For the serious cook it would seem that well-know brands like All-Clad and Le Creuset are the only options in heavy-duty, reliable and beautifully stylish cookware. But think again.
The Tools line was created in 1998 by Swedish designer Bjorn Dahlstrom for the Hackman company, which has been producing quality cookware and cutlery in Finland since 1790 and is distributed by Iittala, a homewares company that represents the best of stylish and contemporary Scandinavian design. Although they are attractive enough to go from the oven to an elegant dinner table, don't think these pots and pans are an exercise in style over substance. Like All-Clad, it features a multi layer technique of aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel which is excellent for even heat distribution.
The line consists of saucepans, sauteuses, and casseroles in various sizes, as well as rectangular oven roasting pans in two sizes. The saucepans and casseroles feature tight-fitting lids and have measuring marks etched on their interiors. Prices can range from $165 to over $400, but a lot of sellers tend to offer deals. Hackman also offer a number of cast iron pieces in the range - a 10 inch and a 12.5 inch round fry pan ($160 and $170), a square grill pan ($175), and a 5 quart casserole ($190). If it seems like an obscene amount to spend on cookware, you can rest assured that you will be able to pass it on to your grandchildren.