Chefs and home cooks are loving the nöni™ pans we shipped in our first USA wrought stainless cookware campaign launched early in 2018.
Loving them for their exceptional conductivity (fast and even heat), and the searing/browning performance that is more like iron than stainless. Our 1/8" solid non-Nickel conductive stainless is so different, it's a revelation.
Chefs and home cooks are also loving their indestructible, seamless, smooth, 1-piece construction, and the knowledge that their limited edition pans, engraved with 'First Edition' and the date of manufacture, will be handed down as family heirlooms for many generations.
Introducing our 'First Edition' nöni 10" Skillet
Our stainless 'workhorse' skillet, engraved First Edition, at an introductory 'EARLYBIRD' price of $99 for the first ten days only!
Wrought in one seamless piece and crafted in Chicago from our legendary 3mm thick, highly conductive, non-Nickel ferritic stainless steel. Fast and even heat, very low maintenance, and multi-century durability.
Each pan is stamped with the month and year of manufacture, and also stamped 'First Edition' for the first and last time, only available for Kickstarter backers in this campaign!
Direct prices will be higher after the Kickstarter campaign ends. We've kept the cost as low as possible for new Kickstarter backers to 'Try Us' and understand first-hand what all the hype is about!
Independent scientists warn about the health risks associated with nonstick cookware. Another thing to consider: landfill.
And not just retail pans - think about the sheer waste of crowdfunding campaigns for reasonably durable stainless pans made offshore with nonstick coatings. It makes no sense: in a few years these pans will still be structurally fine, but the nonstick coating will be worn out, and an otherwise good stainless pan will be thrown in landfill.
"But imported nonstick is cheaper than your solid stainless USA-made pans."
True, but not after you've tossed three of them out! Our pans will last for centuries, and be passed down through many generations.
Invest in nöni™ today, save by never replacing your cookware again, and hand your treasured pans on as family heirlooms.
Also, after decades of multi-ply old clad stainless, many new nöni™ cooks are amazed that our beautiful American-made solid stainless pan can conduct heat so well, with cooks now turning their stove settings down by around half...
Now that's value for money! And a small but significant step towards a better environment.
nöni™ is the first ever cookware to be wrought from one seamless piece of stainless steel, using a patented process, and crafted in Chicago from a flat sheet of highly conductive American 3mm ferritic (non-Nickel) stainless into a high performance, seamless 1-piece pan.
We've revolutionized the cookware industry! We're mechanical engineers who cook, and, after 2+ decades of experimenting, found an innovative way to form a pan body and handle as a single solid wrought monobloc, eliminating all welds, screws, and the dreaded rivets (the bane of every chef's existence - say goodbye to loose jiggly handles!).
This seamless wrought construction makes our pans a pleasure to use, easy to clean, and basically indestructible.
Using one solid piece of this ferritic stainless means our pans are basically indestructible, and far more durable than traditional old riveted/welded/screwed, clad/multi-ply...the methods still used by ALL other brands of stainless cookware. The best of those regular multi-part jointed pans (or enameled cast iron) might last decades, but tough 1-piece nöni™ will clearly last centuries...
One solid, 1/8" thick wrought piece is far more durable and hygienic than traditional riveted/welded/screwed, clad/multi-ply constructions still used by ALL other top 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!
If you want the most collectible of all First Edition pans, don't miss the very limited early-bird pricing - see the rewards for more details.
The high quality, exceptional performance, and multi-century durability makes nöni™ pans great value and just like our original nöni™ Saute pans, the 10" Skillet offered in this campaign will 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 America, and a major contributor to the final premium product cost.
We've had 18 successful launch campaigns - plus retail and export success - for our innovative, chef-acclaimed, Australian-made Solidteknics cookware.
We launched a US campaign series because we are now also manufacturing in the USA, with all the new tooling and serious investment required. We are using the same patents to manufacture the same innovative nöni cookware we developed in Australia, but now in Chicago using 100% USA materials. This is our sixth USA Kickstarter campaign, bringing another new product to our rapidly growing community of USA supporters. After establishing our USA cookware in the hands of cooks and on social media, we aim to make the jump to broad US retail.
Kickstarter backers are loving cooking with our Chicago-made nöni pans, just like top chefs and experts. We hope all the excitement continues to grow awareness about this revolution in seamless conductive cookware, just like it did in Australia. That is our vision. We can only make our dream come true with your support.
It might look simple, but Solidteknics seamless wrought cookware is the culmination of over two decades of research by our founder Mark Henry, a mechanical engineer who cooks...and always wonders if things could be done better!
