The cast iron fry pan from Smithey Ironware Company in Charleston, SC has a glassy smooth surface that is usually the result of years of use. The pan begins as a raw casting with a sandpaper like surface. The artisans at Smithey then use hand and machine processes to smooth each pan individually until it is naturally non-stick right out of the box. Over a year went into designing the shape and features of the Smithey, from the side pour spouts to wall angles to the holes for hanging on both sides. Not only do you have an amazing cooking surface that is easy to clean and maintain, you have a beautiful hand-finished modern icon. Clean with warm water, dry thoroughly and apply a light layer of oil; your Smithey is designed to last for several lifetimes.