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Summary of options for handle separation repair

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.

4 Responses to Summary of options for handle separation repair

  1. Skip January 1, 2021 at 2:42 pm #

    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!).

    • RevereWareParts January 2, 2021 at 12:31 pm #

      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.

      • Jeff April 2, 2021 at 11:47 am #

        I have a 9″ Stainless Steel Copper bottom skillet where the riviets on 1 side have detached. Does anyone know somebody that does this?

  2. Alex Menard August 20, 2021 at 1:21 pm #

    Thank you for your complete and useful response

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