Not a knife: Paderno Heavy Duty Carbon Steel 11 Inch Frying Pan
My new "Paderno Heavy Duty Carbon Steel 11 Inch Frying Pan" came last week and I've been playing around with it.
As compared to my old debuyer mineral that warped:
-It seems maybe not quite as thick or heavy (measures 3mm at the lip, but I never measured the db mineral) , but it's still plenty thick performs just as close as I cant notice a difference.
-It's very flat and sits perfectly level on my apt's annoying electric glass cook top when cold, but it does seem to change shape ever so slightly when hot: not enough to wobble, just enough so that it "spins" easily if you dont hang onto it when using the turner/spatula. No warping and it goes back to dead flat when it cools.
-The riveted handle is very similar to debuyer in terms of material and construction, the only difference is that they angle on the Padermo is much lower so it fits under the broiler much closer / better. I know that some people like the high angle of the debuyer; I never did.
-Maybe I'm just getting better at seasoning, but it took and held the seasoning much faster/ better than the debuyer. It came with a grayish finish which is apparently some type of heat-induced change/oxidation to the surface of the metal that is supposed to prevent rust when packed/ shipping. I didn't sand it down to bare, shiny metal, I just scrubbed and cleaned, and then heated it up empty once before starting the seasoning process. Maybe the seasoning likes sticking to that gray surface better than virgin iron.
-It was 1/2 the price of the db mineral...
So far, I'm very happy with it.
After some seasoning and use:
The naked handled of the Padermo is no more comforable than the non-cast debuyer, but the Padermo silicon holder is very thick, comfortable, and nicely made. It "clips" onto a detente at the end of the handle and is very secure.