Worth 5X the cost of a Lodge?
Pride of ownership is only worth so much. Yes, made in SC. Yes, you can buy 5 lodge griddles for the cost of the Smithey. But what you don't get is a perfectly formed, perfectly machined, and well thought out design. I'm a stickler for details. I don't like casting marks. I don't like sharp edges left over from casting. Lodge simply does not take the time to polish, grind, or fit their products. My new 10" griddle perfectly fits the 10" skillet from years prior. With my Smithey, cooking is a joy.
Daniel C.- Palmer Alaska.