'RAW' and 'SATIN' refers to the surface finish (this is not a coating).
'RAW' just traditional raw iron, with no pre-seasoning or surface blasting. Coated in natural beeswax for rust protection, ready for your seasoning and cooking. However, our new to Kickstarter Raw AUS-ION Lightning pans, will not be wax coated - they will be just dipped in oil to prevent short-term rust and ready for seasoning.
The difference is the finish of the product at the manufacturing level. RAW means the pan is left RAW post-manufacturing (similar to french carbon steel pans) and has a fine layer of natural beeswax applied to protect it from rust and SATIN is shot-peened and pre-seasoned with a layer of rice bran oil post-manufacturing.
Thus SATIN is textured (much like cast iron) though with seasoning the performance of the pans ultimately is the same. SATIN was developed to create efficiency in seasoning especially for cooks new to iron. RAW is smoother sooner, whereas SATIN takes a little more time though too will be smooth.
With seasoning and cooking, both finishes perform the same, the finish makes no difference to the durability of the pan.
AUS-ION are workhorse pans, not beauty queens, performance is key - the proof as you will see is in the cooking!
All pans are engraved with the month and year of manufacture for heirloom collectibility.
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