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Jan 3, 2010 11:12 AM

Deymeyer vs. Falk cookware

I am looking to buy some new cookware and had sorta been leaning towards All-clad copper core until recently. Based on what I have researched it is between the Deymeyer stainless or Falk copper cookware. I know there are pros and cons to both. I think over all the Falk might be better but being single and busy alot I am afraid that I may not devote enough time to keeping the copper clean. Interested in how hard the copper is to keep clean and how easy the Deymeyer is compared to the copper. Thanks for the help....Scott

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  1. I have the 11" and 13.5" Demeyere proline -atlantis frying pans...trully incredible product and never a doubt of the quality since day one..i have the All-clad 8" copper core frypan and for some reason despite all the negative comments i think the 8" copper core works quite well..i'm also looking at the Falk copper and keep changing my mind as to which pieces to purchase.The brushed copper of the Falk is supposedly easy to clean..the Demeyere you can clean with your hand...once i had to use a bit of Bar keepers friend for some burnt on cheese..took no time at all.When the All-clad exposed copper tarnishes it's a matter of seconds with BKF and the copper shines like new,so i would think that the Falk copper would be easy to detarnish once a month or so..i'm looking at the Falk 11" wide peices..and also the big cauldrun that's not on the copperpans site.

    1. The Demeyere can be put in the dishwasher. The Falk needs to be handwashed and polished on a semi-regular basis, if you want to keep the shine.

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      1. re: E_M

        Just purchased the Falk saucier Try me piece with cover..if it's anywhere near the quality that the fans claim then i could see myself spending 2k in the future for copper,they look's not easy clicking 2k away without ever seeing a Falk pan.

        1. re: ChowTO

          My Falk 1.5qt saucier arrived,,this is the highest quality piece of cookware i have ever seen..very heavy copper.
          The shape is perfect for a saucier.
          The pan has about 8 hours of cooking sauces,oats,and it won't tarnish..looks new even after deliberately cooking with high heat to try to tarnish..brushed look is also very nice,kinda glows..seems alive.
          I will be purchasing more Falk a kid in a candy store.yup she nice.

      2. Chow, what did you mean by "despite all the negative comments' when referring to the copper core? Just curious.

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        1. re: Seitan

          Negative as in ..not enough copper,too thin,warping,dents easily, 8" ACCC is really nice and seems well built..i payed half price "another try me peice"so seems ok.I went to WS and William Ashley -bloor n yonge-last night to pick up some bar tenders friend copper version,they were all out,seeing as this saucier doesn't want to tarnish i saved myself some $$.Looking around at the cookware i feel the prices are all ridiculous,,willam ashley has the 7.9"..11"..13"? demeyere pro line fry pans for less cost than the AC copper cores,compared side by side each of the demeyeres could be melted and 4 AC's built,i noticed the whole All clad CC line is the same the 8" frypan seems well built and the larger pieces seem flimsy...the demeyre sauce pots are very expensive and not that impressive,the copper core are almost the same price.they had mauviel copper that made me smile for the fact that i payed less than half for my wayyyyyyy nicer 1.5 qt copper saucier.If these prices stay this high then i'm shopping over the border for everything.Just ordered a larger pressure cooker from over the other side of the lake,see i'm already ordering
          from over there...they want to overcharge here?..i'll spend my money elsewhere.

          1. re: ChowTO

            Ok, thanks. I hadn't heard those comments about ACCC before (well, except for the overpriced one). Value for money, and since you actually have used both, which do you think is the better buy: ACCC or Demeyer Atlantis?


            1. re: Seitan

              The Demeyere fry pan needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. The web just doesn't do it justice. The 3.2L saucepan can be a little off putting since the sides are relatively thin stainless steel to offset the weight of the heavy base. To have that much weight in the base and still get the pan to balance is hard believe.

              All-clad is over rated IMHO. I still don't like the handles. The dutch oven I have has thin sides just like the demeyere saucepan. In a saucepan they are okay, not in a dutch oven. :-( Lesson learned.

