Say "Yahoo" to the best thing you ever bought!!
I have several things that I've purchased over the years, and once in a great while the "of course you can have this" fairies whoosh down and do indeed produce the kitchen gear that kicks _ss. It might be the perfect size cookware, the family recipe that needed this pan/cookware/gadget, or just - something that you always wished YOU could have created and WOW found!
This is just one example: I always like the A/C 4 quart saute, but hated that - #1 I didn't have a lid and #2 it had that "groan" handle.
A/C fairies to the rescue: I have been thrilled with the 4 quart sauteuse with a - YES - domed lid AND short handles. Perfect for small braises and pasta sauces. Did they hear my prayers?
Another example: I'm now praying that the folks that make the Epicurean boards make a larger size - I need one that's at least 18 x 24.
Think of this as not Field of Dreams, but more like if you want it, it will show up and you will buy it no matter what.
Hmm, I don't think I have ever had an experience quiet the way you described it. I certainly have cookware which pleasantly surprised me like the Microplane grater and the CCK Chinese slicer, but in term of cookware which is difficult to find but fits my desire, then I think the closest one is my hand-hammered carbon steel wok shipped from China.
I knew what I want, but it was difficult to find it in any of the local stores. Then, I found it on the internet and I have it shipped from China.