stylish and (fairly) easy to use.
Unfortunately someone in our house keeps using it for things like stirring baked beans and saucepans full of stuff and then rams it in and out of a cutlery drainer crammed full of sharp steel utensils so the once exquisite, highly polished surface now looks like it's been used for mending roads. I think it's the same person that uses the cheese slicer for scouring things out of the bottom of hot roasting tins and then leaves the handle melting on the hot tin rim. "Nobody." apparently.
Treated reasonably I would expect it to keep on looking good for quite a time - I don't actually see any of the flaking or surface disintegration many have complained of, just heavy scratching. Maybe this is from a time when the production was "better?" I bought this a good few years ago as a treat for myself - it was shiny and tactile and the baby had to go without food for a few days so i could afford it and I'd sing it to sleep every night so it felt at home.
It needs dipping in very hot water as it's being used to get a good "cut" and very hard ice cream needs to defrost for a few minutes but then it's absolutely superb.
Oh well, where's the Brasso?