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This one was a variable speed Bosch random orbital.
That is good advice for those new to caring for cast iron. After using them for so long I tend to forget those things are not common knowledge.
I am not sure his pan was properly seasoned and he didn't use any oil on the first egg. Eggs always need a little release agent. I use bacon grease that I save in a jelly jar.
Some companies still make polished pans but they will cost you a pretty penny. Every now and then I score one at goodwill or an estate auction that is in good shape.
To me it is worth the effort to grind down a pan. Even if you dont get it perfectly smooth, it is worth it to remove the high spots that make it feel like sandpaper. I have been sanding down my pans for years. I sand down used thrift store finds as well.
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