Shira Forge is a small blacksmith shop located in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. We create heirloom quality, forged carbon steel cookware, similar to your Grandma's cast iron skillets but better! Each pan is forged from 11 gauge carbon steel. Once the handle is forged it is riveted to the pan with two 1/4" rivets. After the pans are finished we bring them to 500 degrees for an hour to "blue" them. This creates a surface oxidation that prevents rust. While they are hot we rub them with a beeswax/ flax oil blend to preseason them. Your frying pan will arrive ready to use and with time will develop a nice dark patina.