If you've never used a cast iron pan before, then this is the one you WANT to buy. It's much lighter than conventional cast iron pans. It doesn't require constant seasoning, it's very versatile, use in the oven and on the stove top. What's amazing about this pan is the non-stick aspect. The first thing I cooked was a fried egg. A bit of oil, threw the egg in and that sucker just slid around the pan after I nudged it a bit. Totally unreal. As long as you let the pan cool before cleaning it, it keeps this amazing property going. I'm completely 100% sold on this pan and if you take care of it properly, such as not using metal utensils on it and letting it cool before washing, it will never let you down. 200% recommend.