Samson Historical Forged Folding Skillet

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Samson Historical Forged Folding Skillet

Postby theowl » Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:34 pm

I received the 9" forged folding skillet recently, and figured I'd give a review since a few people on here were talking about folding skillets not too long ago.

The fit and finish is really nice (not as rough forged as I'd like, but it will get some character with use.) It's light, just under 1 lb, which is half the weight of the 7" cast iron skillet that this will be replacing. The only mark on it is the "INDIA" stamp on the bottom center, which I can live with. The handle is a butted steel cone attached to a hinge on the inner lip of the skillet. This way it folds into the skillet conveniently and you can wedge a stick into the handle socket to give yourself a bit more reach/fewer burns. The handle is secure. There's no real right or left wobble and it holds in place pretty well when extended, though gravity does most of the work.

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We had a break in the rain, so the toddler and I fired up the pit and made some lunch.
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The heat distribution is great. Its very light, so maneuvering it was easy, even with the awkward hunk of firewood used as a handle.

I'm very pleased. For $35 this thing is definitely worth it.
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Re: Samson Historical Forged Folding Skillet

Postby TaylorSteiner » Thu Jan 09, 2020 3:04 am

Nice! I like that folding handle.
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Re: Samson Historical Forged Folding Skillet

Postby Ghostsoldier » Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:51 pm

I've got to look into getting one of those! I'm currently sporting an American WW 1 mess kit, lol. :P

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Re: Samson Historical Forged Folding Skillet

Postby Greg » Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:53 pm

Ursus packs something similar to this, and fried up some bannock on our last trip. Looks very useful, and seems reasonably close to Samwise's "Shallow pans"!
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Re: Samson Historical Forged Folding Skillet

Postby theowl » Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:43 am

Greg wrote:Ursus packs something similar to this, and fried up some bannock on our last trip. Looks very useful, and seems reasonably close to Samwise's "Shallow pans"!

In the spirit of sam I was packing a 7" cast iron skillet and a small steel dutch oven, but I'm dumping both for this thing. It's so much more convenient and weighs almost nothing in comparison. I'm debating replacing my oven with something cauldron-esque and lighter, so we'll see where that takes me.
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Re: Samson Historical Forged Folding Skillet

Postby Manveruon » Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:07 pm

Very nice! I have utterly neglected my mess-kit, to be honest, but I may just have to nab one of these for myself someday.

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