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What to do when the handle falls off your Revere Ware skillet

One of the most frequent questions we get asked is how to reattach a handle that has separated from a pan, right where the spot weld attaches it.

Unfortunately, there is no good solution.  A machine or weld shop may be able to braze it back on for you, but it probably won’t look that great and might be expensive, if you can even find someone willing to do a small job like that.

However, we recently came across this unique Revere Ware piece for sale on eBay:

That is a tarte tatin, or quiche pan.  Turns out, when the handle falls off your pan, you can easily turn it into a win-win situation by just getting a set of grabbers.

Something like this will work even if you want to continue to use your pan on the stove top (some of us are nostalgic like that).

I call this a win-win because Revere Ware pans with Bakelite on them do not do well in the oven as the Bakelite can degrade from the heat and emit a very foul odor; but people seem to love using them in the oven nonetheless.  If your handle falls of, why not embrace it and turn it into a tarte tatin or quiche pan?


Revere Ware find of the week – vintage Revere Ware sets from eBay

Last week we wrote about the value economics of buying a new set of Revere Ware vs a vintage one.  Our conjecture is that, it costs about the same to get a nice set of vintage Revere Ware from eBay, which will last for decades more, instead of mere years for the poor quality newly manufactured copper bottom Revere Ware.

Along these lines, there are often full sets of vintage pieces that are available for a reasonable c ost. Take this 12 piece set.

Or this 16 piece set.

Both sets (and the many more like them) are comparable to the per piece cost we outlined in the previous post.


Determining which size 2-screw style replacement handle you need

In an attempt to make it easier to determine the proper sized replacement handle of the 2-screw variety, we’ve expanded the detail in all our 2-screw handle product listings.  This seems to give people a lot of difficulty, so it is worth pontificating on it here.

We sell small, medium, large, and x-large size of the 2-screw style handle.  It is fairly straight-forward to determine the proper size handle based on the height of the metal spline (the metal part the two handle halves go around) , the distance between the centers of the two holes, and the overall length of the Bakelite part of the handle.  If you check your measurements and cant’ find a match, please contact us to ask for help before purchasing.

Size Metal spline height Distance between hole centers Overall Bakelite length
Small 3/8″ 2.75″ 4.5″
Medium 5/8″ 2.6″ 4.6″
Large 3/4″ 3.1″ 5.25″
X-Large 3/4″ 3.7″ 5.7″

If you aren’t sure what the quote (“) means to the right of the numbers in the above table, it is shorthand for inches.

If you aren’t sure what the spline is, or how to measure the height, here is a graphic that should help.

It should be noted that cookware requiring the small handle is very rare in the wild.  If you think you need the small handle, make sure.  This is our most frequently returned part. 


Order ahead for holiday delivery

Just a reminder that if you want to order from us for delivery by Dec 25th, make sure you order early enough.  We ship primarily by USPS First Class Mail, which typically takes 2-3 business days to anywhere in the continental US.  However, as we get closer to December 25th, everything takes longer.

We can’t make any guarantees, but suggest ordering December 18th at the latest for delivery by Christmas.