we got the 12" Lodge cast-iron pan as a wedding gift and recently got the opportunity to use it for the first time. as I washed it with hot water and stiff brush I noticed that the white brush turned black. then also noticed black flakes on my hands as I handled the pan.
obviously this is not normal. the website where we registered for gifts listed the 12" pan as pre-seasoned, so there would be no pre-use procedure necessary.
we also have a 10" Lodge cast-iron pan and have not used it yet. since the weird discovery of blackened brush and black flakes coming off, we are leery of using the smaller pan.
any help and hints would be greatly appreciated! otherwise we're returning it as it may be defective.