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Cookware from Syracuse, New York’s Borough Furnace marries the best qualities of your grandma’s cast-iron skillet—its sturdiness, its uniform heat conduction—with an updated, elegant design. Forged from scrap iron, each pan has gently sloping sides that allow easy access with a spatula, and a long handle whose forked base dissipates heat to stay cool while cooking. A preseasoned, satiny surface lets you fry potatoes without sticking and imparts a perfect sear to chops and steaks.

Cast iron frying skillets, from $280 at