I'm 69 years old and my mother ironed my sheets and diapers with this iron's twin. She owned 2 and this noe remains new-in-box, never used. No rust, pits or corrosion and the sole looks flawless. In 1946, these were made by general mills, promoted by betty crocker and named tru heat.
Why does this iron out perform all the others here is what janice ferguson says. Temperaturehot enough to press heavy linen flat and flawlessly, it could probably melt the bumper on a ford truck. New irons never reach the temperature of a tru heat.Shapethe football shape allows you to iron forward or backward. This is not a feature that i would have ever sought or thought useful. But once i began using the football iron i found myself ironing all directions, very efficiently. Solei have no idea what magic was employed to create this sole to which starch almost refuses to stick. On average, i go through a can of niagra original spray starch a week. Starch sticks only if the iron is not yet hot enough. I clean the surface once every 8-12 months. The weight does the pressing. It is not necessary to press, only to glide slowly. By today's standards, 3 1/2 lbs.
But compared to tru heat's precursor, the flat iron, this weight must have seemed airy. Surfacethe sole surface has no holes. Unlike steam irons, there is no place for starch to hole up and, at some inopportune later time, cause a stain on your most important project in the most conspicuous place.