A Plethora Of Pan Handles

The "Pan Handle" story started back in 2011, when I was asked "Can you make me a couple of these"? At the time I had no idea how many handles I would finish up making.

Please Note: These handles SHOULD NOT be considered water or dish washer proof. Prolonged exposure to water WILL result in damage occurring.

I use a variety of timbers to make replacement handles. Often I use English Oak and Ash, but I regularly have Mahogany and Iroko in stock (African and American hardwoods). I find these materials to be hard wearing, burn resistant, and "Fit For Purpose". Normally, I will use the timber I have available at the time of ordering, and unless otherwise specified, your handles will be supplied sealed and varnished. I do not keep any items in stock, all my handles, lid knobs and fittings are made to order, normally, with a very quick turn-around. Other materials can be used, but they may be subject to extra cost. Also, if additional work is required (or if fittings need to be replaced), the customer is ALWAYS advised up front.

Payment preferences are CWO, BACS or internet. Paypal can also be used so long as the "Friends and Family" option is used.

Many handles come in standard sizes, and normally I need nothing from you to allow me to do the job. If I have not seen your model of handle before, or if I do not have original fittings to work with, I will often ask to have your old handle and its fittings to copy. When the job is complete and the varnish is dry it is dispatched via Royal Mail.

If you are enquiring about handle replacements, please remember, a photo can replace a thousand words.

If there are any queries which I have not covered, please, feel free to get in touch. All my contact details are provided at the foot of this web page, or you can use the forms I have provided on the "Contact Page".

Le Creuset Pan Handles (long and short handle)


For me, this is where the journey into "Pan Handles" started.

My friends Gill and Jeff needed some replacement handles for their Le Creuset pans.

These are the completed handles, before a finish had been applied.

Andrew Buckle says "After searching the Internet I came across Jon's website.

I contacted Jon and asked if he could turn me some new wooden handles for our Le Creuset pan set which is over twenty years old.

I had previously contacted Le Creuset direct, but they were unhelpful and did not stock these particular handles any more. Jon made these replacements in Oak and I think they are better than the originals. The finish is great, they are resistant to burning and they are sturdy. I can only say that his work is of a very high standard and if you use his services you will not be dissapointed. I found his communication to be friendly and prompt, and it was a pleasure to do business with him."
    An interesting project that was much larger than anything I had ever done before started with "Dear Jon, I found your website online and one element particularly caught me eye - the saucepan handles. I liked all the other examples of your work too but it is the handles I am enquiring of". This was closely followed by "I'm looking for about 180 handles in all".

My reply was "An interesting prospect, and yes, I am happy to work with you. I am a hobby turner, not a production turner, so I would need this job to be spread out over a few months, rather than giving you a one batch hit".

A simple response came back, "I am delighted to hear such a positive reply from you, I am indeed".

Some discussion took place between myself and the customer regarding the timber to be used. We all know that Teak was the original wood used by the manufacturer, and it is very expensive to replace, using Teak would more than double my costs. Also, I felt that using something that looked close to Teak in appearance would always be just that (close, but not quite).

A couple of pans were sent (one long handle, one short handle), and some trial pieces were made and sent off, one Ash, one Cherry, and 2 Oak. After a few days, the customer came back with a decision to proceed, with Oak.

The overall timetable for this job turned out to be:
(pun intended)

      23rd August 2015, the original enquiry.

      5th September, four handles made and sent for
      assessment, they were two Oak, one Ash and one Cherry.

      23rd September, 18 handles dispatched.

      26th October, 40 handles dispatched.

      26th November, 110 handles dispatched.
      Total number of handles completed in 3 months was 170.

Yet another Le Creuset handle.
The owner is not known.

My cousin Karen asked me to make these for a dear friend of hers. Karen and I are special friends, and I am pleased to make these Le Creuset handles for her.

Easter Monday (28th March) - the weather was absolute pants. There was only one thing to do - make another 6 Le Creuset pan handles and send them to Frances Gillyon.

