Our new line of light cast iron pans are made in a metal mold, not a sand mold, so we are able to reduce the gauge and offer a pan that is 50% lighter than traditional cast iron pans on the market. The light cast iron has the same features as traditional cast iron, without any of the negatives. Our cast iron has a reinforced ceramic surface that prevents rust with no PTFE, no PFOAs and no toxic fumes, even when using high heat. The light cast iron retains and transmits heat quickly and evenly for perfect browning without needing to use a maximum heat setting. The riveted stainless steel handle stays cool to the touch on stovetop, yet still allows oven use.