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De Buyer pan handles - flat iron or rounded steel?

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cooktopia Feb 7, 2013 03:35 PM

I'm after some advice...

I'm going to buy a couple of De Buyer carbone plus skillets but noticed that they either come with flat iron handles or rounded stainless steel ones. The later are cool touch ones but I'm interested to know how hot the flat ones are likely to get as I would prefer them unless I always have to use a towel to pick the pan up.
So, any advice and/or opinion would be appreciated. Thanks.

  1. Chemicalkinetics Feb 7, 2013 03:40 PM

    < I'm interested to know how hot the flat ones are likely to get >

    Not too hot in my experience. The closer it is to the pan, the hotter it gets, but the end of the handle is pretty cool, and I have never used a towel.

    1. petek Feb 7, 2013 05:10 PM

      If you're planning to use your pan to finish in the oven,I would advise using a towel/oven mitts.For regular stove top cooking it shouldn't be a problem for either.
      I'm so used to using a towel(many years on the "line" and a few nasty burns) to handle pots or pans it's become second nature to me.

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        Tom34 Feb 7, 2013 05:32 PM

        Never had a problem with the flat iron handles on the stove top and my gas stove throws a pretty good flame. As Petek said, if you toss it in the oven to finish a towel is a good idea. Same would be true with the stainless rounded ones.

        Compared to high quality multi ply stainless, De Buyer carbon is pretty cheap. I think a 3 pc set is about $150.00 and I would go with the iron handles. They are my go to pans and my kids will be cooking on them long after I am gone.

        1. petek Feb 7, 2013 06:05 PM

          <I'm going to buy a couple of De Buyer carbone plus skillets but noticed that they either come with flat iron handles or rounded stainless steel ones>

          Just curious cooktopia.Do you have any photos or a link to the SS handled pans? Never seen one before.

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            Tom34 Feb 7, 2013 06:21 PM

            "Never seen one before" ......Neither have I. All I have ever seen from De Buyer is the flat steel handle.

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              cooktopia Feb 7, 2013 11:25 PM

              http://www.debuyer.com/product.php?id...

              I didn't find it by searching on their site... it popped up via a google search.

              1. re: cooktopia
                petek Feb 8, 2013 05:10 AM

                Interesting.I wonder if the pans are more expensive with this option?They look more comfortable than the standard handles.

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              GH1618 Feb 7, 2013 06:15 PM

              The flat handle is steel. I don't need a towel when I use my Mineral pan on the stove top. Coming out of the oven, a pot holder is needed for either type of handle.

              1. tim irvine Feb 7, 2013 06:53 PM

                I am fine with the flat ones made of steel that seems to be the same as the steel of which the pan is made. A few years ago at SLT they had Carbone skillets with CI handles similar to the ones on Mauviel's heavy copper lineup at the time. I have not seen them since. I opted for what I got because I like the Lyon look, very basic and established. It turns out I like the leverage of the thin, wide, flat handles.

                1. c
                  cooktopia Feb 7, 2013 11:27 PM

                  Thank you all for your comments and thoughts. Nice community you have hear. Looks like I may have made up my mind; I think I'll get the standard flat handles :-)

                  Thanks again y'all

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