I really like cast iron. It's really heavy, but it heats so evenly and cooks food nicely. My previous cast iron skillet got destroyed by improper care (not me), so when this came available thru Spark Reviewer, I jumped at the chance to replace it. I was initially hesitant about this, being a “licensed” name on the line. But upon arrival, those hesitations have waned. It arrived in a huge box, well packaged. By huge, I mean about four foot, by two foot, by 6 inches. Inside that shipping box was another thick box with a little styrofoam to hold the pan in place. Seriously, so much cardboard! If you need cardboard for a kid's project and need a new cast iron skillet, buy this! Get two birds with one stone. When I cut the cardboard down to put it in the recycling, it filled a 12x12x12 inch smaller box I had. But, it was really well packed to avoid damage to it or the box during shipping.
On to usage... my first trial was to make some simple homemade chicken strips. The pan heated evenly and the chicken cooked without burning. I did use metal tongs without an issue, but the manufacturer recommends non metallic utensils. I will be getting some silicone tongs, I just don't have any now. I was just careful and didn't have issues with scratches in the seasoning. The pan is preseasoned, and comes with easy to follow instructions for reseasoning when needed. After the pan fully cooled, I cleaned it according to the instructions. Just hot water did not get out all the cooked on breading, but I used a little rock salt, per pan instructions, to rub off the food. Rinsed the pan, dried it with a towel (don't ever let cast iron air dry, it leads to rusting), and it looks just like it came out of the box.
I've only used this once, and only had it a week, but so far I am impressed. Going to try to bake in it next. I'll update the review if it goes south after baking, but otherwise, I am happy with this pan.