Octagonal cast iron skillet redesigned with a spring-coiled handle to pour better.

Skillet designs have gone relatively unchanged for centuries, but one Portland-based startup called Finex has crafted a 12″ Cast Iron Skillet that sports an octagonal shape, a quick-cooling wire-spring handle, and a beautiful CNC-machined interior. Founder Mike Whitehead struggled to find well-finished cast iron skillets that didn’t command an outrageous price, which is why he experimented with his own until he was happy.

I own an embarrassingly large collection of vintage cast-iron cookware,” says Finex founder Mike Whitehead. “For the past two years, I’ve been hacking my personal cookware—cutting it, machining it, grinding and polishing it as well as running some metallurgical tests.

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