This brand uses 5 layers of stainless steel and is compatible for induction cooktops. It is missing the poached egg cups that would go in the flat piece with the 6 holes. There are multiple resources to learn how to best use and care for this well-made and high-end cookware. This set contains the normal wear you would see in used cookware. However, there are no deep scratches or defects in any of the pieces.There is also a great blog still up from before the company became Heritage Steel.