The Pan Handler sells the finest in vintage and antique collectible cast iron cookware. We have been featured in Taste of the South (Jan./Feb. 2015 cast iron issue), Country Living Magazine (Nov. 2014), Playboy – that’s right, Playboy! (Jan. 2014), and Sporting Life Magazine (July 2013). Our brands include Griswold, Wagner, Wapak, Favorite, and Lodge, as well as a variety of other manufacturers. We have a particular emphasis on Griswold pieces. We carry skillets, griddles, covers and lids, dutch ovens, gem and muffin pans, patty molds, waffle irons, and much much more.
We are very particular about the pieces that we sell. We spend many hours working on each individual piece from receipt to sale to ensure that we are offering the finest vintage cast iron available. Our goal is to provide top quality and complete customer satisfaction.
We source collectible and valuable vintage pieces from across the country. We then meticulously clean each piece to bare iron using several different processes. Our cleaning process often takes weeks to complete. After each piece is cleaned we heat-season it in two stages; each stage takes several hours. We then again carefully examine each piece, and thoroughly describe it in its sale listing. We take many photos of each piece in daylight, so that you can completely view all aspects of each piece. We strive to be complete and precise in our listings so that you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase a piece from The Pan Handler. We want you to be well-informed about and delighted with your purchase.
If you have any questions about our pieces, please email us through the “contact” link located at the bottom of the page. In the FAQs section at the bottom of this page we also have information about selection, cleaning and care of vintage cast iron, as well as links to help you get started with any personal cast iron research you wish to do.
We have additional inventory on eBay and Etsy. You can also connect with us on our Facebook page. Check out our feedback on eBay. We work hard to provide you with excellent pieces that you and your children and grandchildren will use and enjoy for many years to come. Check back often; we are constantly adding new inventory. Thanks for stopping – we hope you will enjoy your visit!
****GIFT WRAP OPTION****
We offer gift wrapping in a rustic burlap bag or burlap fabric. Gift wrapping costs $10 per piece. Each piece is first protected by bubble wrap (not boxed). It is then wrapped in burlap cloth or a burlap bag, and tied shut with raffia and / or twine. During November and December, we include a Fair Trade Nepalese felted ornament. Please see the photos below for examples of the rustic gift wrap option.
When you purchase gift wrap, we also include a tag that has care instructions for vintage cast iron purchased from The Pan Handler. We also include an informational sheet about vintage cast iron purchased from The Pan Handler and the identification of the particular piece purchased, so that the recipient knows just how special the gift is that they have just received! We are also happy to enclose a handwritten gift note; just let us know in the “customer comments” section of your order that you would like a note, and how you want the note to read.
****NEW PRODUCT MADE FOR THE PAN HANDLER – CHAIN MAIL SCRUBBERS****
Just in time for the Holiday season, we are offering a premium-sized 6″ x 7″ stainless steel chain mail scrubber. We tested several different sizes, and had the scrubber made precisely to our specifications. While smaller sizes are less expensive, they were harder for me to use. This is a generously-sized scrubber. Cooks Illustrated Magazine gave chain mail scrubbers their “Recommended” designation in the January / February 2012 issue. I am a new convert! See the video below to see our scrubber in action (hit the speaker on the control bar if you’d like to mute the sound).
****HAND-KNIT AND FELTED 100% WOOL HIGH-QUALITY PANHANDLERS****
We have contracted with a talented knitter to provide us with carefully crafted beautiful custom-fit wool felted panhandlers. The panhandlers are specifically made to fit the vintage skillets that we sell.
Each panhandler is hand-knit using two strands of quality 100% wool yarn. They are then individually felted using a time-consuming decades-old technique. The felting process helps to provide thickness and additional insulation to each panhandler.
After felting, each panhandler is fitted specifically to our cast iron skillets. The panhandlers work as small handle covers to protect your hand from the heat of the cast iron skillet. They are fine, quality, items. We have a limited quantity. You can find them here.