I think the realization that you’re officially an adult comes in different ways depending on who you are. For me, it was definitely when I started getting childhood-Christmas equivalent excited over things like purchasing a good vacuum. Admittedly, it’s been a while since my transition, but every now and again when I get a new practical item and it totally makes my month, the thought comes up. The most recent culprit in stirring up these feelings of joy for me is my new Hestan NanoBond skillet.
To be honest, I’m not sure that you do actually have to be an adult to appreciate how great this pan is. Just by looking at it you can tell it’s fancy and, let me tell you, its appearances are NOT deceiving. Hestan’s NanoBond is a blend of alloys, including titanium, that creates what I like to call a “Sarah-proof” finish (I’ve been known to ruin a nice pan or two in just one use). It’s this technology that all at once extends the lifespan to 5x that of a normal stainless steel/aluminum-clad pan; makes it resistant to the normal scratching, staining, and pitting we’ve all come to accept; creates 35% more conductivity; and allows a heat tolerance of 1450* F. So basically even people like me will be able to keep these pans beautiful for a good, long time.
Of course durability is always important, but if the product itself is kind of a bummer it’s much less exciting. Good news is, the design of the Hestan skillet definitely makes it one you would want to keep around. It’s lightweight, has flush rivets so cleaning and nesting is easy, has sealed flared rims so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself when you go to pour, and the NanoBond process I talked about before is chemical-free and environmentally friendly. I could go on about how in love with this pan I am, but I think I may have passed the acceptable limit, so I’ll stop here.
At about $1,500 for the set it’s around twice the price of my current cookware. That said, it might take me a little while to acquire all the pieces I want. I’m not really disappointed about this though; I’m just looking at it as six more potential Christmases before actual Christmas.
Images: Williams Sonoma