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Old 01-04-2017, 05:54 PM
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It's in the lye now. This skillet seems to be a mystery. Can't wait to see what is under there. The handle looks more like a Wagner to me, but not quite, and the raised number indicates a totally different direction. Whatever it is, it should be a good user for him. It has a some wobble, but he bought it to be a pan he could use on the fancy outdoor grill/cooking station he built in his deck, so it should work fine. The cooking surface looks pretty smooth. Hope it stays that way when the old seasoning comes off.
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Old 01-06-2017, 03:07 PM
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Well, the mystery continues ...

I took the skillet out of the lye this afternoon to see how it was coming along. It appears the bottom has been ground. Not sure if it was a factory thing, or somebody else along the line. I'm guessing the latter. The interior of the pan is very smooth.









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Old 01-06-2017, 03:54 PM
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I wouldn't rule out the foundry it was made in doing that. But if it was done by somebody down the line, that somebody was a machinist.
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Old 01-06-2017, 09:37 PM
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I wouldn't rule out the foundry it was made in doing that. But if it was done by somebody down the line, that somebody was a machinist.

Yep, the circles on the bottom are perfectly centered and the spaces between each line is consistent. Forgot to mention, the wobble it had before, is even worse with most of the seasoning off. It's a full blown spinner now.
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:53 PM
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Better put that gunk back on, Spurgeon!
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Old 01-16-2017, 12:29 PM
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Here's the skillet after cleaning and seasoning. The bottom is a little rough, but the cooking surface is good. Even though it is a spinner it should be good for what he will be using it for. He is going to use it exclusively on his grill.





The only mark on the bottom is this dot ...

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Old 01-16-2017, 12:34 PM
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I would say the dot is just a void and not an intentional mark. Interesting how the rings from whatever apparent machining was done are in it as well. One might be tempted to guess it might have been milled to flatten the bottom. Can the marks be seen at the center of the pan to tell if they are concentric or spiral there? If not milled, the rings would have to be an artifact of something done to the pattern before molding.
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Old 01-16-2017, 12:57 PM
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Interesting how the rings from whatever apparent machining was done are in it as well. One might be tempted to guess it might have been milled to flatten the bottom. Can the marks be seen at the center of the pan to tell if they are concentric or spiral there? If not milled, the rings would have to be an artifact of something done to the pattern before molding.
It's hard to tell if they spiral out. It doesn't look like it, but the grooves in the center area are harder to see. In the right light, the bottom looks like a vinyl record ... complete with gaps between each song. Hmmm... should I put it on the old record player and see what tune it plays?

Here are a couple close-up pictures of the middle. It's hard not to get a reflection with my phone.



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Old 01-16-2017, 01:07 PM
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I don't see any "pinwheel effect" like the factory polish grinding of cooking surfaces achieved by both a spinning pan and a rotating stone grinding head. Odds are this was something done to the pattern that left marks, as I can't see how a mill head would dip into the hole.
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