Amoretti Brothers Copper Cookware
I just discovered this new line of copper cookware by Amoretti Brothers. The pans look gorgeous and I was wondering if you had any experience with them. I went to the website and they say the pans are handcrafted (amazing,I love handmade products). My question is, by a general point of view, is this something that add more value to the cookware? and for cooking performance?
Thanks for the tip. For those interested, the address to see the copper wares is: http://www.amorettibrothers.com/catal...
I am not familiar with them, and their "Press" section leaves me thinking they are newborn. My surmise, based on their NYC address and the other things they offer, is that this company does not maufacture these pans, but jobs them out in Mexico. That is no fatal demerit, as Mexico has a long tradition of working copper in an artisanal way.
2.5mm tinned copper is very, very good stuff, and NAFTA makes these low prices possible. So my take is that if this company succeeds in orienting more Americans to cooking in real copper, that's a good thing for Chow in general.
Another plus: There is some unique art and aesthetic to these pans. I like that, and hope that anyone who tries them posts some feedback on their performance.
After reading your latest post, I re-read your OP, and I mistook your question for advice on whether these pans were worth buying. Sorry, I now know you have some and your OP question was about whether they are worth more by virtue of being hand-made.
In order to answer your question, I would need to know whether, by "value" you mean monetary/resale/collector's value, or cooking value. If the former, a newb on the block is going to have its work cut out for it among collectors, especially if the name or brand doesn't get traction. In this regard, the fact that Dean & DeLucca is carrying it is a good sign, as it will elevate the brand among the cognoscenti and uninformed alike. But overall, I wouldn't consider Amoretti Bros. collectible or worthy of investment.
However, from the use quality side, having been hand-worked bestows some benefit. The hand hammering process imparts hardness and strength that machine-turning and stamping do not. This is called "work hardening", and is the reason (not ornamentation) for the hand-hammered (a/k/a "planished") look which commands higher prices on the vintage market. If the tin alloy is safe, and the tinning thick, I think you have bought pans in the 98th percentile--and at a very reasonable price. Everyone should be so lucky, adventurous, and have such good taste.