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Wagner Cast Iron

MikeB3542 Feb 17, 2009 11:19 AM

Curious if anyone has picked up any of the "new" Wagner cast iron (available from American Culinery). They appear to offer both a plain finish and a polished finish. The website is not clear whether they are still USA made. Despite the pretty picture of Lady Liberty on the home page, my spidey senses tingle a little. FWIW, they appear to have resurrected the Magnelite line also.

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    happy_c RE: MikeB3542 Feb 18, 2009 03:02 AM

    I just ordered a polished skillet from them. The confirmation page says it'll take 3 weeks to fill the order, so I won't be able to answer your question for a while (I *assume* that there'll be a "Made in _________" somewhere on the packaging).

    Looking around the Web, I've run into reports from people who ordered from AC and never got their products. We'll see if that happens here.

    I opted for the polished finish in the hope that it'll yield a better non-stick surface (eventually) than my lumpy, bumpy new Lodge skillet.

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      WaysToSaveMoney RE: happy_c Apr 7, 2013 01:10 PM

      It's been over 4 years since happy_c has stated he/she ordered the polished skillet and no update. I'm assuming the comment and promise was forgotten but hoping happy_c will get an email that I posted here and will be reminded to post an update. Like so many others who compare Wagner to Lodge (and others) I too wanted a polished pan for the superior non-stick. I would pay extra for this if manufacturers would just wake up and do it. The average cook or consumer doesn't have the machinery it takes to high polish cast iron so we must rely on the manufacturer to sell one.

    2. KaimukiMan RE: MikeB3542 Feb 18, 2009 05:20 AM

      Kinda Hard to find on-line


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        WaysToSaveMoney RE: KaimukiMan Apr 7, 2013 01:06 PM

        Just looked over the entire wagner website and found these red flags: no complete description of items (no explanation of what they mean by "polished" for example), many items have no photos (just graphic images), no statement of where the items are made, and much of the text makes no sense or is written in a confusing manner which means it appears to have been written in another language and then translated to English (which screams of items not being made in the U.S.) which matters a great deal to me.

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        happy_c RE: MikeB3542 Feb 22, 2009 03:46 AM

        *sigh* Just got an e-mail from American Culinary saying they're out of stock and don't know when they'll have any more. I recall reading a post on a board somewhere (not at Chow) where someone else said they got the same e-mail from them in 2005. My guess is that they've discontinued the line and have been ridiculously slow about updating the site.

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          wrenhunter RE: happy_c Feb 24, 2009 03:21 PM

          Too bad. I have an older (c. 2000) set of 3 cast iron Wagner pans that have served me very well.

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            happy_c RE: wrenhunter Feb 24, 2009 05:03 PM

            What tees me off is that they haven't bothered to take the item off their site, or even mention that it's out of stock. They've had at least four years to update the listing!!!

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            Michael K RE: happy_c Jan 8, 2010 06:20 PM

            I have talked to the owner of the company and he told me that they still make them. They bought the old dyes from Wagner and Griswald. I just ordered one today the 13 1/2" polished. They have Griswald on the site but when you click on it Wagner comes up.

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              meatme RE: Michael K Jan 9, 2010 04:24 PM

              Do you know whether they are also making and selling Magnalite Pro?

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                Beckyleach RE: Michael K Jan 10, 2010 10:54 AM

                Ah, but WHERE do they make them?

                By all accounts I've read, LODGE is the only cast iron line still made in America. Caveat Emptor.

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                  Politeness RE: Beckyleach Jan 10, 2010 02:04 PM

                  Beckyleach: "By all accounts I've read, LODGE is the only cast iron line still made in America."

                  I THINK that Olvida is made in the U.S.ofA. -- but I guess that there is a definitional issue whether it is cast iron. Lodge enameled cast irn is manufactured in the PRC.

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                  castironqueen RE: Michael K Mar 21, 2010 08:41 AM

                  Wow, you talked to the owner. Awesome! I am want to purchase some cast iron skillet but the order didn't go through and I began to wonder if they really have the products. I am from Brazil, Cast Iron cooking began as part of my life since 2005, I all my pots and pans are cast iron and I need some more size varieties as I am always inviting friends over to try out my food. Do you have any suggestion of where to buy Wagner Cast iron products? Would you please let us know when you get the piece you order at their web site. As soon as I hear from you I will purchase or try to purchase some more. Thanks, Adriana

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                    Eivuwan RE: Michael K Apr 19, 2010 10:29 PM

                    Please update us on the skillet when you get it. I'm looking forward to buying one.

