New vs. vintage skillets

Are old cast iron skillets better than new?

Many cast iron users will tell you that old cast iron skillets are better than new cast iron pans. While ironware made in the late 1800s to early 1900s is popular among experienced cast...
Antique Wagner cast iron skillet cooking Okonomiyaki

Wagner Cast Iron | Wagner Ware History, Dates And Logos.

Wagner cast iron cookware is regarded by many as some of the finest examples of 19th and 20th century cast iron. Much of the cast iron is over 100 years old and still usable...
Fake Wapak skillet

Simple Guide To Your Wapak Indian Head Ironware

One of the most sought-after pieces of antique cast-iron cookware is the Indian Head logo. The Wapak Hollow Ware Company manufactured them from the early 1900s to the mid-1920s. It's a beautiful-looking logo, and I hope...
Marion cast iron skillet made by Marion Stove Company

Marion Cast Iron: Learn About Your Antique Ironware

Do you have a piece of ironware with a word on the base that reads Marion? Then, you have an antique piece of cast iron cookware from the Marion Stove Company. Unfortunately, there is little...
Should I buy a Griswold skillet?

Should I buy a Griswold Skillet? Essential Purchasing Advice.

If you are looking for an antique skillet, you will come across one name time after time: Griswold. Griswold cast iron is the name to buy among collectors and vintage cast iron cooks. But...
Antique cast iron skillet called The Favorite by Columbus Hollow Ware Company

The Favorite, Vintage Cast Iron By The Columbus Hollow Ware Co.

Do you have a piece of ironware with the words THE FAVORITE on the back? Then you have antique cast iron from the Columbus Hollow Ware Co.  The Favorite skillets and other ironware from the Columbus Hollow...
Where can you buy Griswold Cast Iron

Where Can You Buy Griswold Cast Iron? Advice For Noncollectors.

If you want a vintage cast iron skillet, you may have your heart set on one from the Griswold Manufacturing Company. As you may be aware, the company is no longer in operation, so...
Learn how to inspect a Wagner cast iron skillet.

How To Check A Wagner Cast Iron Skillet

Checking a Wagner cast iron skillet for age, defects, and collectability. Before you purchase your first Wagner skillet, it's a good idea to check the condition to ensure you'll be happy with the purchase....
How to inspect a Griswold cast iron skillet?

How to inspect a Griswold cast iron skillet?

It starts to get exciting after deciding to buy your first Griswold skillet. You can search flea markets and garage sales for those hidden treasures. But before you purchase the skillet or begin the...
Is Wagner cast Iron good?

6 Reasons Why Wagner Is Excellent Cast Iron

So much of the spotlight on vintage cast iron goes to Griswold ironware. Probably deservedly so. Griswold is undoubtedly some of the best ironware you can use. However, there is another big name in...

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