Copper State Forge
12" Octagon Carbon Steel Skillet - Hand Forged
12" Octagon Carbon Steel Skillet - Hand Forged
Our 12” Hand forged octagon skillet boasts the largest cooking surface in the collection. This pans generous size is ideal for searing large roasts, multiple chicken breasts or steaks, or browning over 4lbs of ground meat. Superb for baking a gratin, shallow meat roasting, or pan pizza.
In a quest to reimagine the traditional skillet, we began forging polygon shapes. We quickly discovered that an octagonal-shaped skillet provides ambidextrous pour spouts at just the perfect locations, and looks modern and elegant on display in any kitchen. This pan is ideal for the chef that also enjoys baking; the eight-sided shape is perfect for portioning out cornbread, pizza, and other baked goods.
Your investment is guaranteed for life!
All Copper State Forge cookware is guaranteed for life. If you need a repair or guidance on any issue regarding your skillet or cookware please email us directly to discuss. This guarantee does not cover abuse, rust as a result of neglect, improper maintenance, or warping from use on incorrectly sized burners.
We have a 15-day return policy, which means you have 15 days after receiving your item to request a return.
To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, and in its original packaging.
To start a return, please email us at CopperStateForge@gmail.com with "Return" as the subject of the email.
If your return is accepted, we’ll send you instructions on how and where to send your package. Items sent back to us without first requesting a return will not be accepted.
You can always contact us for any return question at CopperStateForge@gmail.com.
We will notify you once we’ve received and inspected your return, and let you know if the refund was approved or not. If approved, you’ll be automatically refunded on your original payment method within 10 business days. Please remember it can take some time for your bank or credit card company to process and post the refund too.
If more than 15 business days have passed since we’ve approved your return, please contact us at CopperStateForge@gmail.com.
How do I start using my Copper State Forge skillet?
Your Copper State Forge pan comes preseason and ready for cooking. Start with a simple hand-washing with hot water and a non-metallic scrubber. Use oil or fat when cooking in your new skillet to prevent sticking and continue the seasoning process.
How often do I have to re-season my skillet?
Re Seasoning is not something you have to do on any sort of regular basis. By simply cooking in the pan and following the simple cleaning and maintenance steps, you are keeping the pan seasoned and building up additional seasoning.
The color of my skillet has developed light and dark spots, does that mean it isn't non-stick?
Don't worry, your hand forged pan is still non-stick, even as it goes through it's slow metamorphosis to that slick jet-black pinnacle of pandom that we are all striving for.
What if something sticks to my skillet? What is the best way to clean it off?
Even though carbon steel is the best all-natural non-stick alternative, we will be the first to acknowledge that occasionally stick happens. The main thing is to start light and only get as aggressive as necessary to get the sticky part off. A great place to start is by putting water in the bottom of your pan, heat it up and gently scrape the stick with a wood or plastic spatula. We also find that the ScrubDaddy type scrubber sponges work well. If that doesn't get the job done you can try putting a little oil and kosher salt in the pan to scrub the offending spot smooth. When you are finished removing the stuck-on food, don't forget to rinse out the pan, warm it up to dry it and re-oil it.
How long will my skillet last?
Your pan was designed and hand forged to last more than a lifetime. Just follow our simple care instructions to enjoy decades of daily use.
What is the “seasoning” made of?
We use 100% grape seed oil to season our pans and cookware. When heated above it’s smoking point, the grape seed oil polymerizes into your skillet, making a non-toxic and natural cooking surface with non-stick capabilities.
Can I use my skillet for outdoor cooking?
Yes. Your pan is designed to take the heat! Feel free to use your pan on the grill, in the smoker, over open flame, or in the pizza oven.
Can I use my skillet on an electric glass stove top and/or induction?
Yes! You can use your pan on electric, induction, or gas stove tops. When utilizing an electric or induction cook surface, we suggest you use a skillet that is sized appropriately to your burner to prevent warping.
Can my skillet go into the oven?
Yes. Your carbon steel pan is designed to be used for baking, roasting, and taking the high heat of your kitchen oven or pizza oven.
What kind of oil should I use to season my skillet?
