Fake All Clad
Hi there, just bought an All Clad 4 Qt saute pan on ebay from a seller who has a kijillion positive feedback. The pan seems lighter than the one I held in the store and it does not have any All Clad markings on the bottom. I've tried to research the subject on google and have come up with very little. Any input/thoughts would be appreciated.
None of my All Clad has "All Clad markings on the bottom." The All-Clad name is at the base of the handle, where it is riveted to the pot, or on the loop, if the piece has loops. I think a 4-qt. saute pan would have a loop. I bought two pieces from an eBay seller named ramsue, and I couldn't be happier with them. I honestly can't distinguish anything I bought online from anything I bought in a store.
Agree with JayF. Here is a photo.
As JayF said, you should find the All Clad marking at the base of the handle. There are a few posts here where people claimed the newer All Clad feel lighter than All Clad from 10-20 years ago.
If you should cannot find the All Clad marking, please contact eBay as soon as possible.
NOT AC related, but sometimes you would be surprise on the fakes out there...
I was once working on a 15K Cisco networking equipment, and the long and short of it was that it turned out to be a fake. The kicker was the serial # was registered to NASA - gov of all places.
I tend to buy from reputable online stores if I suspect there are *like* fake items out there.
I have bought a couple of pieces from ramsue as well on e bay and very satisfied with authenticity. I would guess that it would actually not be worth the trouble for anyone to 'fake' All Clad with any degree of success but a close examination of the same pot at the shop should tell you if you think you have bought a genuine piece or not.
I made a stew with red wine in my 8-qt. All-Clad stockpot (really a Dutch oven) today, so I took note of your concerns. All the logos/signage were in the right places.
I also took notice of the handles, which so many people hate. I find my hands fit their handles perfectly. I reach up from the bottom, placing my thumb in the indentation that runs the length of the handle. Perfect fit.
re: Jay F
I think the problem most people have with the handles (certainly my complaint) is not the "fit" with one's hand per se. It's that when trying to lift the pan, especially when it is full of something being cooked and thus heavy, the handles are so skinny that you can't get a good grip on it and thus don't have good control. if the contents are not balanced, the pan can actually rotate in one's hand, and dump the contents. Not good.
That is problematic, what you describe. I bought saucepans (3 & 4 qt.) with loops, and when I'm pouring a reduction sauce out of a fry pan, I don't mind grabbing the other side with my potholder, if need be.
I'm tempted to buy the 14" frypan, as it comes with a loop, though that's really too big for me, plus I'd rather get a saute pan than another fry pan.