The Solidteknics iron pan is crafted with American iron, is impossible to break, and cooks and seasons like cast iron. Best of all, it is much lighter in weight and simply easier to use.
Chefs have told us for decades that they still wanted iron pans for their superior cooking, and for seasoning to achieve that famous renewable non-toxic nonstick.....but they did not want the weight. Or, they wanted French steel pans, but thicker and tougher, and without the rivets that are hard to clean and turn all gunky, and eventually get wobbly.
For US-ION™ we took inspiration from French carbon steel pans — for centuries a chef's favorite — and made ours even better by eliminating the rivets and using thicker more conductive iron. We discovered and patented an innovative new way to form a pan body and handle as a single solid monobloc, removing all welds, screws, and the dreaded rivets (the bane of every chef's existence). This seamless wrought construction makes our pans easy to clean, and basically indestructible (you can say goodbye to those jiggly handles).
US-ION™ is nothing like common thin pressed carbon steel pans. At solid 1/8" (3mm) iron, our thicker pans won't warp under high heat like thin carbon steel pans, which means you can safely cook with any heat source, from induction to roaring campfire. Our warranty is multi-century (!) because our pans are basically indestructible, being made from one solid piece of malleable wrought iron (which will never crack, like cast iron can).
Our wrought iron is more conductive than carbon steel, cast iron, and stainless steel, so our pans heat quickly, and foods cook evenly and consistently, every time. There's plenty of thermal mass too. The biggest steaks will not cool down our 1/8" thick, highly conductive iron mass: they sear just like heavier cast iron, but without the wasted weight!
Old-timers, you thought American-made 'wrought iron' was extinct?! It is.....in the nostalgic old puddled and hand-wrought form. That's not the engineering definition though. Yes, this is real iron, and it's machine wrought (worked into final seamless pan shape from flat), so it is indeed 'wrought iron'. Just modernized, optimized, revolutionized for a new era in cookware. Time for a new definition!
Yes, plus or minus, depending on brand.
- Solidteknics 12" wrought iron skillet = 4.2lbs
- Biggest-selling traditional 12" cast iron skillet = 8lbs
Note: Some cast iron brands are even heavier. Some new 'hipster' machined thin cast iron is a bit less than 2x our weight, but be careful not to drop them onto a hard floor! Cast iron is more fragile than you think, under thermal or impact shock. Thinner is more fragile.
Made in Chicago, USA
We stand by our products for your lifetime, and for the lifetimes of your descendants. We know our US-ION™ skillets will become one of your favorite kitchen tools, to be passed on to future generations along with your best-loved family recipes.
Why manufacture in the US? We've brought our patented Australian design to America to be closer to our growing community of solid supporters, and created a sustainable model to support manufacturing in Chicago. We are making the same innovative seamless one-piece wrought iron and stainless cookware as Australia, but with 100% American-made materials.
Off to a SOLID start: thank you cooks of America!
This is our 3rd Kickstarter in the USA for Solidteknics cookware, after two very successful launch campaigns earlier this year: one for our nöni ferritic stainless steel pans,
and one for 7.5" and 10" US-ION wrought iron pans...
This 3rd launch campaign will be our first ever production run for 12" US-ION skillets.
Solidteknics US-ION™ pans offer a non-toxic nonstick surface that you build and maintain yourself over time. Cook with fats and oils, wash carefully, and our pans will keep renewing for many lifetimes. Our wrought iron seasons exactly like cast iron (or carbon steel skillets and woks): build your seasoning following instructions in Section 2 below, or discover your own seasoning ritual.
See details of all US-ION™ Reward offers listed in right column (on desktop), or in 'menu' on mobile.
These introductory 'Try Me' prices are too low to be sustainable, and are expected to be inevitably higher eventually at retail. (Like any product, actual retailer pricing is beyond our control, however prices are likely to move up quickly due to the high margin expectations of some retailers.)
So as many cooks as possible can experience the delights of our wrought iron, and make the switch from heavy cast iron and disposable synthetic nonstick. If you're not sure about our wrought iron, or us, take a low-risk trial of our 7.5" Skillet. After all, 'the proof is in the cooking'!
The following reviews are independent and unsponsored. These quotes show real love for our wrought iron seamless pans made in Sydney to the same design as our Chicago 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 cookware.)
All our Kickstarter launches have included a "First Edition" stamp on the bottom of each pan. These limited and exclusive pans will only be offered on Kickstarter, and will also include the month/year of manufacture. Welcome to your new family heirloom!
Be part of the revolution! Now is the time to secure your rare piece of heirloom first-batch US cookware history, before it goes 'mainstream'.