        2. Fry pans I would go Demeyere all the way. the Falk has a hard edge where it transitions from the bottom to the sides where the Demeyere is a smooth transition, and I personally like that better, I also think the Silvinox finish on the Demeyere is fantastic.. Funny I was just looking at an ACCC 10" deep Fry pan at WS I really liked the form factor, but discovered is was very similar to the 2-3 quart saucier AC MC2 I already have.

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          1. re: jeffreyem

            Seitan for a frypan the Demeyere 11" pro line without a doubt,it's so over engineered you'll never need to replace it for any reason,you can swing this pan at cars traveling on the 400 and not worry about $200..+20 for delivery,5% conversion of funds+maybe more than $260 delivered and you have a pan for life.I bought my pan from Epicure for 3 bills + all taxes on "sale"and still think it's worth every penny.
            They like to deal so ask with an email.


            Free shipping here across the lake.. -
            200+5% exch funds=$210 and if the border decides gst+pst=$237..a no brainer.
            Just noticed the site says shipped from Belgium..could be trouble with duties.

            1. re: ChowTO

              That Epicure link shows the 28cm (11") Demeyere fry pan listed at $400.00 CDN.

              I'm in Calgary, does William Ashley in T.O. have it for less?

              1. re: Seitan

                The prices they show are always higher online..don't know why...i'll email and get a price,they're having a sale.Ashley i think was the same overprice...skip the 125 west link,they ship from the manufacturer and i don't know what duties would be from belgium,,the best price will be from across the border definitely..there's 0 duties if shipped from the US..but i'm sure the pan from epicure would come in under 300.

                1. re: ChowTO

                  Metro Kitchen $199 plus free shipping in the US 11" Demeyere just got it a week ago.

                  1. re: jeffreyem

                    I don't remember what i bought from but remember the shipping was reasonable.
                    Cuttleryandmore has the best shipping rates into demeyere though.14 pound pressure pot costs $20 to ship to my door...

                  2. re: ChowTO

                    There is a local retail store here (The Happy Cooker) that can bring it in for $379. + tax. Hoping to find it for less.

                    1. re: Seitan

                      They'll order online from the US and make $130..i shopped for an induction portable..found a place and they wanted $560.00+taxes=$640..i came home and clicked online and in 3 days i was cooking inductionly..$299.00US$$340.00 Can$$...i don't mind paying say an extra $60-70 and keep my money in canada but i refuse to be $$ raped.
                      I need a larger pressure here $ $249.00,will come in under 300Can$$ why should i pay $500+13%=$565!...what?i owe these businesses a hi end living?

                2. re: ChowTO

                  I got the Demeyere 12" proline recently, and love it. Here is the writeup and pics:

                  1. re: tzakiel

                    LOL!!!...Actually the 400 is a highway and them cars travel about 100mph..140kmph for the metrics,but even at 400mph's i'm sure the pan would survive,,my 11" pan seems heavier than the 13"..strange.
                    I didn't know Demeyere made a 12".

                    1. re: ChowTO

                      So, is Epicure cheaper than what it's website is saying? Or should I try to bring it in from the US?

                      1. re: Seitan

                        Seitan..i emailed Epicure...
                        Why would you "try" to bring it in?'s simple and legal.some prices from these canadian shops should be illegal.i have the postie knocking at my door with packages all the time.
                        Make sure the # of the pan is 55628,some say Atlantis and some are marked Pro-Line,they both the exact same and click away,check the shipping,if it seems high,wait an hour,click again,the more stuff coming over the border from onliners the cheaper the shipping.You won't pay duties.if your unlucky they'll charge you Alberta tax whatever that is,shipping here is about 20$..yours could be cheaper shipping if coming from around around.
                        Also a tip...USPS..US Postal service is the best.

                        1. re: ChowTO

                          What I meant was try scour the internet for US online shops that carry it for less and order from them. So far, no luck finding anything for under $300. US or Canada.

                        1. re: tzakiel

                          tzakiel,what pot rack do you have on your link,,looks really nice,i need a new one,the one i have is getting smaller,,only thing missing to make it really pretty and over the top is a copper Falk 1.5qt try me piece.

                          1. re: ChowTO

                            It's actually not big, the one I have... but it's from Crate and Barrel and they have other variations that hang or have 2 sides. I like the quality.

