I followed the instructions of use and care to a T. I wanted a nonstick that was safe for one's health, so I bought the 12" one in particular because of its size and it claimed it as "non-toxic". Though I never used it on high flame, it has consistently given off a toxic-like odor while heated. I don't know if it's the outside or the inside of the pan, but it does concern me it may be a health risk, either by eating or by breathing it in. I have used the pan approximately 10 times over a period of about two years, and only for toasted cheese sandwiches and for fried eggs which cooked both properly. To date, I haven't had any of the other complaints mentioned by other users. Meanwhile, I will continue primarily using my stainless or cast iron cookware, and only rarely the Blue Diamond skillet. I will be listening closely for updates on the suitability of this skillet, particularly with respect to any possible toxicity.
Length of Use: 1–2 years
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend