If you are young and able-bodied, you can take the form factor of the frying pan for granted. But if you've ever injured your wrist or simply have hit a certain age, lifting a heavy cast-iron pan loaded with food becomes a wildly unergonomic, even painful, task.
For this reason a company called Kitchinventions designed the Pan Buddy, a two-piece contraption made of heat-resistant nylon.
The first part slips over the handle of the pot or pan, loosely; the second part then screws down through the first part to make contact with the handle and hold everything fast. You can then lift the pan with a more ergonomic "handshake" alignment, easing the stress on your wrist. (As a bonus, it also obviates the need for additional heat protection from a cast-iron handle.)
I'd love it if the thing was more attractive, but it seems effective and is admittedly form follows function. They run $20 a pop.
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The execution has some sex toy qualities but love the idea!
Once again, designer solving the wrong problem. If the pan/pot is that heavy, it should have handles on both sides and be lifted with two hands. Easier as well as much more stable and safer. Even the cast iron skillet shown on the stove top has handles on both sides, for exactly that reason.
Cool idea! Those finger indentations; however, are rather un-ergonomic. The grip can definitely be improved for higher traction/ usability and lower hand strain.
They definitely understand the mechanics. of the problem. They should try to make a version that use the basic mechanical forces in ways to remove the need for the threaded connection.