We continue to get requests for help with the problem of the metal handle spline separating from the body of a cookware piece, like this:
So we thought we’d summarize the best information we have on this problem in a single blog post.
Option 1: spot weld it back on
You can find out blog post on spot welding here.
When we talked to welders, they felt that the cookware metal was too thin for a good spot welding result. But it has been done with success, so perhaps they were wrong. It also might matter if your cookware is older, pre-1968, which has a thicker stainless steel, versus newer cookware, which can be quite thin.
Option 2: Braze it back on
You can find our blog post on brazing here.
Brazing is like soldering; heat up both pieces of metal and flow a melted metal wire between them to permanently attach them.
The results are not flattering, but it works.
Option 3: bolt it back on
You can find our blog post in screwing the handle back on here.
Perhaps the least aesthetically pleasing of the options, but the simplest.
Kudos to your efforts here on possibility preserving precious pots!
If you will entertain a suggestion, riveting is also a repair path; stainless steel rivets will also avoid the possibility of inter-granular corrosion from usage (and look neat too!).
Very good point. If you happen to do this we’d love some pictures and a description of what you did so we can add this to our list.
I have a 9″ Stainless Steel Copper bottom skillet where the riviets on 1 side have detached. Does anyone know somebody that does this?
Thank you for your complete and useful response
I honestly thought these pots and pans, I have an entire set, were warranted for life. So if they fell apart no matter how old, they would be replaced if they become broken. That is why we paid an arm and a leg for the set. Giggles. Elizabeth
For many years Revere Ware did honor a lifetime warranty. And then it became 25 years. And then unfortunately they shut down the brand and no longer provide any warranty replacement.