SOLIDteknics Launches Lighter Iron Skillet Alternative to Cast Iron, which Quickly Surpasses Kickstarter Goal to Raise more than $37,000 within Days

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These new Chicago-made iron skillets are not cast: they are wrought to shape in a patented new process. Though half the weight of traditional cast skillets, they season and cook the same.

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In what could be a revelation for cooks, and a revolution in iron cookware, US-ION™ skillets are also half the weight of regular cast skillets.

SOLIDteknics USA is pleased to announce the launch of US-ION™, wrought iron skillets, crafted from one solid piece of USA iron – with presales well surpassing the product’s initial campaign goal on Kickstarter.

The wrought process involves working a flat sheet of iron into a complete pan in a proprietary new three-stage process – eliminating all rivets, welds and screws typically used in traditional pans with joined handles.

In what could be a revelation for cooks, and a revolution in iron cookware, US-ION™ skillets are also half the weight of regular cast skillets. Being bare wrought iron, these skillets have all the same healthy seasoning and cooking benefits as cast iron, but without the arm strain.

“We’ve all seen the big movement away from synthetic nonstick pans in recent years, due to health concerns and disposability of their coatings, but the alternatives have always meant some compromise,” said Mark Henry, founder of SOLIDteknics.

SOLIDteknics' wrought iron skillets offer many benefits over other pans when cooking:

  •     Stainless steel is light, but too sticky for most types of frying.
  •     Enamel cast iron really sticks when it’s worn, and it’s heavy.
  •     Popular bare cast iron skillets cook great, and the natural seasoned nonstick you build yourself is non-toxic, but the pans are still heavy. Recent machined lighter cast iron pans are still relatively heavy, and susceptible to cracking.
  •     French carbon steel pans are lighter, but come with rivets, and rivets mean gunk and eventually wobbly handles.
  •     Ceramic coatings last about a year, then it’s another pan in the landfill.

Also, any skillets with screws get jiggly – and cheap carbon steel woks inevitably fall apart.

“I knew there were hand-forged one-piece iron pans…Roman soldiers had them 2,000 years ago, and artisans still hammer out some…but I needed to find a faster production method to make smooth iron pans economically enough for chefs, and for home cooks, as well,” Henry said.

Henry eventually developed a three-step method of forming a wrought pan from a single iron sheet, patented the method and started manufacturing AUS-ION skillets in Australia three years ago – which quickly became popular with top chefs and home cooks.

“We also had a lot of interest from American cooks and we ended up shipping too many across the Pacific, so we found a way to make the same pans in Chicago using the same specification of iron we use in Australia, with the same patented method,” Henry said. “Now, our cooking pans are locally-made in the USA.”

SOLIDteknics’ main mission is to replace synthetic and disposable cookware with its healthy, multi-century-durable, locally made, innovative new world-first breed of patented seamless cookware.

SOLIDteknics wrought cookware is also the first to come with a multi-century warranty, since the tough wrought iron will never crack like cast iron – and there are no rivets or joints to fail over time.

For more information and to pre-order, visit the Kickstarter Campaign where limited ‘First Edition’ engraved US-ION™ cookware pieces start at $49 for the 'early-bird' 7.5” Skillet and $69 for a 10” Skillet – significantly less than the recommended retail prices.

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