social media and food industry buzzing as the first Raw Rewards are delivered, and new owners cook with them and post their reviews online.
Forever: Humbled and grateful for all our supporters who helped pioneer this new world-leading, healthy, and sustainable Australian cookware industry.
We launched a whole new innovative cookware industry for Australia when we successfully crowdfunded our first AUS-ION™ wrought iron cookware campaign here on Kickstarter in 2015.
This is now our 14th (fourteenth!) Australian launch campaign. Last year we launched world-first nöni™ wrought stainless steel cookware. Now Solidteknics is acclaimed by chefs and experts, selling strongly at retail in Australia, exported to the USA, and UK.
Patent pending AUS-ION™ is the only seamless one-piece wrought iron/steel production cookware in the world. Solidteknics' is the only production cookware made in Australia. Every other brand is imported. Most are synthetic-coated, disposable, and now in our landfill...and bloodstreams...
Please tell all your friends that you’ve found the finest iron cookware available today, they're healthy and sustainable, 100% made in Australia, and these new heirloom collectible FIRST RAW EDITION AUS-ION™ pans are only available by pledging here on Kickstarter before the campaign deadline. And they will be delivered in time for Christmas!!
Please share and spread the good Aussie iron news on social media to help us make history, not just just the world's best cookware!
Thank you and Happy Cooking!!
Mark, Rebecca, Natasha, Lara, Kara, and the Solidteknics Team
If you don't know our Solid history: a background summary
Read our vision statement and 'About' (which comes from the heart, not the PR dept). Health, sustainability, and leaving a legacy are more important to us than the commerce: www.solidteknics.com
See our first two USA Kickstarters, and our 13 (thirteen!) successful Solidteknics Australia Kickstarter launches (with a significant % shipping to USA cooks): http://kck.st/2pmr7sP
Check out our Facebook reviews (5/5 avg. from 145 reviews!): www.facebook.com/pg/solidteknics/reviews/
Read more examples of independent reviews by chefs and experts (none planted/sponsored): www.solidteknics.com/testify
Just one example of how popular our wrought iron pans are in Australia: a post with 2,000+ likes and 2,500+ sweet comments! : https://bit.ly/2LBKHKX
Join our Facebook Solidteknics Users members-only group: a big, supportive, international tribe of our cookware supporters, sharing their experiences: www.facebook.com/groups/solidteknicsusers/
Check out our main business in Australia, which now covers traditional wholesale to retail and export, after proving our products (and our Team integrity), and building a solid following on Kickstarter and social media: http://www.solidteknics.com/where-to-buy/
In composition, our iron is very similar to traditional cast iron pans, but our AUS-ION™ design is formed from a single flat wrought sheet of iron, and not by the old method of casting molten iron into a sand mold. Our very pure wrought iron is a better conductor of heat, providing faster and more even heat distribution.
Our wrought iron is about half the thickness and therefore half the weight of cast iron, so it's far easier to handle as a daily 'workhorse' skillet. If you're struggling with the weight of your cast iron but want to keep all the seasoning and cooking benefits, you need our half-weight wrought iron!
Wrought iron is also tougher and will never crack from impact or thermal shock like cast iron can (we show impact cracking in our video because more cast iron pans are lost in accidental kitchen tumbles than some people think, and it's a tragedy when old family heirlooms shatter on the floor). Being wrought in one piece of very tough material, our pans will clearly last centuries!
Our long ergonomic handles are designed for cool comfort. Based on simple thermodynamics, we added ventilation gaps to our long, easy-to-hold handle so the heat from the pan won't transfer to your hand (unlike thick, short cast iron handles). We've also included a pouring rim around the entire pan to avoid messy drips down the pan sides. No need for pouring spouts!
There has been a huge shift among cooks to healthier and more sustainable cookware in recent years, due to the very real concerns about toxic, disposable, synthetic-coated nonstick pans.
In the last 10 years many cooks rediscovered the advantages of traditional old cast iron skillets. Many are now tired of their disadvantages, including heavy weight and slow heating (and occasional cracking).
Made from clean, heavy metal-free Australian iron, you can cook on our healthy pans with confidence, for the many generations they will endure. Pair that non-toxic iron with natural non-toxic seasoning that you maintain yourself, indefinitely, and you have the most durable and sustainable pans we know.
How did we get here?
Thanks to extensive research and development in Australia, the securing of several patents, and receiving lots of love from cooks worldwide along the way, we have now also taken our manufacturing to the USA, so we can manufacture locally for our big base of American supporters. We have launched on Kickstarter 13 successful Australian campaigns (and enjoyed great retail and export success) for our innovative, patented, chef-acclaimed, Australian-made Solidteknics cookware.
What comes next?
We hope to build a revolution in seamless conductive cookware in the US, just like we did in Australia, and leave a legacy of healthy sustainable cookware for future generations. This is our vision.
To make that dream a reality, we need your real support.
Unusual (we think we're the first), but true: we are offering a multi-century warranty for all our indestructible, 1-piece wrought cookware, including AUS-ION™.
This is not a marketing gimmick. We're not marketeers, we're engineers.....and this is solid engineering.
