We wanted our handle to be long enough to allow you to choke down as the base of the pan heats up, but short enough so you can fit multiple Field Skillets on your stovetop at the same time. Because our hands don’t change, we made our handles almost identical across our entire range of pans, with one exception: our little stovetop sidekick, the No.4 Field Skillet. Because of its extra light-weight and diminutive size, we shrunk the No.4’s handle down slightly.
As we went about defining our design philosophy, we also wanted to add just enough romanticism to give our skillets a bit of personality. We added a subtle ridge to the top of the handle, which provides another layer of tactile feedback. Some of our favorite vintage cast iron skillets—such as those made by Wapak, as well as some old Norwegian designs and waffle presses—came to a point, so we adapted this element as well. (Not surprisingly, this whimsical addition created one of the most difficult quality-control issues in the first 20,000 or so Field Skillets. Modern manufacturing often makes you pay for your romantic ideals.)
Because a good skillet deserves to be proudly displayed on one’s kitchen wall, we knew our handles needed a hanging hole. Our brand mark is a shield, a reference to a shared love of Medieval history that Christopher and I picked up from our maternal grandmother, Betsy Field, for whom we also named our company. So we fashioned the hanging hole into the shape of a shield, both to make our brand visible while our pans are in use, and to add a coat of arms (of sorts) that communicates an honor code from the maker to the user: We made this finely crafted tool that will last forever—if you treat it well.