I currently have a selection of frypans in different sizes and materials, however I'm looking for some replacements and some new additions.
The non-stick ones seem to get the most use at home, but they don't seem to last very long. Despite my gentle persuading, there are some people in my household that insist on cutting things in the pan, or using them on high heat, which buggers up the non-stick coating.
I have a couple of stainless steel ones (both saucepans and frypans) but my wife is too impatient to let them heat up property before putting the oil and the food in, then she complains about the food sticking .
The Solidteknics pans are on the radar, as well as a few other carbon steel pans. I've also had a look at one called Hexclad, which seems to be a hybrid of stainless and non-stick. They make some big claims about being able use metal utensils and are cut proof . The Hexclad are dear as poison though and I think they're only available from the USA, however there are also a few 'knock off' Hexclad types too, which are considerably cheaper but still seem to get good reviews.
My heart is leaning towards the Solidteknics, mainly due to being Australian made and they look to be good quality. I'm open to suggestions on other brands as well.
My hesitation is mainly due to my wife. She likes the non-stick pans, as they're easy to use and I don't know that she would have the care factor to look after a carbon steel or cast iron pan that could potentially rust if not looked after.
Does anyone have any experience with the Hexclads or their imitations?
How hard are the carbon steel pans to look after? Do they really require a lot of maintenance and care, or are they pretty hardy?
I'm sure that I'll come up with a few more questions later, but for now thanks for looking,