Solidteknics cookware is already acclaimed by chefs and experts, as well as health- and sustainability-conscious home cooks around the world. Our new USA cookware is bringing local production to our rapidly growing US support base.
But it's a long road. Disposable synthetic non-sticks still dominate the retail shelves...and landfills. We're driving a growing grassroots movement that rejects disposable and toxic cookware, and changing attitudes. For the sake of future generations, we will continue to push for a reversal in unsustainable consumer habits worldwide.
Leave the engineering to us, we've got it covered, but we need YOU to support our vision!
Follow our USA Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, subscribe to our Solid Supporters Newsletter, and join the wonderful community on the Facebook Solidteknics Cookware Lovers Group. Share the news about the finest iron cookware available today with your friends and followers.
Tell them they're now made in the US, and that these new heirloom, collectible FIRST EDITION US-ION™ pans are only available this once, by pledging here on Kickstarter before the campaign deadline.
Together we'll make history, not just the world's finest new breed of seamless wrought iron cookware.
Thank you and happy cooking!!
Mark, Steve, Belinda, Marshall, and the Solidteknics USA 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.solidteknicsusa.com
- See our first USA Kickstarter here http://kck.st/2DLpSaV , and check our 12 (twelve!) Solidteknics Australia Kickstarter launches (with a significant % shipping to USA cooks): http://kck.st/2pmr7sP
- Check out some independent Facebook reviews (5/5 avg. from 145 reviews!): www.facebook.com/pg/solidteknics/reviews/
- Read more examples of independent reviews (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 US-ION™ design is formed from a single flat wrought sheet of iron, and not by casting molten iron into a sand mold. Our very pure wrought iron is a better conductor of heat, providing a 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 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. 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).
Naturally-seasoned iron pans are very low stick - the only similarity they bear to synthetic nonstick pans. Our seamless, rivetless single piece of tough wrought iron is non-toxic and will easily last multiple centuries. Pair that with simple seasoning that can be renewed 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 brought our manufacturing to the USA — and we couldn't be more excited!
We have launched on Kickstarter 13 successful Australian campaigns (and retail and export success) for our innovative, patented, chef-acclaimed, Australian-made Solidteknics cookware. Now manufacturing in the USA, our first Kickstarter campaign for nöni USA wrought stainless cookware was launched in March, and US-ION wrought iron cookware in July, and both saw an amazing amount of support from our American supporters. Now we're back with USA Kickstarter #3 for the big 12" wrought iron skillet!
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 it a reality, we need your 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 US-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 US-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 gratified by the acclaim of our products and 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 US-ION 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 popular with USA cooks, and it's a lot less expensive to produce.
So we're continuing with smooth for our Chicago-made wrought iron pans, and we're shipping them Raw, with no shot peening or seasoning, just coated in a 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.
Build your own natural non-toxic nonstick with seasoning
US-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 US-ION pans come coated in 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: solidteknicsusa.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 US-ION™ First Edition pans artificially low (unsustainable at retail) for backers of this launch campaign. Prices will be much higher when they eventually reach retail after the campaign.
We hope you will agree that US-ION™ is still great value, as an investment in a lifetime of solid cooking love, and an heirloom to pass down for many generations.
Please remember we're creating something new and revolutionary in this industry, from scratch, and 100% made in the USA. For the very first production run we are setting ship dates conservatively to avoid disappointing backers. We are well known for fulfilling our shipping promises in our Kickstarter campaigns, and we are determined to maintain the same record of excellence in the USA.
New to crowdfunding?
To understand the crowdfunding-for-rewards concept (not shareholding, or 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:
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
Our successful first USA launch campaign in March 2018 was for our nöni seamless ferritic stainless cookware, made in the same way (same patents) as this US-ION wrought iron (see the nöni campaign here http://kck.st/2DLpSaV ).
Our 3 nöni pans are included in our big complete set of USA cookware in this Kickstarter. We are also taking pre-orders for the retail production run of these nöni pans on our Solid Supporters online store here: solidteknicsusa.com/shop
A track record of successful campaigns, reliable shipping, and thousands of happy first-edition backers!
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 US-ION pans, we recommend pledging for them now, while they are historic engraved First Edition of our first USA production, and while they are much lower in price than the eventual retails.
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.
You have witnessed the birth of an innovative new era in USA cookware manufacturing, now follow the growth:
*Patent and Trademark notice:
'US-ION' 'AUS-ION' and 'nöni' are trademarks of Solidteknics USA, Inc. (and its parent companies), 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.
Risks and challenges
After a long and intensive development period, 13 (twelve!) successful Kickstarter campaigns in Australia, two in the USA (for our stainless nöni pans and smaller US-ION pans), 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 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 USA, Inc.
- (30 days)