On 30th March Frances said: Hey Jon, the handles arrived thank you very much! they look fab :) I'll get on with the the Danish oil & send you a photo when they're done, or perhaps you've seen enough of them!!! ha ha, thanks again though, I'm really chuffed that I can keep my pans going..... Fran :)

And then on 1st April Frances said: Here you go, 3 finshed & fitted already. Many thanks to you they look fab again :)
Fran x

P.S. The old handles had so had it - I oiled the long screw too.
I had a 'Scottish' enquiry for some pan handles. They were completed with due dilligance, and I had some photo's back of the completed job, along with the following words.

"Many thanks, the handles arrived in the post this afternoon. They are great and I have already fitted them to our set of pans - a perfect fit. Thanks again for supplying these lovely handles and for the speed and ease with which you handled our original enquiry".
As is often the case, I had a typical "Le Creuset" enquiry, and I said my customary "YES", not appreciating that retrofitting a phenolic handle with a wooden one was going to be slightly different. Regardless of that, Adam and Abby said the following:

We bought some old Le Creuset pans in a charity shop but didn't want the old black phenolic handles.

We found Jon via Google, his work and reviews looked great and priced very reasonably. We had a swift reply to our initial message and all subsequent ones and found Jon very easy to deal with.

Initially we received handles from him that didn't fit - no fault of Jons - but our pans seem not to take the standard size he had produced for others.
We returned them without problem and he replaced them very quickly with new ones that were perfect (he even bought new equipment so that he was able to do this).

We are really happy with the product and they look lovely. We felt the service was impeccable and would certainly recommend Jon to others!

On 14th December 2016 I had an email from Ben Gregory saying "I stumbled across your site and am pleased to finally find someone who can make Le Creuset Pan Handles?"

On Friday 16th December the relevant bits arrived for me to replicate. Also on Friday 16th I sent an email saying that the handles were done and were on their way back via 1st class post.

On Sunday 18th December I had an email saying "Just a quick note to say a massive thank you for the handles, they all fit perfectly! The service and craftsmanship cannot be questioned".

When asked "Was she happy with them", Ben replied "Absolutely!... she wasn't expecting them back for Xmas".

A simple request, could I make a replacement handle for a
Le Creuset frying pan.

A simple reply, "Yes".

Until now I have not been asked for one of these, so all the bits were requested. Fortunately there was just enough information left within the old handle to leave me with a set of measurements to work to.

When the job was complete, John Poulter from Stirling (Feb '18) replied: Thanks Jon for the pan handle. It fits perfectly and looks fabulous - from so little to work from, incredible results.

No sooner had I done the pan pictured above I had anther request, from James Dough.

Having done the first one, it was simply a matter of replicating all the measurements, a quick and easy job which was well received.

Like all good buses, requests do seem to come along in 3's.

A Le Creuset frying pan arrived on the doorstep with a simple request, "Please make me a new handle".

On completion, the owner paid, and said "Thanks" (Feb '18).
It doesn't get much simpler than that.

It is now late February in 2021, and it is many months now since the frying pan notes were written above, so it won't hurt to add a new comment.

Bert Preist from Wolverley in the West Midlands emailed me, asking about a replacement handle for a Le Creuset frying pan.

Just 10 days after the original enquiry came in I had another email from Bert saying "I have just received the Le Creuset frying pan handle you made for me in the post this morning and I have to say it is fantastic. It fits perfectly and the finish looks great. Thank you once again."

Thanks for the comment Bert, I hope it serves you well.
In late March 2018 I had an email from Victoria Hoskyns, North London, saying that she had a 28 year old Le Creuset milk pan with a non stick base and a double lip.

She had managed to take off the handle but the metal stem was completely rusted and seemed as if it were welded to the pan.

The question was, "I imagine if I try to pull it out it will snap. Is it a lost cause?"

I asked about the state of the chrome ring and the hanging loop, and the reply was "it looks like it needs a complete refurb, a new stem, handle, loop and ring".
When the pan arrived, all became clear. The steel rod was rusted into the pan, the chrome ring was weak and damaged, the wooden handle was disintegrating, and the end of the rod had broken off in the hanging loop.

