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About Revere Ware

Stainless steel is great because it cleans easily and (mostly) does not rust. But it transmits heat very slowly, which means that where the heat is, gets hot. Copper is much better at conducting the heat quickly so that the heat is distributed evenly throughout the metal. The Revere Company had the very unique (at the time) idea in the 1930's of combining the two metals to get the best of both worlds. The copper bottom conducts the heat quickly and evenly, while the stainless steel makes for a durable, easy to clean pan. This concept, combined with heat resistant Bakelite handles made for great cookware.

These days, you can get as good or better results from high-end cookware like All-Clad, although you will pay the price. For instance, a nice All-Clad 12" skillet costs in the neighborhood of $130 whereas a vintage 12" Revere Ware skillet can be had for about $20 (or less) on eBay or your local thrift store. Care to pay a fraction of the cost for something that works 80% as well? I sure do!

And of course, there is the retro-chic coolness of using something that is over 50 years old.

Alas, in 1968, The Revere Company decided that it could save money by using less copper in the copper bottom. Revere Ware made after 1968 doesn't distribute the heat as well as that made during the "vintage" era between 1939 and 1968.

You can find a much more thorough history of Revere Ware history here.

You can keep the metal on your Revere Ware looking good almost indefinitely (or you can have them reconditioned by someone like Classic Kitchens & More), but after a while, some of the less robust parts start to show their age: handles, hardware, and rubber parts, like gaskets will wear out long before the metal will. Handles get dull and can crack, screws and nuts often rust and then break when you try to remove them, and gaskets get hard and no longer work correctly.

Unfortunately, the Revere Company went out of business in the late 1990's. While someone did purchase the name and does make Revere Ware products that look similar and use the same name, they not nearly as good as the original ones, and they don't sell replacement parts for the older (or even newer) cookware.

End of story?

But it doesn't end there. We hope to help you continue to enjoy your Revere Ware cookware for years to come with the replacement parts you have been missing.