Veg chefs are about to have a new way to stir fry their vegetables and whip up vegan pancakes. Finex, a new Portland start-up, has redesigned the old cast iron skillet. The octagonal shape and quick-cooling handle will prove popular for high-end chefs. If a pricetag of $195 doesn’t put you off, this could be the skillet for you.
Finex president and founder Mike Whitehead loves cast iron skillets. After collecting some old school skillets from eBay, he figured out how to improve on this classic. Hence the shape – which allows less messy pouring – and the wire-spring handle that won’t burn you.
His Kickstarter campaign is proving wildly successful. At press time, he has raised more than $33,000 – way over his goal of $25,000 – and still has 25 days to go. One reason might be that cast iron skillet enthusiasts sniffed out a deal. By backing his Kickstarter, you can get your Finex skillet for only $125.
Whitehead is making his skillets in the Pacific Northwest. Each Finex skillet weighs six to seven pounds and is pre-seasoned with organic flaxseed oil. The special CNC-machined inside makes it one silky smooth skillet. For now, Finex skillets are available online only through Whitehead’s Kickstarter campaign.