After a couple of days waiting time, I was able to email Victoria, saying "do you recognise this ??".

It is good to get a before and after shot like this.

A simple reply came back from Victoria, "it looks AMAZING".

An Alternative For Your OLD Le Creuset Loop Fitting


For a long time now I have been searching for ways to improve what I can offer with regard to repairs and re-furbishment of Le Creuset pans, and finally, I have come up with a solution that works well.

For several years now I have offered replacement ferrules made from Chromed Steel tube and the replacement of rusted or broken bolts, but the insurmountable problem has continually been obtaining original Le Creuset loop fittings.

Finally, I have found a suitable alternative. Made of stainless steel, this ring fitting serves as a good fixture for the handle, while retaining the essential look of the original. I have often thought that the original "short" handle was a little too short for comfort, and here you see my new fitting attached to a slightly longer handle, all mounted on a standard pan and bolt. I believe it looks good, and I am sure it will you serve well.


I acquired 3 Le Creuset saucepans via my late mother who got them in the 1970s or 80s!

Two of the wooden handles were badly worn, possibly because they had been through a dishwasher too many times. I embarked on a local search to find suggestions of how they could be fully repaired.

This proved to be totally unsuccessful so I resorted to the internet and came across Jon's website. I instantly thought this is exactly what I'm looking for so contacted Jon through Email.

I sent some photos to Jon and within 1/2 an hour I had a reply. The saucepans were despatched and were returned within a week. I am absolutely delighted.

The quality of the workmanship and value for money is superb, these pans will now last for years. I reckon the cost of the repair for both is less than 1/2 the cost of one new equivalent pan.

I'll be forever ever grateful and if you have a similar problem you will too. Its a strange world, I have never meet Jon, and probably, I never will.

Peter Crean, Sandwich, Kent (Nov '19)

The following enquiry came in from Iwan Roberts (Cardiff) in January 2021.

We have a wonderful set of 5 saucepans which are 30 years old and were inherited from a relative.

For many years we have done a terrible thing, we have washed them in a dishwasher, which as you can see has had a serious damaging effect on them.

The hangers have discoloured, the wooden handles have faded and become lose and the metal shafts break when you try to take them apart.

I see you have renovated some sets with new handles, hangers and possibly the shaft. My enquiry is to see if it's worth trying to repair them or should we look for replacements.
When the set arrived in my workshop I took the "before" photo shown above so that I would have something to compare with later.

All the old rods were cut off and the 5 pan stems were then re-drilled and threaded, ready to accept new rods.

I tried to re-drill the loop fittings with no success, so with Iwan's permission, I proceeded to fit new, replacement stainless steel loops.

One long and four short Oak handles were made and varnished. They had already been drilled to accomodate the needs of the new stainless steel loop fittings.

New rods were installed in the pans to the correct length, and assembly was completed.

The "after" photo shows what can be achieved with just a little effort, and before you ask, YES, it is the same set.


Another big Le Creuset job completed this week which was very satisfying.

A full 5 pan refurbish, complete with replacement knobs, all carried out for Derek and Heather O'Brian.

Each pan had to be drilled to receive a new stem bolt. A new Iroko handle was fitted and retained by a stainless steel loop fitting.

Add to that, the 5 new wooden lid knobs to match, Derek and Heather were well pleased with the fully refurbished set.

Not a difficult job, but a very pleasing result considering that when they arrived they looked very similar to the set shown above, (Oct '21).

Prestige Pan Handles And Lid Knobs


I have made replacement Prestige pan handles on many occasions. Like many others, the lifetime guarantee on the pan DOES NOT cover the handle, but, as always, I am happy to try and help refurbish your pans and lids.

An interesting request came in for Prestige replacements, it was 3 different fitting styles and lengths, plus knobs for lids.