                            Gray wall mounted pot rack

                            1. re: tzakiel

                              Pretty sure we have a crate and barrel around here somewhere...i meant i need another rack,maybe 2..i'm on the copper site gawking and about to order some more copper cookware,my little saucier is lonely.

                              1. re: tzakiel

                                tzakiel, how do you find the handles on the Atlantis pans? Do they seem long-ish to you at all? They seem to stick straight out more than angle up. Just curious. Thanks.

                                1. re: Seitan

                                  If i may..the handles are perfection.they will stay cool even after hours of cooking.perfect size,perfect feel... really..they have made the ultimate frypan,get one before they decide to improve it and muck it all up,,i noticed that my favourite online store just started carrying Demeyere..
                                  the line isn't all posted on the site yet but i'm in for another 11" proline..i know they'll improve it one day so i'm making sure i have another of the old unimproved models.

                                  1. re: ChowTO

                                    My Falk 1.5 qt saucierre is 3 months old...use her daily,i'm loving it!....when the copper tarnishes it looks a deep red..1 minute with Barkeepers friend and it's brand new again,and will look clean for about a week before it starts tarnishing.i prefer the red tarnished look though,the inside Steel inner is also easy to clean.
                                    I see why the Falk copper is so highly rated.

                  2. Comparison of Demeyere Atlantis vs. Falk Copper (Heat Transfer and Boiling Speed)

                    You buy copper pans for heat transfer speed and the benefits of its resulting responsiveness to changes in heat. You buy other pans like Demeyere because they are easier to care for.

                    Ease of care is important to me, but so is performance. I wanted to find out for sure if the heat transfer differences were very substantial, so I bought a Falk 10.5 quart 11" stock pot and a Demeyere Atlantis 8.5 quart 9" stock pot. (Falk is 2.5mm brushed copper coated with a .008" thick stainless (not tin) lining. They are equivalent to high-end Mauviel or Bourgeat in technical respects, except that they have a brushed finish rather than a mirror polish.)

                    Starting with a room-temperature stove (in both tests) on a 15k BTU gas burner on high-heat, I timed how long it took to bring *equal* amounts of cold water (same temperature) to a rolling boil.

                    The Demeyere took 26 minutes to reach a rolling boil.
                    The Falk took 19.5 minutes to reach a rolling boil.

                    The Falk was extremely responsive to temperature changes. Cutting the heat ceased the boiling within 5-10 seconds.

                    The Demeyere responded to a heat cut in 8-15 seconds or longer. Restoring the heat resulted in similar lags in returning the pots to full boil. Copper was certainly the more nimble and you could see how a responsive it would be for sautéing or cutting the heat in the event the pan got too hot.

                    The only real shortcoming in that particular test was that I was comparing an 11" pan to a 9" pan. The broader surface area of the Falk would certainly cause it to absorb more heat and boil water faster. So I also compared an 11" Falk fry pan and an 11" Demeyere fry pan, boiling approximately 4 cups of cold water on a cold stove in both cases.

                    Again, the Falk won the contest, boiling water approximately 4 minutes faster than the Demeyere fry pan, all things being equal. This size-for-size comparison was as fair as I could make it. If you're looking for cooking responsiveness and rapid boiling, copper's the only game in town.

                    I ended up keeping the Falk pans and returning the Demeyeres to Sur la Table. For me, the ability to sauté on lower heat; boil water faster; or quickly "rescue" food that's getting too hot (by cutting the heat and obtaining a rapid cool-down) outweighed the benefits of being able to throw the pan in the dishwasher.

                    The Demeyeres are wonderful pans - beautiful and easy to care for. If you have an induction stove, I'd go with them because copper would require an ugly (and hot) iron lug to be placed underneath the pan. If you have gas, copper is certainly a more nimble metal when it comes to heat responsiveness. The Falks I bought cleaned nicely with Bar Keeper's Friend.

                    The Demeyere has a brighter silver finish on the inside which I found shows tiny hairline scratches caused by Bar Keeper's Friend (or the green Scotchbrite pad) - whereas the Falk's stainless interior was immune to such scratching.

                    Both brands are heavy, but Falk is heaviest - some people complain about the weight of copper pans but I think it's just whining to complain about a 5-8lb weight of a pan (it's not that heavy once you get used to it).