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Very informative post.
I have been researching cookware for some time now and thought I would share (in an attempt to "payback" for the wealth of knowledge that this site has provided, thank you) what I have stumbled across.
When I first started my searching process I went down the All-Clad road. However, as I much as I enjoy attempting to cook (I am an amateur) I just could not justify the sticker price. What I discovered is that All-Clad runs a huge sale on their cookware twice a year, once in June and once in December. These events are held in PA. All-Clad sells what they call "irregulars". This is their cookware that did not meet their QA due to some aesthetic blemish. Discounts from what I have found run between 40% - 66% off.
I live in WI and with the events being in PA, I don't think this trip would be cost effective unless I was to purchase a lot of cookware. So I did some more searching and I found a company that sells these irregulars via their website. The discounts are obviously not as steep but still very good, if I recall correctly it is 33%. The name of the site is Cookware & More.
Then I found a restaurant supply store in my area and discovered cookware made by Royal Industries. I was very impressed with the weight, construction and tight fitting lids. So I did some more searching and ran across a site that carries Royal Industries and also Update International cookware. The name of that site is Food Service Warehouse.
When comparing the specs of these two lines of cookware, it appears to me that Royal Industries gets a slight edge. Simply because of thickness and weight.
I saw a post in this thread that associated 18/10 and 18/8 as a measurement of thickness. However, that is not the case. Those numbers indicate the percent of chromium and nickel in the stainless steel respectively. In order to determine the thickness and weight of cookware you would want to know its gauge (think electrical wiring). The lower the gauge, the thicker and heavier the material.
So I hope some of this helps somebody. Thanks again for the wealth of knowledge that you have imparted.