A feature of SOME Prestige pans is the shaped finger grip on the bottom surface of the handle, plus, the minor inconvenience of the handle being more or less rectangular in profile (not good when you are a turner).
Prestige handles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, the "Finger Grip" with a squareish profile, the "Flat Top" which is rounded at the sides and has a flat top and bottom with a round ferrule, and, a very dark handle with a round ferrule at the front and a hanging loop at the back. On ONE occasion I have see a very slim, fully round handle with a slim round ferrule, but I have no other information on this one.

Regardless of the actual style, all replacement handles made by me will be fully rounded without a finger grip or a flat section top and bottom. In addition, I know of at least 6 lid knob styles, any of which can be supplied upon request. Please see the style codes noted above.

When Prestige handles are required, I always need to identify the style. Hopefully, this guide to what I already know will help you get what you want.

First, the "Finger Grip" (FG) style. These handles are typified by the almost square profile, the finger grip recesses on the bottom, and an odd shaped, almost 5 sided ferrule at the front.

This handle style is attached to the pan with a hooked bolt measuring 132mm (measured from the pan, as shown here) and a barrel nut in the end of the handle.


The "Flat Top" (FT) style of handle is surprisingly, flat on the top and the bottom, and is rounded at the sides.

I have seen these as 145mm and 155mm handles, I can supply either.

The ferrule on the "FT" style is a little over 24mm diameter, and it is all attached to the pan with a long bolt measuring 132mm from under the head to the end of the thread.


Latterly, I have found a different version of the Prestige handle needing to be replaced.

Again, the ferrule and attachment bolt is the same as the "FT" style.

To the best of my knowledge, these pans were marketed as the Prestige 7800 series and were sold exclusively by Boots.

The handle can be supplied in standard form to use your original aluminium ferrule, or if desired, and as shown here, it can be made up with a new, chrome plated steel ferrule to enhance the look of your pan-set.


The "Hanging Loop" style of pan handle is fully rounded and has a hanging loop at the rear end.

The ferrule and attachment bolt on this style of handle is identical to the older "FT" style shown on the left, above.


An interesting order came in while we were in the 2020 Coronavirus lock-down.

Colette Connell needed her Prestige "loop style" handles replacing. As it happens, she also told me that the hanging loop was never used, and could be dispensed with.

This was a rare opportunity to completely change the handle style (with new ferrules to be supplied also). Clearly, as shown in her response below, Colette was very happy with the result.

I would like to let you know that the pot handles and knobs arrived this morning and they are amazing. They look great and feel very comfy indeed, I'm delighted with them, thank you very much. I'd highly recommend your handles.
Colette Connell, Glasgow (May '20).

Jon Says:
Thanks Colette, it is always good to get positive feedback.

You never stop learning in this game.

The older style flat top handles use a cast aluminium ferrule as shown here on the left.

Later versions of the flat top handle use a rolled steel band as a ferrule with a folded seam on the bottom, as shown here on the right.

If you want a handle of this type it is important for me to know what type of ferrule you have.

Just to confirm that the pan handles arrived the day after you posted them. I am delighted with the handles, it's like having a new set of pans at a fraction of the cost!

Will definitely recommend your services.

Julie Dimond, Bath (Jan '18).

Thanks to the excellent craftsmanship of Jon Simpson, I have been able to replace all the handles on our 30 year old Prestige copper bottom stainless steel pans, thus extending their working life.

The 7 new handles and 4 knobs for the lids were completed and arrived within 7 days of Jon receiving one of the old handles.

I highly commend Jon's work and customer service.

Tim Coales, Croydon (Nov '17).

We cannot thank you enough for producing such look alike knobs for our pot lids, they almost make the pots look like new.

A brilliant service, for which I have looked for a very long time.

I will be ever grateful to you for these knobs and will keep your name for any future requirements we may have.

Alan Langston, Eynsham, Witney (Jan '18).

Jon Says:
Some Prestige lids have a 5mm stud welded to the top, others have a hole for a fixing screw. When enquiring, please make sure you tell me which type you need.

A request for 6 Prestige FG handles and 5 lid knobs came from Owen Matthews in London (Jan '18). After they were done and sent out to him, he sent the following message:

The handles fit perfectly and look great! Thanks so much.

