There’s a reason people like the classics. Not only do they represent times we’ve moved beyond, for better or worse, but they also prove that those who came before us were dedicated to the idea that a thing worth doing is worth doing right.
This is the idea that inspired Isaac Morton, Smithey Ironware’s founder, to start his premium line of cast iron cookware from Charleston, South Carolina. And it explains why buying a Smithey is an investment in quality, craftsmanship, utility and appreciation for hard work. The basic process of creating the skillet begins at a small Indiana foundry, where pans that resemble mainstream cast iron skillets are made, then shipped to Charleston, arriving in a much grainier format than you’ll see in the finished product. At Morton’s shop, thick, heavy burrs on the metal surface are milled repeatedly before a grinding and polishing of the surface is done by hand. Following this, skillets are tumbled in a tub of rocks to achieve smoothness before they are seasoned with a thin layer of oil, packaged and shipped.
While Smithey is not the only player in this field, the fact that Morton still creates these skillets and pans with his own hands, whether you choose the 10-inch No. 10 or the slightly wider No. 12, makes the brand much more than just another creator of castaway cast iron for your kitchen. Sure, it's a time- and labor-intensive undertaking for him but those efforts produce a product that is simple to use, clean and keep on your stovetop whether warming up for a home-cooked meal or to admire in the meantime.