In addition to 18 plus Kickstarters launched from our Sydney factory to date, our 2018 launch of the USA nöni™ 8" Saute pan and 11" Saute pan/Skillet-lid combination was a great success (see https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/solidteknicsusa/solidteknics-noni-100-usa-made-seamless-1-pc-stain ). We followed that with another strongly supported nöni™ launch late in 2018 (see https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/solidteknicsusa/solidteknics-noni-125-pan-skillet-lid-100-usa-made ).
- We may be new to you, but we've been building a solid following: we're not overnight hipster crowdfunding marketeers importing generic offshore rebadged cookware; we're real mechanical engineers who cook, with 2+ decades of experience developing innovative equipment for passionate cooks and professional chefs.
- This is a real world-first: we've invented and patented a method for forming an entire seamless, rivetless, 1-piece pan from a single piece of metal (not stamped, pressed, or hammered in the old way ... something new!). Our wrought ferritic stainless is a whole new era in stainless cookware.
- Time to change your perceptions: Our non-Nickel ferritic stainless is MORE conductive than the common Nickel austenitic aluminum-clad stainless you are familiar with. This is new material and 3mm solid, and it conducts better than the top clad brands (see our water boil races). We don't give away more trade secrets than that - competitors are watching our progress very closely.
Following our first two USA nöni™ launches, feedback from chefs and the home cooking community has been overwhelming positive.
Read below for a very small sample of the many comments and reviews from experienced cooks that can be found all over the web. All unsponsored, unplanted, independent opinion. This is just the 'tip of the iceberg' of the support we've seen!
Our pans are a world-first, but they are not unknown. You can trust the independent reviews from chefs and experts who call Solidteknics the finest cookware ever made: www.solidteknicsusa.com/testify
Haters gonna hate and trolls gonna troll, but please be respectful of our efforts. We are proudly 100% made in the USA using 100% USA materials. Unlike most, we didn't take our manufacturing offshore for lower costs and higher profits. We made the investment and took the risk to manufacture in Chicago. Now THAT is something to celebrate!
There are two ways we reward the faith of backers who pledge for our Kickstarter campaigns, which are vital to our growth and success in the USA:
- Our reward prices, especially the Earlybird discounted prices, will never be matched again - retail will be much higher, particularly for pans exported overseas.
- These nöni™ pans will never again be stamped 'FIRST EDITION' - we reserve that exclusive detail only for our campaigns.
Introducing a third way: FREE pans!
Value Sets: In this campaign, we are offering great-value combinations of our nöni™ and wrought iron US-ION™ pans + bonus FREE pans! (Note that all US-ION™ pans are shipped RAW, just covered in beeswax to protect against corrosion in transit.) All pans are stamped with the month and date of manufacture. Our 10" nöni™ are the only ones stamped 'First Edition'.
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 in seamless, 1-piece stainless. There are no others, and we hold the patents*...
However, we can't make history alone: we need your funding here on Kickstarter, and all your generous sharing on social media.
A major attraction for backers in all our past Kickstarters has been the 'FIRST EDITION' stamp, signifying that these limited edition pans are only ever offered to Kickstarter backers.
Please remember: if you don't pledge to this campaign, there is no other way to purchase a First Edition pan.
Imagine the pride of your descendants cooking with a rare, First Edition nöni™ pan, also stamped with the date of manufacture - confirmation of the long history of their family heirlooms... NOW is the time to secure your rare piece of American cookware history!
Yes...if it is the right type of stainless!
For nöni™ we scoured the country for this exotic, exceptional, ferritic stainless steel. 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 austenitic stainless.
Ferritic stainless is magnetic (not magnetized), because it is not an alloy with Nickel. Most stainless pans are non-magnetic austenitic stainless, which is great for non-cookware items and chef knives but a very poor thermal conductor. Check the stainless around your kitchen (bench tops, forks, spoons, etc.): if a magnet doesn't stick strongly, it is austenitic.
Not only is it less conductive, but normal austenitic cookware also has a higher Nickel content, which leaches into food, particularly during the first few cooking cycles, and more so with acidic foods.
Watch the eye-popping water boil race between nöni™ and a top tri-ply stainless pan:
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!
The voice of experience and the reaction from Chefs and experienced food industry people has been overwhelmingly positive. In the end, the proof is in the cooking, and they know nöni™ is something very special indeed... For more, watch https://youtu.be/glLLJ7hg-As
See Section 2 for more nöni™ material tech detail.
Certainly not inexpensive, but an investment in 'paying it forward' for future generations. Manufacturing in America is expensive, particularly with this world-first (and difficult) patented method to this high quality level, and with a lot of artisanal hand finishing. Not to mention the material...
As mentioned above, we have set our prices artificially low 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. Consider it an investment in a lifetime of solid cooking love. See FAQs at bottom for much more detail on the reality of our American manufacturing costs vs. our mass-produced import competition.
