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Feb 17, 2009 11:19 AM

Wagner Cast Iron

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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  1. 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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    1. re: happy_c

      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.

      1. re: KaimukiMan

        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.

      2. *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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        1. re: happy_c

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

          1. re: wrenhunter

            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!!!

          2. re: happy_c

            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.

            1. re: Michael K

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

              1. re: Michael K

                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.

                1. re: Beckyleach

                  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.

                2. re: Michael K

                  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

                  1. re: Michael K

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

                  2. re: happy_c

                    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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                    1. Lehman's have the Wagner cast iron skillet set on their site :

                      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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                      1. re: shaun theewe

                        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.

                        1. re: shaun theewe

                          Do they have machined interior bottoms?

                          1. re: SanityRemoved

                            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.

                            1. re: shaun theewe

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

                          2. re: shaun theewe

                            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! :-)

                            1. re: Beckyleach

                              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.