First, the obvious. This piece honestly doubles as art and skillet. The attention to detail is obvious, as is the supreme craftsmanship/quality.
Sear steaks, fry eggs over easy, or cook up some ground beef and beans in it… it all works and it works well.
This thing heats up in seconds (butter disappeared in under 60 seconds after turning in my gas range), however you can use it for a prolonged period of time without the need for a handle cover.
The only potential downside to this pan is the sheer weight, which is absolutely to be expected. This definitely is not a gift I’d send over to my gam-gam for the holidays. She’d likely break a hip trying to pull it out of the cupboard. A+++