Originally Posted by el_matt
Update, I just grabbed an wooden handled EE('99) date code Silver(FREE). She only has one handle. Goes with the year 2000 theory. So if I'm understanding correctly, there's really no "set in stone" reason as to why they did that. To really change things up, she has daisy-wheel vents, not the One-Touch system. What's up with that? My H date code('86) has the One-Touch. I love 'em, but I think I'm more confused now.
They did have the one touch before 2000, but it was mostly on the master touch (now the one touch gold). They might have had it on the one touch silver equivalent, but I'm not sure. The bar-b-kettle, which is no longer produced, is the model that did not come with the one touch system.
Either way, the entry level model- silver or its previous equivalent, went to a single handle on the sides around the year 2000 (give or take a year or two) in order to save costs.