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We use only domestic 14 gauge cold rolled copper, which is 8 times stronger than the annealed copper used by the imports. No worries about denting with use. Sinks will not deform during shipping. They will arrive true and square at the precise dimensions noted on your drawing.
Also... Pet friendly!
What you see is our 22 year old copper sink. The only maintenance required to keep your sink looking great is rinse after use and do not leave items in the sink. It is that simple. You can leave things in the sink, however, doing so will temporarily disturb the patina. The patina, is part of the sink's natural evolution, telling the story of its use and lending it a unique beautiful character.
" I love your sinks because they are EASY to take care of (yes- I am lazy). I used to have a stainless steel sink in my kitchen and the smudge marks used to drive me crazy. I really don't do much to keep my sinks looking beautiful now- I simply rinse them out with soap and water while washing my dishes. Nothing else!!!!" Jessie
"Paint" with ketchup and a paint brush and the patina temporarily vanishes. The sink will re-patina over the next several days simply by using the sink. The speed in which the sink will re-patina has a bit to do with how much you use the sink and what type of water you have. The more minerals in the water, the faster it will change. You truly cannot permanently damage the interior of our copper sinks.
Our copper sinks are designed to be as functional as they are beautiful. All of our sinks have the capability of placing a half sheet pan on the step or ledge, which means freeing up even more counterspace. Your countertops become almost obsolete. Merely dust your countertops from now on!
Even a deep intentional cut vanishes in just a few weeks in the bowl of our copper sink. Middle photo is after two weeks, bottom photo is after 4 weeks. The cut is still in the copper. However, the "self healing" properties of the copper act as camouflage. You never have to worry!
I did this to a working sink in our showroom. Once the patina healed, I told visitors if they could point to the deep cut, they could have their sink for free!
Copper is an amazing conductor of heat. Simply place your frozen food on the copper to thaw it.
Copper also has phenomenal antimicrobial properties.
The ice melts in 6 minutes on the copper and 46 minutes on the stainless.
Less than a year old, this sink will never look good again. We have replaced countless imported copper sinks with unnatural finishes. Copper "wants" to be the color of an old penny. Note the flat bottom! This is the reason most imports require you to dry the sink after each use. If water pools in the same area, it will leave a permanent blemish. This is not a concern with our sinks.
There is no intrinsic benefit to hammering a cold rolled copper sink. Our sinks are genuinely hand hammered with a ball pein hammer. Choose this if you like the look! Scroll to bottom of page for an explanation.
The aftermath... Being Italian, we eat salad last. We had guests help us load the dishwasher and the sink was not rinsed and left over pieces of salad and vinegar were not rinsed away. Most of our customers would not find this objectionable, as the sink would have some gorgeous patterns in the patina the following day. I, on the other hand, do not care for my sink to look like this.
I simply take the sponge you see in the photo with the ScotchBrite side down and I scrub over the bottom of the sink using only warm water until most of the patina is gone. You will see some scratches initially, however the following day they should be mostly invisible. I suggest that you remove the bottom patina ONLY. Do not remove the patina on the sides. The sides of the sink do not get enough activity to rapidly regenerate the patina.
This is a video illustrating how simple it is to go over the bottom of one of our copper sinks with a ScotchBrite pad. It took me only 60 seconds in my 24" sink.
The most difficult time of a new Rachiele copper sink owner is the first few months. Why? everyone thinks they should baby the sink. Once they realize they can do virtually anything in the sink, without worry, the good times roll!
This is an older video, however it does highlight some of the vast differences between our copper sinks and sinks you might find elsewhere.
Two Very Different Types of Pure Copper
Annealed and cold-rolled copper are two different types of copper with distinct properties and uses. Annealed copper has a reddish-brown color and a slightly rough texture, while cold-rolled copper has a smoother surface and a more uniform color.
Annealed copper has been heated to a high temperature and then allowed to cool slowly. This process makes the copper soft and malleable, which means it can be easily shaped and formed. Annealed copper is often used in electrical wiring and electronics, as it can be easily bent and twisted to fit into tight spaces. This is the type of copper the vast majority of, if not all, imported copper sinks are made of.
On the other hand, cold-rolled copper has been rolled through a series of rollers while it is at or below room temperature. This process makes the copper stronger and harder, but also less malleable than annealed copper. Cold-rolled copper is often used in applications where strength and durability are important. We use only cold rolled pure domestic copper! This is just one way we ensure our sinks will stand the test of time.
Zero radius sinks have a reputation for being difficult to clean. Fortunately we have solved that issue! Our smooth welding methods ensure you won't have food stuck in the corners.