New Calphalon Contemporary Cookware scratching
I'm new here and coming from the world of non-stick. For our wedding, we received a nice (and pricey) set of Calphalon Contemporary stainless steel cookware. It has a lovely brushed metal patina. We just started cooking on it and have been gentle with it. However, we have been noticing that the inside bottom of the pans are developing scratches. Tonight, when cooking in one of the sauce pans, a nylon/plastic cooking spoon put an ugly one inch scratch in the bottom. All we were doing was lightly stirring. The spoon might have had a bit of a seam to it, but nothing sharp or as hard as a metal utensil. We don't dare use our metal utensils now, even though Calphalon says metal utensils are fine for this cookware.
Is this common and natural? I can't feel the scratch with my fingernail, but it runs counter to the brushed metal design (so stands out) and doesn't come out with Barkeeper's friend, either. I know pans are meant to use and cook in, but is this to be expected of stainless steel --- the bottom getting scratched up over time? To the point they all blend in? ;P
Thanks for welcoming me to this community and offering your thoughts!