Made from one seamless 3mm wrought monobloc of very tough wrought iron, this material won't crack like cast iron. There are no synthetic coatings or enamel, and 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 AUS-ION™ cookware, and quite possibly millenia.....
Our multi-century warranty applies whether used in the home, restaurant, or campfire...US-ION™ is basically indestructible!
Sustainability and legacy through multi-century durability
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. We are immensely proud of the acclaim for our products, and all our sales success, but our greatest source of pride is the parents and grandparents already planning to hand down our pans as family heirloom history....
The smooth AUS-ION Raw surface: Raw wrought iron!
In Australia we switched from a smooth surface to a shot-peened surface in 2015, but our US importer has been selling both: the orginal smooth Aussie pans have remained more popular with USA cooks. It's also a lot less expensive to produce, so we're continuing with smooth for our Chicago-made wrought iron pans.
Just like those USA pans, in Australia we're shipping AUS-ION Raw with no shot peening or seasoning, just coated in natural beeswax to protect from rust in transit.
Note: French steel chef pans have long used beeswax to protect from rust. It's natural and non-toxic. We'll leave the seasoning for you to use your favorite method (like any cast iron or steel pan), or follow our instructions below.
Proudly build your own natural seasoned non-toxic nonstick!
AUS-ION pans are ready to start seasoning yourself in the normal way: the same as any bare cast iron pan, French steel pan, or carbon steel wok, if you have experience seasoning those.
Our AUS-ION pans come coated in a special blend of natural beeswax (totally healthy and non-toxic), so you can warm the pan and wipe it down with a paper towel, then go ahead and season in any of the normal ways. The remaining thin coating is a good foundation for seasoning! Or, you can strip our coating and start again with your own seasoning oil/method.
If you don't know how to build your own seasoning, see our intro video below for 'best practice', and our instructions here www.solidteknics.com/ironcare or the many different seasoning guides all over the internet.
Note that our video method is extreme 'best practise' for our pans, and not compulsory. For example, scuffing all over makes a much more even result on smooth pans (anchors seasoning better), and 3 oven seasons make a more rust-resistant pan all over. If you have the patience, you will be rewarded with beautiful seasoning more quickly. If not, you will still get there with any seasoning method!
Certainly not as cheap as the cheapest flimsy imports, but competitive with other top brands in price, and far superior in durability and performance. An investment in 'paying it forward' for future generations!
Please note that we have set our prices for the new AUS-ION™ Raw First Edition pans artificially low (unsustainable at retail) for backers of this launch campaign. Prices will be higher when we sell them direct after Kickstarter, and much higher again if we release them to retailers.
We hope you will agree that AUS-ION™ is still great value, as an investment in a lifetime of solid cooking love, and an heirloom to pass down for many generations.
New to Kickstarter crowdfunding?
To understand the crowdfunding-for-rewards concept (not shareholding, and very different to online retail), please first visit: www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics
We hope you will understand and support our vision while we make history, not just the world's finest cookware!
A passion for engineering world-leading chef equipment
More background history:
A passion for sustainable business:
Why does Solidteknics seem different to the average business?
Some clues are in this video.....
A passion for good food:
Horses for courses.....
We still prefer the natural nonstick of seasoned iron for high temp oil/fat-based frying, grilling, etc, but.....
Skillets in stainless are also easier to maintain, and faster to clean if you're in a hurry.
Trade-off: they'll never be as nonstick as seasoned iron, so every kitchen needs both kinds Pictured above are our nöni seamless ferritic stainless pans, made in the same way (same patents) as our AUS-ION wrought iron. These nöni pans are not available in this Kickstarter (except for free!), but all are on our Solid web store: http://www.solidteknics.com/shop/
More Solid support from the experts
A track record of successful campaigns...
...reliable shipping, and thousands of happy first-edition backers!
Sure, we got the engineering right, but without so many strong supporters we would still only be 'dreamers with prototypes'!
Could I just wait until they come to retail?
Don't miss this first/last opportunity: If you particularly like the look of these new AUS-ION Raw pans, we recommend pledging for them now, while they are historic engraved FIRST RAW EDITION, and while they are much lower in price than the eventual retails. We also won't be launching our Raw pans to retailers until at least 2019, if ever, because we want to keep prices down, and maintain our excellent customer service direct with our supporters.
Still have questions?
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, not just decades of experience in mechanical engineering development for chefs, and we are dedicated to making all our supporters happy.
We always give, and expect, mutual respect.
So, please, email us first and we will help! email@example.com
You have witnessed the birth of an innovative new era in Raw Australian iron cookware, now follow the growth:
*Patent and Trademark notice:
'Solidteknics', 'US-ION', 'AUS-ION', and 'nöni' are trademarks of Solidteknics Pty Ltd, and reserved for our exclusive use with cookware worldwide.
Various innovations in Solidteknics products or product features are protected under utility patents, published and 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. See all details in list down right side column of this campaign.
Risks and challenges
After a long and intensive development period, 13 (twelve!) 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 a whole new range of Australian-made products into a competitive market, 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, and Solidteknics USA, Inc.