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Looking for "SS" Brand Japanese Blue Carbon Steel Pans

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Looking for "SS" Brand Japanese Blue Carbon Steel Pans

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Jvsgabriel | | Sep 8, 2010 10:19 AM

Hi All,
I am wondering if anyone knows where I might buy some Japanese made blue carbon steel pans? I recently went to a restaurant supply store here in San Diego, which specializes in Asian cookware (Chef City, off of Clairmont Mesa Blvd). Where I spotted a carbon blue steel pan made by the Japanese company "SS", or pronounced as "esu esu" in Japanese.

I took a chance as the 26cm pan was only $20.00 and some change. It is a very nice pan, much lighter than comparable French pans, Matfers, de Buyer, but still has the heft that I am looking for. 26cm diameter, 2.3mm thickness, with riveted "V" shaped metal handle with about 1" high sides, so it's great for some sauteing or even a crepe pan in a pinch. And also much less expensive at well.

Here's the problem, Chef City's supplier for this pan has gone out of business, and I am having a tough time finding these pans in San Diego. I have tried to find them at the local Marukai Japanese grocery store, but they don't carry the frying pan. They do carry at 36cm wok and also a 24cm tempura pan (i bought both, really inexpensive for quality cookware). But it seems they can't get the frying pans either.

Here is a website in Japan which has some interesting details on a similar pan, and also a slightly different way to season, seems to be used in Asia a lot, much like how you would season a wok. Very high temperatures for a long time, then adding oil and burning it into the pan. I would suggest you type the website into the google search, and then hitting the "translate this page" option, unless you can read Japanese. Here is the site: copy and paste this in google search.

www11.plala.or.jp/taka-lab/20041128-fly-pan/frying-pan.html

(note no dot after www) It should pop up as the first hit on the search.

Let me know what you think of these pans, I know that I really like them, as mine has already turned a nice black, and is almost as non-stick as non-stick, I like to call it stick resistant. Also the translation is very rough, and often very funny. Or if you have any suggestions for a different brand. Thanks in advance.

Joel

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