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Tournus Copper pot - scratches/holes/dots & unidentified beautiful copper pan

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Hello citizens of America!
I have two questions, that have been in my mind for a while. By discovering this site, i hope i can get them answered.

1. I recently bought three beautiful pieces of Tournus cookware, made in France. I've tried two of them, and they perform superb! The third has some strange holes/dots in the lining (see picture), and i wonder if it is safe to use? Also i always thought that they were tin-lined until i heard of nickel lining. What do you guys think?

2. I also have this beautiful sauter pan, which on the side has the 'made in france' stamp, but no company-ID. To me it looks like Mauviel, but could it be a copy? Actually i am not really concerned about what brand it is, i am more curious to ask you why some companies dont put on the ID? What is the purpose of theese unidentified items?

Many regards from Denmark in Europe. I hope this is not US only, because i think i am going to stick around this wise forum, now that i found it :)

p.s. sorry for any misspellings - second language here!

Cheers, Silas Cotto

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  1. Hi, silascotto:

    I'm 1/4 Danish, but have not yet been there!

    Your Tornus pans are beautiful. And your sauter is indeed probably Mauviel.

    I believe all are stainless-lined. It is not 100% certain, but the way the linings reflect light (due to brushing), this is a good sign they are not nickel. If this is true, the marks in the pans are likely very minor salt pits.

    The area is so tiny, you are safe. Until there are 4-5 square centimeters of copper exposed to the food, do not worry.

    There are several reasons why makers do not put on their own marks. Export/discount is but one. Unless you are a collector, it is the quality features that matter, not the mark.

    Your Tornus pans' handle flanges are interesting. The shape is more like the English and Scandanavian tradition than the French.

    See you in Denmark!

    Aloha,
    Kaleo

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    1. re: kaleokahu

      Hi, Kaleo!

      Thank you for your quick answer!

      Well well, so this thread has official gone multi-international: i am myself 1/2 italian, haha.

      Stainless you say? That actually never crossed my mind. The reason is, that i have another copper pot, which has no ID-marks at all, and the lining is a little more dark grey, the brushing is much finer so it seems more smooth and it is also slightly magnetic (i will post a photo comparing the two later today). That made me believe that this was what stainless-lining looked like, and therefore i concluded that my tournus and mauviel had to be either nickel or tin.

      I am pleased to hear, that my tournus pot is safe due to the damaged lining - they cook so well! I dont see any exposed copper, so i figure this must be in the very surface of the lining.

      Yes, the handles dont look like the typical french ones, but they are good looking i think, and they are also lightweight! I think that they are painted aluminum actually. The Tournus pots and pans are in fact very light, but they really have the heat-transfer of good solid copper cookware.

      Haha; Vi ses i Danmark!

      Silas

      1. re: Silascotto

        Sorry for the somewhat disturbing background, but i had to borrow my girlfriends camera and take the photo at her room.

        The first picture is a picture of the unknown pot with brass handle. The two other are pictures of the unknown pot compared to my mauviel. As mention further up, the unknown, which has a more dark grey tone is slightly magnetic, the others are not at all.

        Cheers!