Category: Buyer’s Guide

What I’ve learned about buying copper

Buying online | February 2, 2020

Weight matters.

Two 28cm sauté pans, both alike in dignity…

Opinions | April 25, 2019

Counting Mauviel’s rivets

In 2015, Mauviel dropped a rivet from its handles, and as a collector, I think this is a problem for the brand.

Basics | March 1, 2019

Measuring copper thickness

The thickness of a copper pan determines a great deal not only about its cooking performance but also its value.

Basics | February 19, 2019

How to tell nickel from stainless

I speak from experience when I say that it can be hard to tell a nickel-lined copper pot from a steel-lined one.

Buying online | December 14, 2018

Searching eBay for French copper

I’ve had success finding good deals on eBay for vintage French copper pots and pans, and I don’t mind sharing with you the search terms I’ve used.

Buying online | December 6, 2018

Unpacking a well-packed pan

I had the great good fortune to buy a lovely heavy sauté pan from Harestew, who is very conscientious about packing copper very safely. Take a look at the work of a master.

Buying online | December 2, 2018

Shipping boxes I have known

When you buy copper online, you are relying on the seller to pack it safely so it arrives undamaged. I have examples of great and not-so-great packing, and one that was absolutely disastrous.