Just read this, and I agree - I got into using water and soap once in a while, and should get back to no water. Thanks for the reminder, and the knowledge that you guys up in New York still pass down the old world knowledge. Man, I bet you could tell us a few more things they passed on down to you. Anyway, for a great metal spatula for these cast iron pans, guys, look into Dexter & Rusell flippers. I bought both http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CJNBTO/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00 and http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CJNBTE/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i01 , and found them great additions to cooking with cast iron. I primarily use the smaller one since my pans are smaller when I cook for myself, but if I get a family sized pan or skillet, the larger will be perfect.