I've done a lot of searching through the forums and I haven't found anything about this, but forgive me if this is redundant - I know there are a ton of conversations already.
Most of what I've seen have to do with initial seasoning and general usage/reviews. My question and concern has to do with what the pan looks like now after using it for 3 years (post title says 2, but now that I'm thinking it has actually been 3).
I have two carbon pans - an 8 inch and a 12 inch. The 8 inch gets less use, and has developed a nice dark patina sort of finish. It's not incredibly "non stick" but it's pretty stick resistant and cleans up easy enough. This pan to me seems to have developed as expected.
The 12 inch, however, looks odd to me. It's been used a lot, and in more high-heat situations. I has developed a completely black sort of carbon "coating" or something. You can't really see the base material except for certain spots where the carbon coating hasn't developed. This coating is pretty dern non-stick, but at times bits seem to flake off, which is my concern.
Is this coating normal? Or his this from improper use? I've thought about trying to remove all seasoning and starting over, but I don't think this stuff will come off - at least not easily.
I don't have any good pictures of this right now but I can try to take some if needed. Thanks in advance!