My dad has used the same cast iron skillet for as long as I can remember. Once, he forgot and left it heating on the stove. It turned orange (yes, THAT'S hot!) and cracked in half. My dad's devotion was such that he took the two halves out to the garage and welded it back together. That was at least 15 years ago and the skillet is as good as ever. So I'm sure you can understand the horror I felt when I unpacked my own cookware (pictured above) after it had been in storage for 18 months! Obviously, I had to bring it back to its former glory.