Hello, Belkraft …. Here’s a great story for you! (Sept.’06)
When my daughter was 2 (in 1964), a door-to-door salesman rang my doorbell, and pitched your cookware set. From looking at your website, I believe it was either a 19- or 23-piece set. If I bought the cookware, a set of china, service for 8, was thrown in for free. And if I bought the completer set (platters, gravy dishes, sugar/creamer, etc.), matching stainless steel flatware and crystal (both service for 8) was thrown in for free. To make a long story short, I think I paid $23.85 a month for quite a while.
My daughter now has the china. The crystal pretty much got broken. The flatware is missing many pieces. But that cookware has lasted all this time, and is only a bit scratched, but I only had one needed repair – the handle on the lid to the dutch oven came off and my brother-in-law had to fix it for me (this was within the last couple of years). It still cleans up remarkably well with a little Scotch-Brite on the inside and bottom, and I clean the shiny outside with a past of flour and vinegar and buff to a bright shine.
Needless to say, I have never regretted my purchase! You guys make a terrific product, and I expect my daughter to use it for over 40 years after she gets it, which I hope will be many years from now.
So, 40 years after the fact, I want to thank you for making such a fine set of cookware. Sincerely,