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                    WaysToSaveMoney RE: happy_c Apr 7, 2013 01:11 PM

                    As of April 7 2013 they now have Wagner pans available but no way of knowing where they are made if you go by their website. Their facebook page says made in the United States but they have not posted anything to their fb page in 4 years, have not replied to anyone, and they have a bad rep all over the net so I for one will not buy new Wagner or any other product this company makes. I will only buy old Wagner in garage sales if I can find them.

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                    shaun theewe RE: MikeB3542 Jul 14, 2010 06:18 PM

                    Lehman's have the Wagner cast iron skillet set on their site : http://www.lehmans.com/store/Kitchen_...

                    The set is identified : Tough, rugged and USA made since 1891.

                    It appears to be a genuine site with lots of interesting stuff.

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                      shaun theewe RE: shaun theewe Jul 21, 2010 07:14 PM

                      I received my set of Wagner cast iron skillets today from Lehman's.

                      The 10 1/2 inch and 6 1/2 inch both have deeply stamped on the outside base : Wagner's 1981 Original. Cast Iron Cookware. Seasoning Instructions (a list of 4). Made In USA.

                      The 8 inch skillet has engraved : Wagner. Sidney-Ohio-USA.

                      I'm chuffed, but wondering how to shlep them all from San Diego to the UK.

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                        SanityRemoved RE: shaun theewe Jul 22, 2010 04:55 AM

                        Do they have machined interior bottoms?

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                          shaun theewe RE: SanityRemoved Aug 3, 2010 06:06 PM

                          The interior bottoms are not machined.
                          The entire surface, inside and out, is rough.
                          There is some smoothening to the inner and outer edge of the pan rims, as well as to the margin of the thumb part of the handle.
                          The box is printed in English with smaller print French and Spanish translation.

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                            SanityRemoved RE: shaun theewe Aug 3, 2010 06:16 PM

                            No, it's great info to have since none of the pictures I have seen were of sufficient resolution. Thank you.

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                          Beckyleach RE: shaun theewe Jul 23, 2010 07:34 AM

                          IF you meant to type "Wagner's 1891" original, that is older stock made just before the company went under as a U.S. firm. It's okay, but still quite rough and heavy compared to true, vintage Wagner ware.

                          Those pans have been waiting for you to buy them for about twenty years or more! :-)

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                            shaun theewe RE: Beckyleach Aug 3, 2010 06:20 PM

                            Oops! Sorry about the nearly century error.
                            Yes, they are rough, but I am looking forward to putting in the time and effort required to achieve proper seasoning.
                            I shall hang them for display in my kitchen in the UK to remind me of Lehman's and the Amish and things USA.

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                        lullabyemoon RE: MikeB3542 Feb 4, 2012 06:05 PM

                        Just went to American culinery website and my antivirus just sent me a red flag and had to quarantine a virus. Based on comments from others here and my antivirus' advice, I advise everyone to STAY AWAY FROM AMERICAN CULINERY!

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                          ArtH RE: lullabyemoon May 10, 2012 03:54 PM

                          I went to their site a few weeks ago (after spending way too much time trying to determine if they still exist) and tried to place an order and the site blew up. Later, I was clearing out messages on the home phone and they had called about my order and left me a phone number (440-602-7800).

                          I called today and all their agents were busy so I left a message and gave them my cell number.

                          I also went to their site and sent them a message.

                          I will let everyone know. I am interested in their Magnalite roasters.

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                            Michael K RE: ArtH May 10, 2012 06:10 PM

                            I had talked to the owner a couple of years ago and he said that they still made them with polished bottoms and I ordered one on line which never arrived. Later his daughter who rented an apartment from me said that they were no longer available. I had asked her to have her dad contact me but he never did so I never got the full story but I doubt we will ever see them again.

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                              ArtH RE: Michael K May 10, 2012 11:02 PM

                              Someone From Culinary Cookware called me the other day. I am hoping they are still alive.

                              I ordered one from eBay to continue my testing of pot roast sandwiches.

                              I hope they are alive. I was reading stuff on the web and they were looking for investors years ago so they could build an inventory. So I think inventory is their issue. I am waiting for them to respond.

                              We will see. FYI. I got a used one on eBay (the 4265-P) a few days ago and it will be here in a few days.

                              I am a softy on American made stuff. However, I would like a new one that is just as good as an old one. We will see. And I will let you know.

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