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De Buyer pan handles - flat iron or rounded steel?

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.

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  1. < 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. 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.

      1. 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. <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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          1. re: petek

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

            1. re: petek

              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

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

            2. 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.