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Lighter, Smoother Cast Iron—an American classic meticulously redesigned with a modern twist: The Field Skillet
Lighter, Smoother Cast Iron—an American classic meticulously redesigned with a modern twist: The Field Skillet
Lighter, Smoother Cast Iron—an American classic meticulously redesigned with a modern twist: The Field Skillet
12,553 backers pledged $1,633,361 to help bring this project to life.

No Fools, Only a Special Gift for Our Champions

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When you run a Kickstarter project, you get a lot of advice to constantly message people, cross-promote other campaigns, and set new stretch goals to hype your audience. We haven’t done too much of that because we believe in the golden rule: treat others like you want to be treated. We want to inspire, educate, entertain, and inform. That same belief makes us want to share some history and stories with you—and then a gift.

This whole thing started because we really liked some vintage cast iron pans. Vintage pans come in all shapes and sizes, but certain ones have become collector’s items because they’re rare. Rarity doesn’t make something special, but they’re related. Something becomes special because it has extra meaning.

With vintage cast iron pans, collectors look at the marks and logos and how they changed over time—which tell a story of when the pans were made, where they were made, and what processes were used. Here’s a few examples:

Pictured here are maker’s marks on Erie pans which produced from 1880-1910. The marks may have been used as signature or to act as a form of quality control.*
Pictured here are maker’s marks on Erie pans which produced from 1880-1910. The marks may have been used as signature or to act as a form of quality control.*
This is a very rare 1870 - 1890 Erie Spider. Because the spider is raised off the pan’s surface, very few have remained in collector-quality condition. An Erie Spider in good shape has an estimated value of $1,500 - $2,000 as of 2013.*
This is a very rare 1870 - 1890 Erie Spider. Because the spider is raised off the pan’s surface, very few have remained in collector-quality condition. An Erie Spider in good shape has an estimated value of $1,500 - $2,000 as of 2013.*

Making Something Special for Our Earliest Fans

We are deeply appreciative of our earliest supporters and fans—you've helped us come so far and so fast. The Field Skillet is special to us because we did it as brothers and we put one of our family names on it. We're making a fantastic tool that will last forever. And now: we're going to make every pan for our Kickstarter supporters rare.

You are our champions. By spreading the word on Facebook, telling friends, and sending emails you've made this all possible. In the Field family, there is an old mark that contains a stalk of wheat. Ben Barry, our designer, brought it into the identity of the Field Company as a secondary mark—something to be used only occasionally.

The laurel wreath is a symbol of champions. You are our champions—and we are going to bend and curve our mark to be reminiscent of a laurel wreath just for you. We're going to add it, subtly and distinctively, only to pans for our Kickstarter backers and it will never appear in the same way again. We're in the process of finalizing the design and looking forward to sharing it.

Bigger Ambitions: an American Brand Built by the Internet

We hope that this is just the beginning of our story and a set of products that gain meaning over time. We've gone from a humble project—to a project with an incredible base of champions. And now it's time for us to get to work building the business, which we hope becomes an iconic American brand—made possible by the Internet.

To you, our earliest supporters, we ask for your help to push these last few days of the campaign and help us crack $1M. This will firmly set the foundation of a thing we hope lasts many years—and if we're lucky, generations. 

To help, please share one of these two links on Facebook and by email:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/field-company/the-field-skillet-lighter-smoother-cast-iron/

http://food52.com/blog/16366-how-2-brothers-reinvented-the-cast-iron-skillet

A Few Friends We've Met Along the Way...

While we're sharing family stories... Stephen spent a couple summers in Alaska working as a salmon fisherman where he got a firsthand look at the commercial fishing industry—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Traveler Terpening has been a sustainability-focused commercial fisherman in Alaska for 20 years. He's doing it right and he wants to be your direct fisherman. He takes all the extra steps that make for a product far superior to what you will find in a store. Check him out:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/salmonandsable/salmon-and-sable

Meater

Developing the Field Skillet, we spent a lot of time thinking about heat. We used a number of different measurement tools. When the folks from Meater reached out, we were intrigued with their product. In particular, the fact that it's a normal thermometer, but it also has an ambient heat sensor on the end. If you're into precision cooking and like going long, low, and slow (like barbecue at home), this might be for you:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1977846026/meater-the-first-truly-wireless-smart-meat-thermom

Monitor the internal and ambient temperature of your smoked pork butt roast.
Monitor the internal and ambient temperature of your smoked pork butt roast.