We use 100% grape seed oil to pre-season our pans. Any vegetable oil with a high smoking point will work just fine (i.e., grape seed, avocado oil, flaxseed oil). While cooking you can use any type of oil, butter, or fat you desire.
Someone put my skillet in the dishwasher/ was left with water in it. Is it ruined?
No, it is not ruined. Your seasoning may be gone or damaged, but your pan will recover. Wash it thoroughly with hot soapy water and follow our seasoning instructions to make your pan non-stick again.
It looks like my new skillet arrived scratched or has small imperfections in it. What do I do?
Due to the nature of hand forging, your pan may have scratches, small dimples and dents on the cooking surface and sides; we refer to these as birthmarks, and they are what makes your skillet one-of-a-kind. We perform a thorough quality inspection during the seasoning process and prior to shipping to make sure that your skillet does not have any blemishes that would affect the cooking performance of your pan.
Can carbon steel warp?
Yes, it is possible. If you use an electric ceramic or electric induction stove top it is important to match the size of your pan to your burner. If you superheat only a small portion of your skillet by using an undersized burner, it can warp. There are remedies if this happens to you.
Can I cook tomato sauce in my carbon steel skillet?
We advise against cooking tomato sauces and other acidic foods in your carbon steel pan for prolonged periods. Although not harmful to you or your food, the acidity may remove the seasoning from your pan, and it will need to be reasoned.
My skillet rocks a little, and when I add oil it goes to the edges, is this normal?
Yes. As your pan heats the metal expands the most directly at the heat source. We anticipate this expansion by adding a slight convex to our pans (slightly higher in the center). When cooking on low heat, this will cause oil to run to the edges, but when cooking on high heat the skillet will mostly flatten out and stay firmly in place. If there is no convex, your pan will begin to form a bowl shape on bottom when heated, which can cause the skillet to easily spin on flat cooking surfaces. Some skillets have a more concentric convex (only in the center) and others, especially larger skillets, will sometimes also have a longitudinal convex (through the middle from one side to the other). In either case, some wobble may be present when used on a completely flat cooking surface, but will reduce as heat is added.
Advanced Heat Control
Professional chefs have been using carbon steel pans for centuries due to its thermal conductive properties that outperform cast iron and stainless steel. This allows for a more intentional control of heat to help achieve the perfect sear on your steak and veggies.
Lightweight and Ergonomic
Carbon steel skillets are up to 40% lighter than comparable cast-iron pans. Our blacksmiths utilize a reverse fullering forging technique endowing our handles with an elegant and overall comfortable shape. The handle’s elongated and elevated design maximizes heat dissipation, keeping them cooler and safer to handle while on the stovetop.
Easy to Maintain
Caring for a carbon steel skillet is relatively simple, but it does require some maintenance. Typically, you can just wipe your skillet out after cooking, however, you may need to occasionally re-season all or part of your skillet to keep it in tip-top shape. For your convenience, we have provided simple seasoning instructions on our Care page.
Cook, Bake or Grill
Copper State Forge Carbon Steel skillets are designed and forged to be the ultimate tool in any cooking situation. In the kitchen, they are perfect for use on gas, electric, and induction ranges, and in the oven. Outdoors, our pans are
ideal for open fire cooking, on the grill, and in the smoker or pizza oven.
All Natural Non-Stick
Seasoned with grape seed oil for a natural Non-Stick coating. No toxic chemicals.
Help keep worn "Non-Stick" pans out of the landfill by reseasoning our pans for a lifetime.
Quality you can rely on for generations.
Made in the USA
Hand forged locally in Goodyear AZ USA
Beautifully hand built in Arizona to last a lifetime
All Copper State Forge skillets are handmade in our small workshop in Goodyear, Arizona.
We combine the forging techniques of 17th and 18th-century blacksmiths with the precision of CNC plasma cutting technology. Each part is cut out and hand-forged individually. Our use of premium cold-rolled 1018 carbon steel guarantees optimum performance.
Each pan receives handcrafted refinement to ensure quality and durability that is destined to serve for several generations.
Check out our YouTube for an in-depth look into our forging process.