Carbon steel pans are an excellent alternative to coated frying pans, but like cast iron, they need some care. The non-stick properties of a carbon steel pan improve with use and seasonings. Carbon steel pans do not have a coating that would wear off – a natural non-stick surface of fat and carbon builds up over time. A long-life carbon steel pan is an excellent choice when you want your frying pan to have a long life and outstanding frying and searing properties! The black carbon steel pan does not need to be seasoned right away when it is taken into use, but you should use more fat for frying at first and season the pan whenever necessary.