*Footnote: the marks on the vintage pans are courtesy of the wonderful Book of Griswold & Wagner by David G. Smith and Chuck Wafford. 

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      DWanna Whitener on April 12

      My Pledge was April 2016. I received my skillet today! It's GREAT!!! Not as heavy as the really old ones but still sturdy and substantial. About to get it seasoned now. Thanks for keeping us updated through your journey and process. Best wishes to you!

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      Irene Shuck on March 22

      Purchased April 6, 2016.... No Skillet. What's the deal?

    3. Wayne Hancock on March 11

      Still no delivery, it's March when it said it would be delivered in January...

    4. Jason Sutton on January 6

      Hi. Still no delivery. Been quite a while now. Tracker says it's still in NJ. That's a long way from London.

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      Lee Kroencke on April 21, 2016

      When will the first production run ship? I am one of the first funders and I am eagerly and enthusiastically awaiting my skillet! Thanks

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      Jason Hale on April 6, 2016

      Incredibly, I have only just heard of your amazing Kickstarter campaign and just got my pledge in, with about 15 minutes in to spare! I wish I had found this later. I know a few family members who would have liked to get one. Any ideas when they might be available by retail? I may have to double dip. I don't know if I can wait 10 more months before I can get one in my hands!

    7. Field Company Creator on April 4, 2016

      Zack, we appreciate it. We've had a few press hits from friends, but have done so well by word just spreading through individuals that we haven't tried that hard to push the press. I think journalists appreciate "finding" a story rather than having it foisted on them. Why take away their joy of discovery?

    8. Zack Latham
      Superbacker
      on April 3, 2016

      How has this not been in the news? It's very rare for a product to get over $1,000,000 in pledges

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      JeremyW on April 3, 2016

      Love your use of the world "subtlety" and your sense of design. I've supported other projects that have decided to slap the Kickstarter logo on their products as a "thank you" to supporters only to ruin the aesthetics in my mind and the mind of many other supporters.

      Continue the good work!

    10. Field Company Creator on April 1, 2016

      Joseph—we've watched a lot of Kickstarters choke by offering too many things as stretch goals that were not on the critical path to their main goal. We have some things we're excited about that are at the concept and sketch stage—and figure that people will be happier with us completely focused on delivery of the main goods. In hindsight, it would have been nice to parallel track something like a lid—but when you're a two person team with no budget you have to really embrace those constraints.

      We hope you follow along with us by email (sign up at http://fieldcompany.com) and on Instagram (@fieldcompany) to see what else we come up with over the coming months.

    11. Field Company Creator on April 1, 2016

      Thank you—Michael, Glen, and Zack—you're the ones helping drive this thing.

    12. Joseph Roberts on April 1, 2016

      I'm not gonna lie... I kinda got excited thinking you were gonna include lids as a stretch goal....

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      MICHAEL HARTFORD on March 31, 2016

      wE CURRENTLY USE WAGNER CAST FRY PANS ON AN ALMOST DAILY BASIS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO ADDING THE FIELD BRAND TO OUR HOUSEHOLD. GREAT GOING AND WE ARE CONFIDENT IN "OUR" SUCCESS! FIRST TIME AS A BACKER OF AN AMERICAN MADE PRODUCT, AND CANNOT BE MORE PLEASED WITH OUR CHOICE OF PRODUCT-OR COMPANY.

    14. Glen Young on March 31, 2016

      Here's to $1M! Easily one of my favorite Kickstarter projects to support.

    15. Zack Latham
      Superbacker
      on March 31, 2016

      I'm honored! Here's to $1,000,000!

      Everyone like and comment to tip the Kickstarter analytics!