It took some effort, but we designed a handle that will stay cool for loner.
With the help of our industrial designer Boris Crowther we created the most comfortable and functional handle ever cast onto a piece of cookware.
The 10.5” is our second-generation design and came after several experiments with handle design. The top priority was how it fit and how it felt in the hand. We noted that many types of cookware change the handle size throughout the range of sizes – this seemed odd since the size and shape of your hand does not change. You will find the same handle design on all our cookware no matter what the size of the cookware is.
Through practice we learned that by having a mass of iron at the end of the handle was the best way to keep it from getting hot on the stove top. Heat is not able to transfer through the thin section of iron at the forked connection to heat up the larger mass of iron at the end of the handle. No other casting method can achieve a design like this. In sand casting, the iron would freeze in the narrow sections, not completely filling the handle cavity. With lost wax casting the molds are pre-heated before the liquid iron is poured in allowing the mold to fill all the way before the iron solidifies.
We loved the design so much, we made a matching handle investment cast from sold 304 stainless for our carbon steel skillet and this one works even better. The solid stainless steel is MUCH slower to transfer heat than the standard die-cast handle found on most other cookware. The riveted connection also helps slow down heat transfer. Our extremely precise casting process allows fine details like the lettering on the handle. You will notice a few imperfections on the stainless handle as it is polished by hand. unlike other cookware the handle has NO plating or coating meaning that it won't ever chip or peel off.