Don't forget these...
Are the rumours true? Hatsukokoro, a reputable Japanese knife brand, has made a frying pan? One whose handle can be removed making it super convenient for storage and travel? The rumours are indeed true! 22cm of Niigata Japan craftsmanship made from 100% pig iron.
And no that isn't a typo. Pig iron is also known as crude iron. A raw iron obtained by smelting iron ore. Pig iron has a very high carbon content, and like most cast iron pans, will tarnish and oxidize if not cared for appropriately. The handle works on tension and is easy to assemble and disassemble.
To avoid warping, it is best on any type of stove especially electric, to gradually bring up the temperature whether wanting to achieve a high or lower heat.
Treat these pans like mini woks. Heat, oil, coat, toss oil, heat again, cook or hold for service in the oven while the handle remains cool on the counter.
Store dry and lightly coat the pan with a food grade oil to prevent rusting.
Steel: Pig iron
Pan Size: 22cm/8.5"
This pan is a piece of modern art. I like to cook with induction, and this is perfect for searing small cuts of meat and fish in an apartment kitchen. The removable handle is great for small spaces, and the dimpled pig iron finish is both stylish and practical for good food release ... I need to buy some Hatsukokoro knives now. They have inspired me with this great pan!
Absolutely incredible pan for searing meats. Phenomenal heat-up time on induction, amazing retention. The slightly uneven surface gives excellent crusts with no sticking and cleans easily. It's like the best of both carbon steel and cast iron, but light, and precise. The tension handle is simple but effective.
Really just an amazing piece. There's a certain beauty (aesthetically and functionally) that I can't quite express.