A Kickstarter launch of any new product is not online retail; that isn't the purpose of the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. Remember we're creating something new, from scratch, and only once our campaign goal has been achieved. Unlike online retailers, we don't have a warehouse full of imported, generic, finished products ready to ship. You'll find our nöni™ pans are worth the wait!
If yes, please 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!
Once you've made your pledge, you can leave the rest to us. After launching over 20+ campaigns and successfully reaching our funding goal and delivering on each one, we know a thing or two about crowdfunding!
We knew we had created something very special with our first nöni™ pans, but we were overwhelmed by the positive reaction on social media.The feedback was HUGE for this industry!
Solid reviews from solid experts:
For more samples of unsponsored, unscripted, 'unplanted' reviews from top chefs and experienced home cooks, see www.solidteknicsusa.com/testify
Groundswell of support:
Join our members-only Solidteknics Cookware Lovers Group on Facebook for the FULL enthusiast community experience!
We launched a whole new cookware industry for Australia when we crowdfunded our first Australian iron cookware on Kickstarter in September 2014, 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 non-sticks sadly still dominate our retail shelves...and landfills. We're helping change attitudes to all that waste and damage, and witnessing a growing movement that rejects 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. Let them know that you’ve found the finest iron and stainless cookware available today, and that our heirloom-collectible FIRST EDITION nöni™ pans are only available by pledging here on Kickstarter before the campaign deadline.
Together we'll make history, not just the world's finest cookware!
Thank you all, and Happy Cooking!!
Mark, Steve, Natasha, Belinda and the Solidteknics Team
Section 2: More detail and FAQ
If you don't know our history: a background summary
- See our vision statement and 'About' (from the heart, not the PR dept).....it will be clear we are more interested in health, sustainability, and leaving a legacy than commerce: www.solidteknicsusa.com
- See all 18 past Solidteknics Australian Kickstarter launches (with a significant % shipping to USA cooks): http://kck.st/2pmr7sP
- Independent Facebook reviews (5.0 avg. from 148 reviews!): www.facebook.com/pg/solidteknics/reviews/
- More examples of independent reviews: www.solidteknics.com/testify
- Facebook Solidteknics Users members-only group: big supportive tribe of our cookware supporters, sharing their experiences: www.facebook.com/groups/solidteknicsusers/
- In Australia our main business now is 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/
Unusual (we think we're the first), but true: we are offering a multi-century warranty for nöni™.
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 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.....
Our multi-century warranty applies whether used in the home, restaurant, or campfire.....nöni™ is basically indestructible!
Made from one seamless 3mm wrought monobloc of very tough ferritic stainless, this material won't crack like cast iron. There are no synthetic coatings or enamel, and no rivets, welds, seams or clad/ply 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 millennia.....
Our multi-century warranty applies whether used in the home, restaurant, or campfire.....nöni™ is basically indestructible, in any cooking situation!
More detail on our nöni™ ferritic non-Nickel stainless steel material
Our new stainless pans are called, in full, 'CoSSNoNi', for 'Conductive Seamless Stainless Non-Nickel' ('nöni' for short!). Our nöni™ pans are formed into shape from one solid sheet of 1/8" 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.
We were very fortunate to find the exact ferritic stainless, made in the USA, we needed for nöni: more conductive than regular Nickel stainless steels so we didn't need clad layers for fast and even heating, non-nickel for magnetism (induction compatibility), and free of heavy metals (for health). It also had to be formable into our saucepan shapes with our new patent-pending method. Not an easy development challenge.....but now the results speak for themselves!
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, not just decades of mechanical engineering development for chefs, and we are dedicated to making all our supporters happy. At the same time, we are not online retailers selling generic imports: we are experts in this field of engineering, and we're worth giving the benefit of the doubt first if you think you have a warranty or tech question.
We always give, and expect, mutual respect.
Follow the growth of this innovative new era in USA cookware manufacturing:
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.
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. Parents and grandparents are already talking about handing down their heirloom Solidteknics pans (some writing them into their will!), and that's what makes us most proud of all.....making history, not just cookware.
More background history:
Engineering for legacy, not just sales:
We pioneered a whole new era in iron cooking:
For much more detail on our wrought iron and how they compare with our wrought stainless cookware, please see: www.solidteknicsusa.com/solidproducts/
Horses for courses.....
We still prefer the natural nonstick of seasoned iron for high temp frying, grilling, etc, however..... stainless steel is perfect for slow cooking acidic sauces, boiling liquids, and all other foods that strip seasoning off iron pans.
*Patent and Trademark notice:
'Solidteknics', 'AUS-ION', 'US-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.
Compulsory Kickstarter 'risks' section:
Risks and challenges
After a long and intensive development period, 15 (fifteen!) 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 funding goal, the funds will be quickly applied to the tooling and production costs and we will ship on time (barring 'acts of God' or crazy 'left-fielders'!), 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
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