My parents got the pans as a wedding present 45 years ago, and they became mine when I left for university in the 1990's.

Your work has given them a new lease of life. Maybe another 45 years! Thank you!

It gives me a lot of pleasure when I get comments like this, and I felt compelled to reply: "Ok thanks. Hope to hear from you in 2063".

The cast aluminium ferrule on a Prestige FT pan is prone to severe degredation and general pitting, especially when exposed to the ravages of a dishwasher. This does lead to weakness and often, it is not good enough to put onto a replacement handle.

I have tried to find a supply of the original ferrule to no avail, so I have been working on a prototype handle and ferrule for these pans which uses Brushed Chrome Steel tube for the ferrule.

The handle has been cut so that it wraps round the pan fitting to provide the essential lock against rotation and the ferrule has been sculpted with care to fit round the pan.

Several customers have said how pleased they are with these replacement handles and ferrules.

Please Note:

These new ferrules WILL NOT fit onto an existing handle, the handle and ferrule needs to be replaced as a matched pair.

Due to the extra work involved, they are slightly more expensive.

The modified handle attaches to the pan with your existing bolt.


In recent weeks (as of February 2021) I have been trialling the use of thick walled aluminium tube as a replacement ferrule.

Pictured here is an Iroko FT handle with a new style replacement aluminium ferrule.

In my opinion it does make a better product than the chrome tube, so I am going to gradually change over to using aluminium, as per the original pan fitting.
A few words from Steve Wilmin from the Wirral (Apr '18):

Faced with the prospect and cost of having to replace my lifetime Prestige saucepans or having to make do with crumbling & burnt handles, I decided to do some research and stumbled across Jon's fantastic website.

After a few initial questions, all of which were answered promptly, I ordered 3 handles & 3 knobs. I was delighted with the work that Jon did for me. The saucepans now look as good as new and I've saved a fortune.

Jon provided an exceptional level of service from start to finish. Be sure to check out the rest of his website. It's really interesting !!

See Here:
An Old Flat Top Handle Along Side My Rounded Version.

I get requests for Prestige Hanging Loop pans a lot less than others, and this enquiry resulted in a very good photo (and response) to show here.

The story started with an email containing words I have read many times: "I have a set of Prestige saucepans that desperately need some new handles. You've probably heard this story so many times. I need three of these and was wondering if you could provide a cost for making these? If there are any further details required please contact me."

The story ended with the following message:

Thanks very much Jon, the replacement handles worked a treat. You are very skilled, and the service you give is exceptional. Vic Brading, Higham, Kent (June '18).

I received the following enquiry from Ross McConnell via email on Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon, 25th August.

"Hi, could I please order three replacement prestige handles, 2 finger grip style and 1 Flat top, 145mm long. The ferrule is cast aluminium. Could I also order 2 knobs, both secured by a fixing screw. Please let me know price, including delivery to Kinross, Scotland".

Within half an hour I responded with a fixed price quote, and the reply was "That's great, I've sent payment across to you".

My next contact on this order was on Friday evening, 30th August, when Ross said "Handles arrived today, many thanks for the fast turn around, we're delighted with the quality of your craftsmanship. They fit perfectly and our saucepans look as good as new, here's to the next 35 years!"
Ross & Carol McConnell (August '19).

Linda Hyde refers to her "NEW" 50 year old pans:

I received the pan handles yesterday, a brilliant surprise as I did not expect them so soon and they are perfect. My pans are restored to their former glory and look brand new.

I am so so pleased that I found your excellent talent and expertise on the web, many many grateful and sincere thanks, and cheers, Linda Hyde, Rochdale (May '21).
If you have a valued Prestige Copper Bottom pan with a black plastic handle, read on. Often these handles give way inside, leaving them in a state whereby they cannot be used safely.

As shown here, I am able to replace your handle with a varnished Oak replacement using your original bolt and ferrule, thus restoring your much loved pan to full health.
Once again, I find an oportunity to enhance and improve:

A simple enquiry related to the need to replace one Prestige Flat Top handle, along with the added comment "Can you put a hole through the end so I can hang it on a Butcher's Hook".

I explained to the customer that it was not a good idea to put a hanging hole through the end where the securing bolt lives, and that a stainless steel hanging loop was a much better option.

Using an extended rod to connect it all together, you see the final result here. A very practical way to enhance a valuable Prestige copper bottom pan with extra functionallity and good looks (Nov '21).

A Pan marked as "Victor"


On Thursday 8th October Ben Whittle said "I would love you to make me a couple of replacement pan handles if that is possible? I'd much rather give my money to you than whoever made our pan".

I requested photo's and the old handle and fittings. Upon receipt I found that because the old handle was in very poor condition, one of the dimensions I needed was unclear, and I told Ben what my best guess was going to be. He agreed with my guess.

Work started, and the replacements were made within a day or so. Payment was requested, and made via BACS the same day.

Having returned the pieces by first class post, I had an email from Ben on Tuesday 13th October saying:

"Just to let you know they arrived safely - and fitted first time. Great job, and thanks for the very efficient and high quality service".

An Old "Marks & Spencer" Copper Bottomed Pan


A couple of weeks later John came back to me asking for a new knob for the pan lid.

The job took a few days extra as I needed to get some thread inserts from "that" well known internet auction site.

Having made a good copy of the original and given it a couple of coats of varnish, I have posted this picture before John gets the new knob in the post, I hope he likes it.

Pans From Other Manufacturers


A request that came in where the original pan manufacturer was unspecified (hindsight tells me this was probably an old Prestige handle with a hanging loop).

The job needed to be done in Mahogany which was no problem as I had some odd bits under the bench.

When the handle was complete I sent a photo, and the only reply was "Brilliant. Will get the cash off to you via bacs".

A Well Loved And Much Valued Family Friend
owned by Chris Lordots (October 2017)

    This little job started off in much the same way as most of the things I do, an email request to replace the aging handle on a much loved pan. There was a problem with the retaining bolt, which had seized and broken off.

If it was not going to be too expensive, I offered to drill out and tap the stubb, and supply a stainless steel bolt to pull it all together. I was then informed that the pan was on the way, and could I supply two handles. It was only when the pan arrived that I found out that it had come from Cary, Illinois, in the U.S.A.

The job was completed in the normal way, and duly sent off via an international courier.

Some days later, I had the following kind words from Chris.

Thank you so much for the work you did on this pan. You did it quick, more than professional and very affordable.
  I also appreciate your quick response to my questions, you asking my suggestions, and touching base through the whole process.

The grip is better than the original. It's like having a new pan again. This thing is 70 or so years old and it's going to live to see another generation of use in my family. I made a grilled cheese yesterday for my little one and I grilled bagels this morning as I was making my kids breakfast sandwiches. If I have anything else around my house that needs fabrication from wood. I'll be coming to you!

Another Well Loved Family Friend (December 2019)

Sometimes you never know what to expect next, and opinions on what is worth saving will always vary.
This little job was just such a case.

Clearly, the owner of this garden scoop was of the opinion that the family history value far outweighed the practical value of the scoop, and so requested that it be brought back into use with a nice new handle and ferrule, "oh!, and by the way, it needs to have a hanging loop at the end".

The owner says: "I just picked it up from the Post Office. Absolutely wonderful. I couldn't stop showing it to people in the supermarket and became quite a nuisance in the process! First Class Work And Service".
David Murphy, Kettering (December '19).
As is often the case, I received an email enquiry, this time, from a gent named Keith Trayling.

"Hope you can help Jon. I have an old kettle and the handle needs replacing. Just wondering if you can help and what it would cost. The handle is 115mm long and 35mm at it's widest".

Having requested the original parts to work with, I made a replacement handle, sent it out to the customer, and received the following email a few days later.

"An old copper kettle, brought back to life, and it's crowning glory is Jon's handle. Your communication was excellent, your price extremely reasonable and the finished product was far better than I expected. Thanks again Jon you're a great find". Keith Trayling, Chard, (February '22).